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Comeback kids rally at River Falls

Raider junior Erin Anderson drills a double into the gap in left center to drive in Chelsea Walczak with the team's first run in the fourth inning of the first game of a doubleheader at River Falls Thursday. Hudson rallied from behind in both games to sweep the Wildcats and remain undefeated. Photo by Bob Burrows

Twice at River Falls last Thursday the Raider softball team trailed going into the seventh inning. And twice the Raiders rallied for wins.

Hudson came back from a 7-0 deficit in the opener of the doubleheader to win, 10-8, in eight innings. It was the third extra-inning win of the season for the Raiders.

In the nightcap, Hudson fell behind 2-0, only to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 5-4 victory. It was the second time this year the Raiders won a game in their final at-bat.

Earlier in the week the Raiders posted a 6-1 nonconference victory over Prescott. The three wins last week improved their record to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in Big Rivers Conference play. They host Rice Lake for a doubleheader Thursday (April 30) at 4 p.m. at Grandview Park.

The Raiders got off to a rough start at River Falls last Thursday, falling behind 7-0 early. They got a pair of runs back in the top of the fourth when Chelsea Walczak singled and scored on a double by Erin Anderson, and Anderson scored on a single by Meghan Hanson.

The Wildcats extended their lead to 8-2 with a run in the fifth but Hudson pushed two more runs across in the sixth on singles by Hanson and Maggie Whitacre, a pair of Wildcat errors, and an RBI single by Ali Kocik, to cut the lead in half.

Trailing 8-4 in the top of the seventh, Abby Singerhouse reached on an error and scored on a double by Walczak to make it an 8-5 game. Anderson then reached on an error, Hanson singled to score Walczak, and Anderson and Hanson scored on a triple by Devon Ducharme to tie the score, 8-8.

After retiring the Cats in order in the bottom of the inning, Singerhouse drew a one-out walk and scored on a double by Walczak, and Walczak scored on a two-out double by Hanson to give the Raiders the 10-8, extra-inning victory.

Singerhouse went the distance on the mound to earn the win, allowing seven hits while striking out eight and walking one.

In the nightcap, Hudson fell behind early and trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. Ducharme, Anderson and Hanson all walked to load the bases with no outs. A double by Brittany Jennings scored Ducharme and Anderson to tie the score and Jennings scored the winning run on a base hit by Maddie Karras.

Hanson picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out four and walking two.

Singerhouse twirled a two-hitter in last Tuesday's 6-1 victory over Prescott. She allowed one earned run while striking out eight and walking one.

At the plate, Anderson had two hits, one RBI and one run scored and Jennings had a hit, RBI and run scored. Karras had a hit and RBI and Missi Tenant had an RBI and scored a run while Shelby Berger had an RBI.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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