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Baseball: River Rats bitten by Cobras

After getting past the Wanamingo Jacks and the host Cannon Falls Bears Saturday, June 16, the Hudson River Rats dropped an 8-3 decision to the Minneapolis Cobras in the title game of the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls Sunday, June 17.

The loss snapped Hudson's four-game winning streak, and left them at 7-3 overall heading into their St. Croix Valley Baseball League game against the Elmwood Expos at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Elmwood's new Sportsman's Park. Hudson is currently 4-2 in SCVBL play while Elmwod is 4-3.

Sam Glade got Hudson off to a good start last weekend by throwing a complete-game four-hitter in the Rat's 4-1 win over Wanamingo. Glade struck out six and walked two while Brad Goulet and Will Jilek were each 2-for-3 at the plate and Mitch Lewis scored two runs. Brady Gunderson added an RBI single and an RBI sacrifice fly.

Goulet picked up the complete game win against Cannon Falls in the Rat's second game of the day, striking out 10 and walking three while allowing four hits and one earned run. All three of Hudson's runs came in the fifth when Paul Johnson, Jilek and Matt Schwechler scored on back-to-back errors by the Bear's second baseman.

Hudson had eight hits Sunday against Minneapolis but stranded eight runners to spoil the pitching debut of Joel Virshek in an 8-3 loss to the Cobras. Goulet continued his strong weekend by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI while Lewis singled twice.

Virshek's final line was four earned runs on nine hits, including two home runs, with four strikeouts and no walks. Each team committed three errors.

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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