May 11, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The first week of May brought nothing but nice weather for the Hudson High School spring sports teams. Not one game or meet was missed due to cold, wind, rain or snow so the games and meets went on. Nobody had a bigger win than the boy’s baseball team as they shocked Blissfield beating the Royals 4-3 in dramatic fashion in the first game of a doubleheader. Blissfield won the second game to leave town with a split. The boy’s track team had a very good week as they won a LCAA dual meet over B lissfield at home for its first LCAA win of a dual meet in a good long time. The boy’s golf team won a dual match over Petersburg-Summerfield on the home course at Shaffer’s Evergreen. The girl’s track team had a good showing at the annual Hudson Booster Invitational held last Saturday but the girl’s softball team struggled last week winning just one game in six tries. Here is a look at how all five teams did over the past week of action on the courses, tracks and fields.
Hudson came into last Tuesday’s crucial LCAA twinbill with a 1-1 league mark and left at 2-2, while Blissfield remains in first place at 3-1 in the LCAA. Hudson needed two wins but will take one as it was over chief rival Blissfield at home in Hudson. The Tigers were down 3-1 with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh and final inning when the magic started. Senior catcher Nathaniel Osborne beat out an infield single to load the bases. The Royals and its legendary coach Larry Tuttle went to his ace hurler Eric Schmidt for the final out. Schmidt is as good as they come and he was inserted in relief to close out game one. Up at bat for Hudson was big-time player Drew Milligan. The returning Lenawee County Player of the Year showed why he earned that honor last June as he took a 1-1 pitch from Schmidt and sent a rocket into the gap in right-center field. The double by Milligan scored all three runners and the game ended with his run-on double. Run-on means all of his teammates ran onto the field to congratulate the senior standout for making the big hit. The three-run two-bagger scored all three runners for the dramatic 4-3 Tiger win. Senior lefty pitcher Nathan Wilkerson got the win going seven innings. He allowed five hits and had two stikeouts. He didn’t walk a batter but did issue one intentional walk in getting the pitching win.
Milligan led the offense with two hits and all four runs batted in. Osborne had two hits and scored what was the winning run. The second game was a Schmidt masterpiece as he led the Royals to a 9-1 win. He struck out six of the first seven Tigers he faced and he ended with ten K’s for the game. He gave up three hits and threw strikes on 65 of his 83 total pitches. “He was phenomenal,” said Hudson head coach Jeremy Beal about Schmidt. Hudson scored its lone run when Jimmy Williams singled in Cullan Wilkerson. Hudson bounced back on Friday to beat Grass Lake on the road twice in non-league action. Hudson won 9-0 in game one as Milligan had three hits including a triple and double for two RBIs. Joel Varney had three hits and Cullan Wilkerson had two hits with one of them a double. Nathan Wilkerson got the pitching win as he allowed five hits and recorded eight strikeouts. In game two Hudson won 8-7. Grant Benschoter had a home run and triple among his three hits. Cullan Wilkerson had three hits, while Burke Hart had two hits with one a double. Williams got the pitching win getting five strikeouts. Then on Saturday at home the Tigers split with Quincy. Hudson fell 11-1 in game one and then won 10-0 in game two. Milligan got the pitching win in game two as he scattered three hits, had five strikeouts and walked just one. He also had two hits on offense as did both Cullan and Nathan Wilkerson and Varney also had two hits. In game one freshman hurler Cody Nelson took the loss and Milligan had two hits. Hudson is now 13-6 overall on the season.
Boys do well on track
Hudson beat Blissfield 79-54 in LCAA track action on Tuesday at home. Zach Rieger won the shot put with a heave of 40-4, while he also took the discus with a toss of 99-5 and Anthonie Blair took the high jump leaping 5-10. Blair also won the pole vault with a jump of 10-6 giving Hudson four wins of the five field events. James Herron took the 100-meter dash in 11.9 and he also won the 200-meter dash in 24.5. Blair was a triple individual winner as he won the 1600-meter run in 5:10. Then Blair finished off an awesome night with his fourth individual win by taking first in the 800-meter run in 2:21. Matt Wright won the 3200-meter run in 12:16. Hudson also won the 3200-meter relay in 10:25 and they took the 400-meter relay in 48.9. “It was nice to get a win in a LCAA meet,” said Tiger head coach Chris Luma. “The team performed very well and took care of business.”
