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Baseball: Raiders drop twin bill at Chippewa Falls

The Big Rivers Conference got ahead of this week’s storm and moved all of its baseball games to doubleheaders Tuesday, April 9, but that didn’t help the Raiders in their conference openers at Chippewa Falls.

Hudson managed just three hits in an 8-0 shutout loss in the first game before committing six errors in a 16-2 loss in the nightcap.

Despite struggling at the plate the Raiders trailed just 1-0 in the sixth inning before the Cardinals scored seven runs in their half of the inning.

Jack Erickson, Sean Barnard and Luke Healy had the only Hudson hits while Barnard, Owen Anderson and Healy all saw action on the mound. Barnard was tagged with the loss despite allowing just one unearned run and two hits over the first four innings with four strikeouts and three walks.

Chippewa jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the nightcap before the Raiders scored their only two runs of the day in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles by Ben Gilbert and Lou Smith. Gilbert and Tyler Stubbendick had two hits each in the loss while Erickson, Jonah Becken, Ryan Rubin, and Smith all saw action on the mound.

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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