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Raider softball team is ready to rock

Returning seniors Cheyanne Massie, left, Jordan Petersen and Maddie Misura are still waiting to lead the Raider softball team in a real game after the team’s first two games of the season were cancelled by their opponents. The Raiders are scheduled to open the season this Tuesday, April 22, at Eau Claire North. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

The Raider softball team is still waiting to play its first official game of the season, but unlike last year it has nothing to do with the weather.

Last Tuesday’s scheduled opener against New Life Academy was cancelled after New Life had a shortage of players. And this Friday’s game with New Richmond was rescheduled to May 16 after New Richmond didn’t want to play on Good Friday. If all goes as planned, the Raiders will open the season with a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader at Eau Claire North this Tuesday, April 22, beginning at 4 p.m.

Third-year head coach Jim Revoir said the team has looked good in practice and its three scrimmages, but said the players are itching to play a game that actually counts.

“We scrimmaged Rosemount April 3 and Mounds View April 4.,” he said. “I was glad to see how much we improved our hitting in one day. We hit the ball really well Friday night. But we have some defensive work to do. It’s hard to work on defense inside.”

Seniors Cheyanne Massie, Jordan Petersen and Massie Misura led an experienced group back for the Raiders. Massie earned All-BRC Honorable Mention as an outfielder a year ago while junior pitcher and infielder Kendra Little and sophomore pitcher and infielder Jordan Little both return after being named to the All-BRC Second Team.

“Our pitching and hitting should be good,” Revoir said. “We also have a lot of quality players that we’ve brought up and they’ve all earned their way here.”

Revoir said the Raiders have 36 players on the varsity, JV1 and JV2 teams this season. Amanda Ryder will serve as his assistant on varsity and his daughter Megan Revoir will coach the JV1 team while Andrea Krause will serve as JV2 coach.

Revoir said he’s excited to see the high numbers of softball players at the high school.

“It’s a luxury right now because a lot of other schools can’t even field a JV team,” he said. “It shows the dedication and enthusiasm for the program, from the Boosters to the parents to the girls. There’s a passion for softball in Hudson.”

Revoir said that passion extends to the parents and supporters, including the Diamondbackers booster organization, which paid for 22 players from Hudson to play dome ball in a league in West St. Paul over the winter.

“All the girls want to be part of something bigger with the program,” he said. “The Boosters and the parents have all made that possible. And the city has been very helpful with getting the field ready.”

Revoir said he’s still juggling the lineup, trying to give people experience at different positions and learn what works best. The Raiders have steadily improved each year under his guidance, going from 6-6 in the BRC in 2012 to 8-4 last year. Revoir said he hopes that trend can continue.

“I’m looking forward to the season,” he said. “I think it will be a good year for us. We’ve progressed a little bit every year and I hope we continue that progress.”

Hudson’s home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, with a doubleheader against Menomonie beginning at 4 p.m. at Grandview Park’s Field No. 5.

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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