Baseball: River Falls takes doubleheader from Hudson
For the second straight week the Big Rivers Conference tried to beat the weather by playing Tuesday doubleheaders, and for the second straight week the results were the same for River Falls and Hudson.
The Wildcats took both games from Hudson, 6-1 and 2-1, to improve to 4-0 in BRC play while the Raiders dropped to 0-4.
River Falls’ pitcher Joe Stoffel had a no-hitter in the first game before reaching his pitch limit with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ryan Rubin immediately greeted River Falls reliever Andrew Bevins with a single, sending Jack Erickson, who had walked to lead off the inning, to third. Pinch hitter Chris Jansen followed with a grounder short, allowing Erickson to score the only Raider run.
Erickson took the loss on the mound, allowing three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in four innings of work. Luke Healy pitched the final three innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Raider starter Owen Anderson allowed just three hits through the first four innings in the nightcap but the Wildcats were able to get to him from two runs before the Raiders scored their only run of the game in the top of the sixth on three straight singles by Sean Barnard, Jacob Mathes and Jansen.
Anderson and Barnard each had two hits in the game, including a seventh-inning double by Anderson, and the Raiders outhit the Wildcats 8-3 but couldn’t push the tying run across, despite Barnard holding the Wildcats hitless over the final two innings.