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Baseball: River Falls takes doubleheader from Hudson

Hudson catcher Jacob Mathes holds on to the ball as he tumbles over River Falls’ Michael Krueger after tagging out Krueger for the final out of the top of the fourth inning in the first game of a doubleheader between the Wildcats and Raiders Tuesday, April 16, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

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.

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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