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Raider softball right at home in the rain

Hudson junior Kindra Witthus beats the tag at home to score from second on a bases-loaded hit by Ellie Whitacre in the third inning of the Raiders' 13-4 victory over New Richmond Friday at Grandview Park. Photo by Bob Burrows

The Raider softball team didn't let a little cold, wind and rain spoil the debut of its new home last Friday, April 13. And the New Richmond Tigers couldn't do anything about it either.

Hudson scored 13 runs on 11 hits and never struck out on its way to a 13-4 win over the Tigers in the first varsity game ever played at Grandview's Field No. 5.

The Raiders erupted for nine runs in the third inning and never looked back as senior pitcher Lexi Smith went the distance on the mound.

Hudson, now 1-1 on the season, is off until next Thursday, April 26, when the Raiders open up Big Rivers Conference play with a doubleheader at Menomonie.

Last Friday in the home opener, freshman Kendra Little went 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles and a double, and Smith struck out seven to pick up the complete-game victory.

Raider head coach Jim Revoir said hitting became contagious in the team's nine-run third inning, and added Hudson's defense also played a large role in the victory.

"There were some great defensive plays in the game but Kindra Witthus made a spectacular diving catch in foul territory at a key moment in the game, which shut down a New Richmond rally," he said.

The Raiders don't return to Grandview Park until Tuesday, May 1, when they host a doubleheader against River Falls beginning at 4 p.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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