Hudson also did well on Saturday at the home Hudson Booster Meet. Vandercook Lake won the event with 171 points and Hudson had 119 and Morenci 98. Herron was first in the 100-meters in 11.5 and Justin Sumbur was third in the 100 in 12.1. Blair was second in the 1600 in 5:04. Hudson was second in the high jump relay with Herron, Blair and Sumbur leaping 15-6. In the shot put relay it was Jacob Morgan, Meiko McDaniel and Rieger combining for a throw of 108-2 for second. In the pole vault it was the duo of Blair and Alex Leathers going 19-0 for second and in the long jump Korey Bodette, Tyler Mannorand Herron went 52-10 for second. Herron went 19-5 in his portion of the long jump. Leathers was third in the open 400-meters in 59.1. Hudson fell at Dundee on Thursday 89-44. Blair had a great meet with three wins. He won the high jump leaping 6-4 to tie a school record of 30 years ago that Randy Chilcote holds. Blair is now also leading Lenawee County jumpers in the high jump with his 6-4 effort. Blair also won the pole vault going 8-6 and he took the 800 meters in 2:17 for his triple winning performance. Herron won the 100 in 12 seconds even and he took the 200 in 25.4. The only other Tiger winner was Leathers in the 400 in 59.3. Dundee won all four relays to help take the win. Hudson is now 1-2 in LCAA dual meets.
Girls perform well also
Hudson’s Lady Tigers also were second in the home Booster meet on Saturday. Vandy won with 186 points, while Hudson had 94 and Morenci 87. The discus relay team of Brittany and Tiffany Long with Samantha Sosby and Nerissa Roney took first in the 400-meter relay where they handed off a discus. The discus relay by throwing it was second as Sosby, Chelsea Fritz and Morgan Hawley combined for a distance of 171-4 with freshman Hawley having the top Tiger throw. The 6400-meter relay team of Amy Wolf, Emily Ladd, Elizabeth Johnston and Sabrena Shay was second. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Sarah Luma, Ladd, Liz Ladd and Emily Frantz was second. In the open 100 meters Liz Ladd was second in 13.2. The 3200-meter relay was second with Wolf, Johnston, Emily Ladd and Julie Shoemaker doing the running. The 800-meter relay team of Brittany and Tiffany Long along with Sosby and Shoemaker was second also. Luma was third in the open 400 in 66.9 and Liz Ladd was fourth in 67.4. In the 300-meter hurdles it was Emily Ladd in fifth and Emily Frantz in sixth. Against Dundee on the road it was Hudson falling 109-27. Luma won the high jump going 4-10 and she took the 400 meters in 67.4. Liz Ladd won the 100 in 13.9 and she took the 200 in 28.2. In the LCAA dual meet against Blissfield it was Hudson falling 102-31 at home. Luma won the high jump going 5-0 and Emily Ladd took the 100-meter high hurdles in 18.6. Luma also won the open 400 in 67.3 and Hudson won the 400-meter relay also in 65.1.
Golfers win one
The boys on the links beat Petersburg-Summerfield 186-197 at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course last Wednesday. Jon Ames had a 43, while Justin Boies shot a 44, Richard Varner a 47 and Zack Woodford a 52. In the junior varsity match against P-S it was Hudson falling 238-234. Hunter Gamble shot a round of 57, while Zach Jacobs had a 58, Ian Bonifas a 59 and Ryan Brockman a 64. The varsity team was at the Onsted Invite last Tuesday played at The Grande Golf Course near Jackson and Hudson was back in the field quite a ways. Ames had a 93 but the others were off their game as Brian Crater shot a 107, while Boies had a 117 and Varner a 118. The Tigers competed in the Division 3-4 group.
Softball wins one of six
It was a tough week for the Lady Tigers softball team. Hudson lost twice to LCAA power Blissfield falling 8-0 and 13-3. Sam Merillat had two hits but suffered the pitching loss for Hudson in game one. Katie Benschoter had a double. In game two senior standout Courtney Walter had two hits. Both Merillat and Ashley Monahan had run-scoring singles. Merillat took the loss in the circle. On Friday at Grass Lake it was Hudson going down twice by scores of 11-1 and 8-1. Benschoter had a RBI single in game one and Merillat had six strikeouts in the loss in game one. In game two it was Jada Bellfy doing the pitching and she recorded six strikeouts. Both Benschoter and Monahan had doubles in the loss.
On Saturday at home in the annual Hudson Booster Invite it was Hudson winning the opener 15-7 over Quincy. The winning pitcher was Bellfy in game one and she had five strikeouts. Monahan had three hits with a triple and double good for four RBIs and she scored three times. Merillat had a home run over the fence and added a double for two RBIs and two runs. Benschoter had two doubles and three RBIs. Ashley Schneider had two hits with a double and scored twice. In the championship game it was Constantine winning over Hudson 13-3. Bellfy took the loss as she couldn’t get out of the first inning. Merillat had two hits with a double good for two RBIs. Hudson is now 0-4 in the LCAA and 9-12 overall on the season.
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