June 1, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The Hudson High School spring sports are getting down to the end with the big games, meets and events taking place for the Tiger teams. The team that has gotten most of the notice is the boy’s baseball team that set another school record for wins by taking three of four games last week. The Tiger diamondmen have 27 wins snapping last year’s mark of 25 wins. They still have much unfinished business as district action started this week with a district championship the ultimate team goal. The Lady Tiger softball team dropped all four games last week and will have a tough foe to play in the district opener. The track and field teams had a rough time over a two-day period at Erie Mason as the LCAA league meet took place over two days due to the rainy weather. The boy’s golf team had just one meet on the course as the rainy weather interfered some with the schedule. This will make for the linksters a busy week as June begins. Here is a look at how the teams did over the past week.
School record for wins
Hudson split with Ida on Tuesday by losing 3-2 on the road at Ida. Then in the nightcap they won 7-4 to finish LCAA play at 7-3 good for second place behind perennial league champion Blissfield as they most likely ended at 9-1 in LCAA play. Drew Milligan got the pitching win in game two. He had four strikeouts, walked four and allowed nine hits. He was good for three hits himself on offense with a double and two runs batted in. Cullan Wilkerson had two hits to help lead the offense. In game one lefty Nathan Wilkerson pitched well but couldn’t get the run support he needed. He allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked just two. Burke Hart led the offense with two hits and Cullan Wilkerson added a double. The win in game two was number 25 to tie the school record set in 2010.
Then on Friday at home the Tigers took care of Ottawa Lake Whiteford twice winning 5-4 in nine innings and then winning 12-5 in the nightcap. The first game was a classic as the Tigers rallied in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2 as Nathaniel Osborne laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Nathan Wilkerson. Hudson had used a bunt single by Hart in the sixth to tie the game when Cullan Wilkerson scored. Then Whiteford scored twice in the eighth so the Tigers had to answer again. Hudson scored twice when Grant Benschoter knocked in both Cullan Wilkerson and Milligan. It was 4-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth and Hudson won it when Joel Varney had a bunt single that scored Benschoter with the thrilling winning run for win number 26 on the season. Benschoter led with two hits and two RBIs and Hart had two hits and a run batted in. Cullan Wilkerson had two hits and two runs scored. Nathan Wilkerson was the winning pitcher scattering eight hits, with eight strikeouts. Hudson got win number 27 much easier in the nightcap. Despite falling behind early at 3-0 they soon tied the game at 3-3 in the second inning and then used a big six-run third inning to go on to the record-setting win. Hudson had 16 hits with Osborne getting three with two RBIs and two runs scored. Camden McCaskey added three hits to go with three RBIs. James Williams had two hits and three runs scored and Cullan Wilkerson had two hits and two runs scored. Milligan was the winning pitcher as he gave up nine hits with three K’s.
The district is wide-open but Hudson is everyone’s favorite. The Tigers were to face a tough Clinton team two afternoons ago on Tuesday at Addison the host site of the Division 3 district competition. A win over Clinton would put the Tigers in Saturday’s semifinal at Addison against Sand Creek at 10:00. A win over the Aggies would put the Tigers in the title game at 3:00 against the Addison-Madison winner to be played at 12:30.
The Lady Tigers dropped two at Ida to fall to 0-10 in the LCAA. Hudson fell 6-2 and 10-2. Pitcher Sam Merillat took the loss in game one as she gave up 11 hits, walked two and had four K’s. Merillat helped the offense with two hits with a run batted in. Ashley Monahan had a double for the only extra base hit. In game two Merillat pitched well again but had little run support. She did give up six hits, fanned six and walked only three. Ashley Schneider and Monahan both had two hits and a run knocked in. Courtney Walter had two hits and Katie Mattison had a hit good for a RBI. Then on Friday at home the Lady Tigers went down twice falling 12-5 and 12-2 in five innings. Monahan had two hits with a double and two RBIs. Merillat, who took the pitching loss, had two hits with a RBI double and Kate Benschoter had two hits with a RBI. Mattison also recorded two hits. In game two sophomore Jada Bellfy did the pitching and took the loss. Monahan again had two hits with a RBI. Senior Breanne Proudfoot had two hits and scored a run and Schneider had a RBI single.
Hudson had the daunting task of facing number one ranked Clinton on Tuesday two days ago at Addison in the district opener for Division 3 play. Clinton is 24-1 with the TCC champs going against Hudson with a mark of 9-22.
Track teams compete, Luma league champ
The league meet at Erie Mason ended on Thursday after starting on Wednesday as rain and the threat of a tornado forced action to halt on Wednesday. For the boys they placed sixth of six teams. Onsted won the meet with 165 points and Erie as second at 137. Hudson scored just 18 points. On the girls side of things Hudson was also sixth with Onsted winning with 183 points. The lone bright spot for Hudson, which scored 24 points, was the LCAA winning effort of senior high jumper Sarah Luma. She leaped 4-10 to take first. Sophomore Liz Ladd was third in the 100-meters in 13.8 and she was third in the 200-meters in 28.2. Both teams had a few athletes competing in the annual DTII on Tuesday at Adrian High School. Then this Saturday Luma for the girls and Anthonie Blair for the boys go for the gold at the Division 4 individual state meet at Jenison High School near Grand Rapids. Good Luck to Sarah and Anthonie!
Golfers compete at Blissfield
A week ago Monday the Blissfield jamboree was held at the Legacy Golf Course located near Ottawa Lake Whiteford. Ida won the event with a score of 178 and Onsted was next at 184. Hudson was fourth at 187. Richard Varner had a 44 to lead Hudson. Brian Crater shot a 46, while Jon Ames posted a 48 and Zach Woodford had a 49. The other two Tiger golfers were Justin Boies with a 51 and Ben Bonifas carded a 52. Hudson will compete in district competition today (Thursday).
Check back next week to see if the spring sports are over or if any team moves on to regional action.