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Softball takes twin bill

Hudson shortstop Grace O’Brien catches a pop fly for the second out of the third inning in the Raider’s 6-2 victory over Eau Claire North in the first game of a doubleheader on the high school’s turf practice field Thursday, April 18. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson freshman Maddie Malmquist clings to the bag while checking the call from the ump after stealing second base in the third inning of the Raider’s 6-2 victory over Eau Claire North in the first game of a doubleheader on the high school’s turf practice field Thursday, April 18. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Hannah Stich, Avery Johnson and Paige Meyer all homered, and Stich and Sydney Gabriel held Eau Claire North to three total runs as the Raider softball team swept a Big Rivers Conference doubleheader from the Huskies, 6-2 and 15-1, on the high school's turf practice field Thursday, April 16.

Stich hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the opener while Gabriel twirled a complete-game three hitter.

Stich added an RBI single in the third inning and later scored on a two-run single by Gabriel while Audrey Faust added an RBI single in the fifth. Stich and Johnson accounted for four of the Raider's eight hits.

Gabriel, meanwhile, struck out 11 and walked five while allowing just three Husky hits and two earned runs.

Johnson had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the nightcap and Meyer had a solo homer and RBI double as the Raiders completed the sweep with a 15-1, five-inning win.

Faust and Maya Susa contributed two hits each in the win and Stich, Ellie Yaeger, Anna Hinz and Susa drove in a run apiece while Stich struck out five and walked one to earn the win.

Hudson, now 5-1 overall, 4-0 in BRC play, will play a doubleheader at Menomonie Thursday, April 25, before hosting Superior in a non conference game Friday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. at Grandview Park.

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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