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River Rats drop pair at Cannon Falls

The Hudson River Rats dug themselves a pair of early holes that they couldn't get out of in a 6-3 loss to the Wanamingo Jacks and a 4-3 loss to the Cannon Falls Bears at the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament in Cannon Falls over the weekend.

Wanamingo scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning Saturday, June 15, on their way to the 6-3 win while host Cannon Falls scored twice in each of the first two innings in their 4-3 victory Sunday.

Hudson scored a pair of unearned runs without a hit in the top of the third Saturday to make it a 5-2 game but the Jacks tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning to open up a 6-2 lead. The only other run of the game came in the top of the sixth after Hunter Frey, Joe Patterson and Brady Gunderson drew back-to-back-to-back walks and Frey scored when Chris Dent hit into a double play.

Matt Schwechler had the only Hudson hit in the game, a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Ronnie Donley took the loss on the mound, allowing six earned runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and four walks.

Sunday three Hudson errors led to three unearned runs for Cannon Falls in their 4-3 win over Hudson.

The Rats fell behind 2-0 after one but evened things up with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Max Elliott got things going when he was hit by a pitch and Dennis Reinhardt reached on an error before Elliott scored on a single by Schwechler that sent Reinhardt to third. Reinhardt then stole home on an 0-1 pitch to Joe Garcia before Garcia struck out to end the inning.

Garcia singled to lead off the fifth, moved to third on a single by Jason Hollar and scored on a passed ball to make the final 4-3.

Hollar had three hits to lead Hudson at the plate while Sam Glade took the loss on the mound, allowing just one earned run on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Hudson, now 4-10 overall, returns to St. Croix Valley Baseball League action against the Ellsworth Hubbers this Friday night, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. and play a non-league game against the St Paul Mudhens Sunday, June 23, at 6 p.m at Health East Sports Complex Field No. 14 in Woodbury.

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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