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Raider softball starts strong

Hudson's Colleen Halverson rips an RBI double down the left field line during a 10-run fourth inning in the Raider softball team's 14-3 victory over Menomonie in the first game of a doubleheader played on the high school practice field Tuesday, April 24. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Members of the Raider softball team greet Kaiya Sundeen (44) as she jumps on home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning in the first game of a doubleheader sweep over Menomonie Tuesday, April 24. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The Raider softball team ended a busy first week with a 3-2 record overall, including winning three of its first four Big Rivers Conference games.

Hudson swept Menomonie, 14-3 and 8-2, Tuesday, April 24, at the high school practice field before dropping a 4-0 nonconference decision to Stillwater Thursday, April 26, at Northwestern College. Friday, April 27, they headed north to play Rice Lake and dropped the first game of their twin bill, 8-1, before winning the nightcap, 4-3.

The Raiders will play their first games at Grandview Park when they host a doubleheader with Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, May 3, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, they'll visit Superior.

Last Tuesday Kaiya Sundeen went 4-for-7 with a double, home run, six RBI and four runs scored to key a Raider sweep of Menomonie.

Sundeen's three-run home run in the opener highlighted a 10-run fourth inning to break the game open. She finished 3-for-3 in the win with four RBI and three runs scored.

Paige Meyer went 4-for-4 at the plate and Katie Cardell and Angela Huepfel contributed two hits each while Jenna Schomer allowed three hits in five innings to earn the win in the circle.

Sundeen drove in a pair of runs in the nightcap and Colleen Halverson and Avery Johnson had three hits each as the Raiders completed the sweep with an 8-2 victory. Two of Halverson's hits were doubles while Meyer added a triple in the game.

Grace O'Brien worked the first four innings in the circle to earn the victory, allowing three hits and one unearned run, while Schomas was tagged for an unearned run in three innings of relief.

Thursday the Raiders couldn't get a hit against a pair of Stillwater pitchers in a 4-0 loss. They were held to just three hits Friday in their first game at Rice Lake-- two by Johnson and a solo home run by Courtney Moeri-- in an 8-1 loss to the Warriors.

The Raiders manufactured a run in the bottom of the fifth to steal a 4-3 victory in the nightcap. M. Swim entered the game as a courtesy runner after Johnson led off the inning with a single, went all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Megan Iverson and scored when Halverson grounded out to the pitcher. Johnson finished with three hits in the win and Huepfel had two while Hupfel and Meyer drove in a run apiece.

O'Brien went the distance in the circle, allowing three earned runs on five hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

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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