Spring sports get into full swing

April 19, 2011 —

By Bill Mullaly

The spring sports got into full swing last week with all five teams busy competing in games and meets. The baseball team had five games and won two of them. The softball team had four games and won a pair of them. The track teams both had three meets and the boys were winners once, while the girls are still looking for a win. The golf team had a match and placed in the middle of the pack. Here is a look at how the teams did over the past week as the spring sports have sprung.

Diamondmen find success

The week began with a pair of losses as Hudson opened the 2011 season on Tuesday with a twinbill setback at home to Tecumseh. The scores were 7-3 and 7-6. Hudson scored in the first game on a run-producing hit by Nathan Wilkerson. Then they scored twice more on a two-run homer by Jimmy Williams. Wilkerson did the pitching and took the loss. In the second game the Tigers scored twice on a bases loaded single by Nathaniel Osborne. The Tiger catcher ended the game with four hits. In the sixth the Tigers scored three runs to make it 7-5. Then in the bottom of the seventh it was Hudson getting hits from Williams, Osborne and Grant Benschoter to load the bases. Then Burke Hart singled to score one but the game ended there at 7-6 in favor of the Indians. A two-out pop-up to second base ended the rally one run short.

On Thursday it was Hudson winning twice at Hillsdale by margins of 6-2 and 9-5. This evened their season record at 2-2. Drew Milligan was the winning pitcher going all seven innings and he scattered six hits, while walking two. Cullan Wilkerson had a perfect 3 for 3 afternoon at the plate. Camden McCaskey, Joel Varney and Hart all had two hits in the opening game win. In the second game it was freshman hurler Cody Nelson getting the pitching win allowing eight hits and he walked two. Nathan Wilkerson had a two-run double. Varney, Benschoter and Williams all had a pair of hits.

On Saturday during cold, windy and wet conditions it was Hudson playing a twinbill at Adrian. The Maples won the first game 13-0. The second game had the Tigers up 5-2 halfway through when the field became too muddy to play on. In the opener Adrian scored three times in the second inning and then erupted for ten runs in the fourth. When they got the Tigers out in the top of the fifth the game was over early. Milligan and Williams had the only hits for Hudson in game one and Williams suffered the pitching loss. In game two Milligan scored on a wild pitch and Cullan Wilkerson knocked in two runs with a single for a quick 3-0 lead. Adrian got back two runs then Hudson got two more in the third inning as Hart scored on a balk and Nathan Wilkerson had a sacrifice fly for the 5-2 lead then the game was called an inning later. It is not known if the game will be finished.

“It is early in the season and we were just glad to get in some game action against Adrian,” said Tiger head coach Jeremy Beal. “We did learn that if we don’t learn to play the right way that a good team like this can pound us.”

Softball team splits

Hudson lost a twinbill and then won a twinbill. In the losses last Tuesday it was Hudson falling to Adrian-Madison 7-2 and 6-5. In the first game sophomore Ashley Monahan had a triple to knock in a run and she then scored for the two Hudson runs. The second game it was Breanne Proudfoot, Sam Merillat and Monahan all with one hit. In the seventh it was Hudson down 6-2 but they scored three runs and had runners on the corners with two outs but a groundout ended the rally one run short.

The Lady Tigers rebounded with two wins at Hillsdale on Thursday. Hudson won two easily taking 8-1 and 20-2 wins over the Hornets. Merillat was the star of the day with seven hits in the two games. She was five for five in game two and had sevens runs batted in on the day. In game two she hit for the cycle (homer, triple, double and single) and had six RBIS in that game alone. She was also the winning pitcher in both games. In game one she had nine strikeouts and allowed two hits. In the shortened mercy rule three-inning second game she tossed a no-hitter with four K’s. Junior Ashley Schneider had five hits for the day with three RBIs. Senior Courtney Walter had three hits in game two with three runs scored and two RBIs. Hudson was a victim of bad weather on Saturday and didn’t get to play the Stockbridge Invitational. Hudson is now 3-3 on the season.

Boys track wins one

Hudson hosted a tri-meet last Tuesday and scored 59 points to place behind Summerfield with 94 but ahead of Whiteford with just 19. Anthonie Blair won the pole vault jumping 9-6 and he took the 800-meter run in 2:16. Dimitri Nealy won the 400-meter dash and Zach Rieger won the discus with a heave of 101-6. Alex Leathers, Corey Bodette, Justin Sumbur and James Herron won the 400-meter relay in 49.8 Then on Thursday at Onsted the Wildcats won 118-19 in the LCAA dual meet opener. Only Rieger in the shot put and Jacob Morgan in the discus were winners for Hudson. Rieger threw the heavy ball 37-10 and Morgan the discus a total of 110-1. The team was not scheduled for weekend action.

Girls get off to slow start

In the tri-meet at home on Tuesday it was Hudson scoring 33 points to finish behind Ottawa Lake Whiteford with 80 points and Petersburg-Summerfield with 60. Senior standout Sarah Luma had a pair of wins taking the high jump in 4-10 and winning the 400-meters in 69.1.

Then in the LCAA dual meet opener at Onsted it was the Lady Cats’ winning 108-24. Luma won the high jump going 5-0 but it was Liz Ladd leading the way with wins in the 100-meters at 14.0 and in the 200-meters in 29.4. The girls were also scheduled with a weekend off so the foul weather on Saturday didn’t affect them.

Golfers compete at Ida

Using the unique Stableford scoring system the Tigers were eighth at the Ida meet last Wednesday. Hudson scored 119 points but were ahead of local rival Onsted who was 11th with 116 and Morenci had 53 points. Brian Crater led the way with a score of 80 for the 18-hole event. Jon Ames carded a 93, while both Richard Varner and Justin Boies shot rounds of 94. Hudson was frozen out on Friday as they were supposed to play at Dundee for the first LCAA jamboree of the season.

Check the local schedule for all of the exciting spring sports action.