May 11, 2012
By Bill Mullaly
The first full week of May saw all five of the Hudson High School spring sports teams in action. The baseball team had a very busy week winning two of six games. The girl’s softball team was just as busy and they also were able to win two of six contests. The track and field teams both fell to Dundee in LCAA action. Then at the Hudson Booster Invitational on Saturday both of the teams took fourth place during the annual event. The golf team competed in the Onsted Invitational on Tuesday of last week and in a dual match. Here is a look at how the teams did.
Close call at Blissfield
Hudson went to Blissfield a week ago Tuesday and lost a heart-wrenching opener of a twinbill to the Royals. The first game went eight innings but the Tigers fell 1-0 to the defending LCAA champion. Blissfield has won 18 straight league crowns and the Tigers were hoping to upset the Royals who are ranked in the top ten in Division 3. Sophomore Cody Nelson pitched a great game going all eight innings as he gave up five hits, allowed just the lone run and he had one strikeout.
Hudson had just four hits in the loss and had runners at second and third base in the fifth inning with one out but failed to score.”We had a great chance to score and we couldn’t get the job done and it cost us a real good chance to win the game,” said Tiger head coach Jeremy Beal. The Tigers fell in the second game 4-0. Bubba Williams pitched a strong game allowing three earned run with one strikeout and he allowed five hits. Tiger senior Burke Hart had the lone extra basehit as he had a double among just two hits for the Tigers. With the two LCAA loses the Tigers fell to 1-3 in the LCAA.
On Friday at home the Tigers beat Grass Lake twice by scores of 12-4 and 7-4. Logan Milligan got the pitching win in the opener. Charles Atkin had a double and Hart had a single good for two runs batted in. The second game was won by Williams who was doing the hurling on the mound. The big hit came from Hart who belted a three-run homer.
On Saturday the Tigers were at home to Big 8 Conference foe Quincy and the Orioles won both games by scores of 5-3 in extra innings and then 6-4 in the second game. Milligan began game one and gave way to Williams who suffered the loss. Daniel Komarynski, Nelson and Hart all had two hits. Nelson did the pitching in game two taking the loss despite getting five strikeouts. Komarynski, Henry Atkin and Clayton Brockway all had singles for the only hits for the Tigers. Hudson is now 8-14 for the season.
Lady Diamondettes sweep Quincy
Hudson’s Lady Tigers ended a four-game skid by winning two games last Saturday at home versus Quincy by scores of 7-4 and 11-10. Sam Merillat was the winning pitcher as she recorded eight strikeouts in the opener. She walked five and allowed five hits. Ashley Schneider was the leading hitter with three hits including a triple good for two RBIs. Katie Benschoter had a single and two RBIs. Merillat had a triple and Hannah Schoonover a double. In the second game the winning pitcher was freshman Paige Darr as she allowed five hits with four walks and she had four strikeouts. Merillat came on late to get the save
in the circle. Ali Anderson had three hits as she had a single, double and triple good for two RBIs. Benschoter had a double and single. Ashley Monahan added a RBI double.
The pair of wins make the team 12-9 on the season. “We played well and the girls are constantly getting better,” said Lady Tiger head coach Connie Varney. “We are hitting the ball better and our defense is shaping up pretty well. I see us continuing to get better as the season moves on so that we will be ready for the district tournament.”
Hudson was also at home on Friday but fell twice to Grass Lake by scores of 8-4 and 11-4. Merillat took the loss in game one but did get eight K’s. She allowed seven hits and walked three. Monahan had two hits with a RBI. In the second game the pitcher of record was Darr who took the loss. She went four innings getting two strikeouts but did walk five. Merillat went three innings recording three strikeouts and she walked two. Anderson had two hits.
Hudson had a real rough day over at Blissfield a week ago Tuesday going down 10-0 and 14-0 in the LCAA twinbill. Hudson had three hits in game one and just one in the second game. Hudson is now 0-4 in the always-tough LCAA.
Track teams struggling to score
Points have been hard to come by for the two Tiger track and field teams so far this season. Last Thursday at home versus LCAA foe Dundee the boys fell 112-29. Winning for Hudson was Zach Rieger in the shot put with a toss of 40-0. Then he also won the discus with a heave of 103.9. Those were the two lone wins for the Tigers in this meet. For the girls the final score was 102-33. The Lady Tigers had one individual winner as Liz Ladd took the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 54.8. At the Hudson Booster meet on Saturday the girls scored 72 points well behind winner Vandercook Lake with 147 points.
The lone individual winner for Hudson was Ladd who took the 100-meter dash in a clocking of 13.75. The Hudson trio of Ember Grames, Stephanie Sharp and Jeannette High won the long jump relay with a combined distance of 37-9. On the boys side of things it was Hudson scoring 49 points well back of first place Vandy with a score of 144. No Tiger individual or relay team was able to take a first place.
Golfers compete at Onsted Invite
There were 15 teams hosted by Onsted as they used the Grande Golf Club up near Jackson last Tuesday. The leading golfers for Hudson were Anthony Baugh and Matt Pogoreski with scores of 109 for the 18-hole event. Next, was Ian Bonifas with a total of 133 and Andrew Enerson had a score of 136. In a dual match on Friday at Jonesville’s Mill Race Golf Course it was Hudson falling 168-218. Pogoreski carded a 50 as did Baugh. Ryan Brockmann holed a 59 and Enerson a 60 to round out the top four Tiger golfers.