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Baseball still unbeaten in BRC

The Raider baseball team swept a doubleheader from River Falls last Monday and shut out Rice Lake, 12-0, Thursday to improve to 4-0 in Big Rivers Conference play.

The only blemish on the Raider week came Saturday at Baldwin-Woodville, where they dropped a 2-0 nonconference decision to the Pirates. A day earlier they beat Prescott, 8-3.

This week the Raiders, now 7-3 overall and 4-0 in BRC play, will host Chippewa Falls (10-2, 3-1) Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m. and travel to South St. Paul Friday, May 8.

Hudson started off last week by sweeping River Falls, 11-4 and 6-1, at Grandview Park.

Kory Koller was 4-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in the first game while Tyler Dierke earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball. He struck out six and walked two while allowing just one earned run.

Dierke went 4-for-4 in the nightcap with a double, two RBI and a run scored while Jeff Schmitz picked up the win, allowing one unearned run on two hits with one strikeout and two walks in five innings of work.

Cory Larson finished up on the mound in both games, allowing four hits in three total innings of work.

Dierke, Larson and Schmitty continued to throw well for us on the mound," Raider head coach Ryan Huppert said. "They threw a high percentage of strikes both games and challenged the River Falls hitters all day."

Matt Drew, Andy Edholm and Taylar Zarfos contributed two hits apiece in the opener, including doubles by both Edholm and Zarfos.

Derek Krumrei had a double and scored a run and Jake Hayes had a hit an RBI in the nightcap.

"Out of 60 at-bats, we had 23 hard hit ball," Huppert noted. "That is one stat we have been discussing a lot at practice and something we want to continue to improve. E did a good job with our approach at the plate and getting a pitch we could handle and drive."

At Rice Lake Thursday, Koller had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs, while Drew went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI to lead the Raiders to a 12-0 win.

Edholm and Dierke also had two hits apiece while Zarfos doubled and Hayes walked four times and scored twice.

Edholm picked up the win on the mound, allowing four hits while striking out three and walking two in six innings. Austin Lenzen retired the Warriors in order in the seventh.

At Prescott Friday, the Raiders rallied to tie the score with three runs in the sixth, ten scored five in the seventh to pull out an 8-3 win.

Hayes was 2-for-3 with four RBI while Chase Graskewicz had a hit, walk and scored two runs. Edholm also had a hit and two RBI.

Larson started on the mound for the Raiders and allowed one earned run on six hits in three innings pitched. Schmitz worked the next three innings and was credited with the win, allowing two unearned runs on three hits while Dierke struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh.

Saturday at Baldwin-Woodville, Zarfos had two hits and Graskewicz, Koller, Hayes and Luke Hanson had one hit each but the Raiders couldn't get any runs across in a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks.

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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