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Softball: Raiders reel off five straight

Hudson shortstop Grace O’Brien (28) tags out Superior’s Autumn Siers (30) on a stolen base attempt in the first inning of the Raider's 6-4 win over the Spartans Friday, May 4, in Superior. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram 1 / 2
Hudson’s Courtney Moeri (5) is greeted at home by her teammates after hitting a home run to snap a 4-4 tie in the top of the fourth inning Friday, May 4, in Superior. The Raiders went on to post a 6-4 victory over the Spartans. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram 2 / 2

After dropping a 7-5 nonconference decision at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, the Raider softball team regained its winnings ways with Big Rivers Conference doubleheader sweeps of Eau Claire Memorial and Eau Claire North sandwiched around a 6-4 nonconference victory at Superior.

The Raiders combined for seven home runs in their five wins, including four by Paige Meyer.

Grace O'Brien spun a no-hitter in the first game against Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, May 3, and Meyer homered to lead Hudson to a 4-0 victory. Hannah Stich homered twice and O'Brien and Jenna Schomer combined on a three-hitter in a 13-1 win in the nightcap.

Friday, May 4, at Superior, Courtney Moeri's home run in the top of the fourth inning snapped a tie game and lifted the Raiders to a 6-4 victory over the Spartans before Hudson swept Eau Claire North, 8-1 and 6-4, this past Monday, May 7, in Eau Claire.

The Raiders, now 8-3 overall and 7-1 in BRC play, will visit Chippewa Falls for a conference doubleheader Thursday, May 10, and will face Wausau West and D.C. Everest at the Eau Claire Quad Saturday, May 12, before wrapping up the regular season with a doubleheader against River Falls at home Tuesday, May 15.

Last Thursday at home against Eau Claire Memorial, O'Brien struck out 14 and walked just one in the Raider's 4-0 win in the opener. She also doubled and scored a run while Colleen Halverson had two hits and one RBI, Avery Johnson doubled in a run and Meyer homered.

The Raiders jumped on the Old Abes for 10 runs in the nightcap on their way to a 13-1 victory. Stich had three hits, including two home runs, and O'Brien and Halverson added three hits each as Hudson outhit Memorial 16-3 in the game.

Friday at Superior Moeri's solo shot leading off the fourth snapped a 4-4 tie and Meyer homered twice and drove in four runs to lift the Raiders to a 6-4 victory.

Meyer hit a solo home run in the first game Monday at Eau Claire North and Meyer drove in three runs while finishing a home run short of the cycle in the Raider's 8-1 victory.

Hudson held off North for a 6-4 win in the nightcap with Johnson knocking in two runs, and Angela Huepfel, Meyer, Moeri and Stich one each.

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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