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Rats hold on to first

The Hudson River Rats split a pair of games last week, but maintained their hold on first place in the North Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League.

The Rats ensured a berth in next month's Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs with a 7-3 victory Friday night at Osceola. Sunday they saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end by dropping an 8-6 decision at St. Croix Falls.

The split leaves Hudson (10-4, 15-9) with a half-game lead over River Falls (9-4, 14-11) in the North Division of the SCVBL with two league games remaining. Hudson will visit the Hager City Skeeters (3-10, 6-13) for a 7:30 p.m. start Friday, July 24 before closing out its league schedule by hosting the Bay City Bombers (5-8, 6-14) Sunday, July 26 at Grandview Park at 1 p.m.

The Rats will wrap up the regular season with a non-league game against the Eau Claire Bears on Friday, July 31, at 6:15 p.m. at Grandview Park.

The WBA state playoffs are set to begin Aug. 7 at either Rib Lake, Abbotsford, Chippewa Falls or Ellsworth. The WBA State Championship Tournament will be played Aug. 14-16 in Haugen.

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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