June 1, 2012 —
By Bill Mullaly
The Hudson Tigers have just about completed their spring sports seasons but still a few big games and events are left. Here is a look at how the teams did last week in the final week of the regular season.
Baseball has two splits
The Tigers split its final LCAA twinbill last Tuesday at home winning 1-0 in extra innings over Ida in game one and falling 5-1 in the nightcap. Hudson had to go nine innings in the first game. Cody Nelson scored Burke Hart with a sacrifice fly to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Hart had reached base on a dropped third strike to set up the exciting finish. Nelson was a real workhorse going all nine innings to get the win. He allowed six hits and had three strikeouts. In the second game Hart scored the lone run and again it came via a sacrifice fly from Nelson. Bubba Williams took the loss on the mound as he allowed six hits.
Then on Friday the Tigers traveled to Petersburg-Summerfield and split both games losing 9-2 and then winning 15-5 in six innings. In the win it was Hart on the mound going all five innings for the pitching victory. Hart was also a hitting leader as he had four hits, with four runs batted in and he scored three runs. Austin Scoby had three hits, scored twice and had a double good for a RBI. Joel Varney, who is back from an ankle injury, had two hits and scored three runs and had two RBIs. Daniel Komarynski had two hits, scored four runs and had two RBIs.
The first game didn’t go as well with Williams taking the pitching loss. Varney had two hits with one a double. Scoby had two hits as did Williams with one of his a double.
The Tigers, who ended 3-7 in the LCAA, are 16-21 heading into Saturday’s district opener at Morenci. Hudson will play Waldron first and then take on the winner of the Morenci-Lenawee Christian contest.
Softball gets first LCAA win
Hudson had a big win last Tuesday at home beating Ida 10-6 in the second game after losing 6-2 in the first game. The win was the first in LCAA action for the Lady Tigers who finished 1-9 in league play. Emily Wayer had the pitching win with three strikeouts. Ashley Monahan was the top hitter with three hits including a two-run home run and a triple. Sam Merillat had three hits with a two-run homer and a double good for three RBIs. Payton Darr also added a RBI. In the first game against the Bluestreaks Monahan had two hits, while Brittany Johnston had a run-scoring triple. Merillat pitched well but took the loss despite getting four strikeouts and allowing just six hits.
In the double dip against the Bulldogs of Petersburg-Summerfield the Lady Tigers took on the top-ranked team in Division 4. Hudson fell twice by scores of 3-2 and 8-5. In the first game all five runs total by both teams were scored in the first inning then nobody scored again. Merillat pitched well but took the tough loss giving up just five hits with two K’s. P-S used its top pitcher against Hudson and the Tigers hung tight the whole way despite going down on 10 strikeouts. Katie Benschoter had two hits with a RBI. Katie Mattison had two hits also and Merillat added a double.
In the second game Merillat again took the pitching loss but she did have two extra basehits with a triple and a double. Johnston added a triple and Benschoter had a single for Hudson’s total of four hits.
Hudson finishes the regular season at 17-20 but should have gained plenty of confidence by playing the top team in the state in D-4 to a pair of close games.
The girls will be at Morenci for the district tourney on Saturday. They face Waldron and then play the winner of Lenawee Chritian and the host Bulldogs.
Track teams compete in LCAA meet
Both the boys and girls were at Erie Mason last Tuesday for the annual LCAA league meet and both teams struggled to score points. Ida won the boys event scoring 170 points and Hudson was last with just seven points. The lone Tiger to score was junior Zach Rieger who was fourth in the discus with a toss of 112-11.
In the girls portion of the meet it was Onsted taking first wih 132 points and Hudson was last with 19 points. Junior Liz Ladd had a great day winning the 300-meter low hurdles in 50.9 and she was fourth in 100-meter high hurdles in 18.3.
Now, Ladd will run in the state meet this Saturday up near Grand Rapids in the Division 4 meet. She will compete in the 100-meter dash at the state meet as the lone athlete from Hudson to attend the individual finals meet.
A few Tigers were scheduled to compete in the Daily Telegram Individual Invitational (DTII) two days ago on Tuesday at Siena Heights with its brand new track and field facility.
Golfers have two meets
Hudson hosted a quad meet on Wednesday of last week at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course and they were fourth. Andrew Enerson was the top Tiger with a score of 42. Matt Pogoreski carded a 43, while Ian Bonifas had a 46 and Ryan Brockmann shot a 54. Hudson totaled 185 and first place Hillsdale had a score of 151. In second was Clinton at 160 and Jonesville had a 168.
In the final LCAA jamboree it was Hudson taking sixth with 201 strokes. Onsted won the meet hosted by Blissfield by scoring 166. The meet was held at The Legacy Golf Course. For Hudson the top golfer was Bonifas with a 45. Anthony Baugh shot a 49, while Pogoreski carded a 50 and Zach Jacobs shot a 57. The LCAA league meet was held two days ago on Tuesday and the team district even is Saturday.