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Baseball: Raiders slip at Chippewa

Photo by Bob Burrows Raider senior Chase Graskewicz hits a sacrifice fly in Hudson's 3-0 nonconference win over Como Park, Minn., Friday at Grandview Park.

The Raider baseball team dropped a crucial game at Chippewa Falls Thursday but remains in the hunt for at least a share of the Big Rivers Conference title.

Thanks to Eau Claire North beating conference leading Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, the door is still open for the Raiders (16-6 overall, 8-3 BRC), who face the Old Abes this week in Eau Claire.

"If we win, we'll at least share the conference with Memorial and possible North if they beat River Falls Thursday," Hudson head coach Ryan Huppert said. Memorial already has a share of the title.

(Note: After this edition went to press, the score of the game against ECM was reportedly a 2-0 Raiders loss.)

Last week in Chippewa Falls, the Cardinals took advantage of three Raider errors to score five runs in the third inning on their way to a 5-2 win over Hudson.

Tyler Dierke went the distance on the mound and was tagged with the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking none. He also led the Raiders at the plate with two hits, a run scored and a run batted in. Taylar Zarfos and at Drew also had a hit apiece in the game while Chase Graskewicz walked three times, including once with the bases loaded to drive in a run.

Friday at Grandview Park, Graskewicz drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Zarfos had two hits, including a double and an RBI, in the Raiders' 3-0 win over Como Park. Andy Edholm doubled and scored in the victory while Dierke and Derek Krumrei each scored a run.

Jeff Schmitz and Cory Larson combined on a two-hit shutout. Schmitz started and worked the first four innings, allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout to earn the win while Larson picked up the save with three innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Raiders will travel to New Richmond on Thursday, May 28 for a game that was rescheduled from April 6 starting at 4:30 p.m., then host Onalaska for a doubleheader on Saturday, May 30 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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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