June 22, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
A youthful Hudson baseball team had quite a successful spring on the diamond. The Hudson Black local pitching machine team coached by Raynard Moll went undefeated at 16-0. “It was a fantastic season for the boys,” said coach Moll. “We had a very good infield that hit the ball very well but they were actually even better on defense. All the boys played a key part in our success.”
Looking at some of the numbers is kind of mind-boggling but Moll says the statistics just tell the whole story of why the team was so good. First baseman Kyle Moll hit 59 of 61 (.967) and that wasn’t just making contact with the ball according to the coach about his son and several other of the young ballplayers. Moll had 32 singles, 15 doubles, eight triples and he even belted four home runs. Second baseman Clayton Bowen was 58 of 63 (.921) with 40 singles, 13 doubles and five triples. Shortstop Zack Thompson hit 59 of 64 (.921) with 35 singles, 17 doubles and seven triples. Next, was third baseman Phillip Wayer with 54 of 62 (.871) as he had 38 singles, 13 doubles and three triples. Catcher Austin McClain was the last big slugger going 51-60 (.850) with 43 singles and eight doubles. “These were hits and not just errors where they got on base,” said coach Moll, who was verifying the staggering numbers.
The team went 13-0 in local league play beating two other Hudson teams, three teams from Addison and two from Sand Creek. In a tournament at Sand Creek on June 11th the team won the pitching machine event beating Sand Creek 15-12, another Hudson team fell to them 23-3 and Addison went down 17-2.
The team averaged over 17 runs per game and allowed just four runs. Other players on the unbeaten squad were Chase Edmonson, Claytin Hawes, Noah Wollet, Rhys Mitchell, Keegan Ames, Connor Rowe, Thomas Young and James Mooney.
The coaching staff was head coach Moll along with Chad Thompson-hitting coach, Matt Bowen-defense, Lloyd McClain-first base, James Young-third base, Ryan Wayer-chief statistician and Anthony Rowe-utility coach.