Tiger spring season drawing to a close

May 19, 2011 —

By Bill Mullaly

The Hudson Tiger spring sports teams were all in action over the past week as the spring sports are winding down. The five teams all had games, meets and events as things are getting very busy for the Hudson teams. The baseball team won all four of its games, while the softball team did just the opposite. The two track and field teams both lost a pair of meets on the track. The boy’s golf team did quite well as they competed in a LCAA jamboree and they did pretty well in the annual county invitational. Here is a detailed look at how the five teams did over the past week.

Baseball just keeps winning

Hudson beat Dundee twice a week ago Tuesday in a LCAA twinbill at home. Hudson won the opener 2-1 and took the nightcap 11-3. Lefty Nathan Wilkerson was the winning hurler in game one allowing three hits and he had six strikeouts. Nathaniel Osborne had two hits including the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Joel Varney walked and stole second and scored on Osborne’s hit. Grant Benschoter and Cullan Wilkerson both added doubles for the Tigers. In the second game it was senior Drew Milligan getting the pitching win as he allowed seven hits and had five strikeouts. He also led the offense with three basehits. Osborne also had three hits and Varney added a pair of basehits. Burke Hart also had three hits and added two runs batted in. Two days later also at home the Tigers took on class B Marshall and scalped the former Redskins now called the Redhawks. Hudson won two games with scores of 14-5 and 7-4. Osborne continued his torrid hitting getting three basehits good for three RBIs. Cullan Wilkerson had two hits with four RBIs. Camden McCaskey also had two hits. Pitcher Jimmy Williams got the pitching win as he gave up seven hits and had two K’s. In the second game of the non-conference twinbill the pitching win went to Nathan Wilkerson in relief. He tossed the final three innings to get the win. Cullan Wilkerson had three hits good for five RBIs. His brother, Nathan, had two hits for two RBIs. Benschoter had three hits also. Hudson is now on a roll with eight wins in its last ten games to improve to 18-7 overall and 4-2 in the always-tough LCAA where they are one game back of 5-1 Blissfield.

Softball struggling

Hudson dropped four games last week with two of them LCAA contests to Dundee at home. Then on Friday the team went to Jackson and lost two games to the Vikings. In the losses to the other Vikings of Dundee in LCAA action the scores were 14-0 and 11-1 with both games going just five innings. Hudson had just two hits in the first game against Dundee as Sam Merillat and Katie Benschoter both had singles. Merillat also took the pitching loss but did record six strikeouts. In the second game Jada Bellfy took the loss in the circle and Hudson had just one hit that coming from sophomore Ashley Monahan. Breanne Proudfoot had a sacrifice fly driving home the lone Hudson run on the day in game two. Hudson also was in action against the Jackson Vikings falling 5-0 and 8-2 to fall to 9-16 overall on the season. Hudson is also 0-6 in the LCAA. Merillat did the pitching in game one and did record five strikeouts and allowed six hits with just two walks. She did lead the offense with three hits including a pair of doubles. Monahan had two hits to help the Tiger offense. Bellfy took the loss in the nightcap doing the pitching. Senior Courtney Walter had two hits and scored a run. Merillat had a double among two hits, while Ashley Schneider had a run-scoring double for the Lady Tigers.

Boys fall twice on track

Hudson was at home twice last week with meets against Erie Mason on Tuesday and Ida on Thursday. Both meets were victories for the visiting schools. In the Ida meet it was 96-28 in favor of the Bluestreaks. Senior Anthonie Blair won the 800-meters in 2:11 and junior James Herron took the long jump leaping 18-9. Those were the only two individual wins for Hudson in the lopsided loss. In the 103-33 blasting administered by Erie Mason it was Blair and Herron again getting the only Hudson wins. Blair took the high jump going 6-0 and he won the 800-meters in 2:13. Herron got the other Hudson win as he took the 200-meters in 25.1. The Tigers are now 1-4 in LCAA league meets. On Saturday it will be Blair looking to qualify for the state meet in the high jump and Herron will try to advance in one of the sprint events. Good luck to both Tigers!

Girls drop pair on track

Hudson lost to Erie Mason a week ago Tuesday 105-32 and then two nights later on Thursday also at home it was Hudson falling 94-25 to Ida. The girls are now 0-5 in LCAA dual meets. In the loss against Erie Mason it was senior standout Sarah Luma and sophomore Liz Ladd getting the only two Hudson double wins. Both won two meets for a total of four for Hudson. Luma leaped 5-0 even and ran a 400-meter time of 67 seconds. Ladd ran a time of 13.7 in the 100-meters and had a clocking of 29.7 in the 200-meters. Then against Ida it was Luma winning as she bolted to 5-2 in the high jump and coasted to a win in the 400-meters in 69 seconds. Hudson will be at Hillsdale College on Saturday for the Division 4 regional where Luma and Ladd are both hoping to move on to the state meet. Luma hopes to qualify in both the high jump and in the open 400, while Ladd hopes to advance to the state meet in the 100 and 200 meter races. Good luck to both Lady Tigers!

Golfers compete twice

Hudson hosted the LCAA jamboree at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course a week ago Wednesday and they placed third with 182 strokes just behind runner-up Ida with 180. The first place team was Erie Mason with 173 strokes. Senior Ben Bonifas had his best outing of the season as he shot a round of 47 to make the four-player cut for the Tigers. Jon Ames, Richard Varner and Justin Boies all had rounds of 45. Then on Saturday it was Hudson competing at Wolf Creek Golf Course and the Tigers placed sixth out of ten county teams that competed. Tecumseh with 300 strokes won the event, while Adrian was tied with Sand Creek for second with 326.Hudson had 363, while Madison was fourth at 328 and Clinton fifth at 360. Brian Crater, Ames and Bonifas all shot 90 for Hudson for the 18-hole event, while Zach Woodford had a 92 for the fourth and final Tiger golfer.

Check the local schedule for all of the exciting spring sports action as the middle of May has passed us by and the school year is winding down rapidly.