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Softball swept by Rice Lake

Raider shortstop Maddie Karras tags out a Rice Lake baserunner trying to steal second after taking the throw from catcher Chelsea Walczak as second baseman Devan Ducharme (13) and righfielder Ari Schultz move in to back up the play in the third inning of the Raiders' 7-0 loss to the Warriors in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at Grandview Park. Bob Burrows photo

The Raider softball team suffered its first two losses of the season Thursday when Rice Lake swept a doubleheader, 7-0 and 3-2, at Grandview Park.

Hudson, now 7-2, 4-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, will host Chippewa Falls (8-2, 4-2) Thursday, May 7 and compete in the Robbinsdale Tournament Saturday, May 9.

Last Thursday in the first game against Rice Lake, the Warriors scored three unearned runs in the first inning. Hudson had runners in scoring position in two of the first three innings, including the bases loaded in the third, but couldn't push a run across.

Maddie Karras had two of the Raiders' four hits in the loss while Devan Ducharme and Ari Schultz had the others.

Abby Singerhouse pitched a strong game but was hampered by eight Raider errors that led to six unearned runs. Singerhouse went the distance and allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out three and walking one.

Singerhouse allowed just three hits in the nightcap as well and the Raiders committed just two errors in the field, but the second error allowed the Warriors to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and hand the Raiders a 3-2 defeat.

Rice Lake took a 2-0 lead in the second before Hudson cut the gap in half with a run in the third when Sydney Berger walked, advanced on a single by Karras and scored when Singerhouse hit into a fielder's choice.

Hudson tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Erin Anderson led off the inning with a single, went to second on a sacrifice by Schultz and scored on a single by Missi Tenant.

Singerhouse was tagged with the loss, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out three and walking three.

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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