By Bill Mullaly
The past week saw the kickoff for the spring sports at Hudson High School for three of the five teams that will compete this season. The softball team was frozen out on Tuesday and couldn’t play at Addison but they did play two other doubleheaders last week winning two of four games. The baseball team had five games and they were able to win three of them. The boy’s golf team had a pair of matches and they came up short in both of them. The two track teams are still off until today (Thursday) when they open action against Onsted at home. Here is a look at the first week of spring sports action.
Diamondmen win three
Hudson opened the season losing to Sand Creek on the road a week ago Monday on the ninth of April. Sand Creek won 7-3. Cody Nelson was the starting pitcher for the Tigers and suffered the loss but he did have two hits on offense. Dustin Mattison had a hit and scored twice and Nelson scored the other run. Henry Atkin had the other hit for the Tigers.
Against Madison on Wednesday also on the road the Tigers gained a split falling 3-0 in game one and winning 9-5 in the second contest. Lawrence “Bubba” Williams took the loss on the mound for the Tigers but he pitched well allowing just the three runs on only six hits. The second game was more to the liking of the Tigers as they got their first win of the season. Senior pitcher Joel Varney got the win going a bit over four innings to record the pitching victory. He also had two hits on offense and scored three runs. He came in to pitch during the first inning and got the Tigers out of a bases loaded jam to swing the momentum in Hudson’s favor. Varney started the first at bat with a double and the other big hit was a two-run double by sophomore Daniel Komarynski. He then stole third and scored to put the Tigers up 4-0 and they wouldn’t let the big early lead get away. Freshman Shay McDaniel also had a run-scoring single later scoring Komarynski.
The Tigers welcomed Britton-Deerfield (B-D) to town last Friday for the home opener and the Tigers got a sweep winning two tight ones 2-1 and 3-2. Varney was again the hero on the day as he won the first game with a game-ending single to score Williams. Nelson was tough on the mound getting the complete game win giving up a lone run on just three hits. In the second game the Tigers won when a Patriot pitcher balked in the deciding run. Austin Scoby was the hitting leader with three hits for the Tigers. The Tigers got the win in five innings with Logan Milligan getting the pitching victory. He gave up four hits. Varney had a hit and stole three bases. After the first week the Tigers are now 3-2.
Softball team gets split
Hudson ended the week with a big sweep of the Patriots of B-D on Friday. The Lady Tigers won 12-10 and 13-3. Junior Ashley Monahan was the hitting hero with five hits on the day including a grand slam home run. In the first game Monahan had two triples. Sam Merillat, Hannah Schoonover and Brittany Johnston all had two hits apiece and all three scored twice. Bailey Feekings had a triple and double to highlight the heavy-hitting Hudson attack. Merillat got the pitching win with four strikeouts. Then in the second game it was Monahan adding three hits that helped her get six runs batted in with the grand slam bringing in four of them. She also had three stolen bases and scored twice. Ashley Schneider had a hit, two RBIs and scored twice. Charlye Marotta had a two-run single. Sophomore Emily Wayer scored four runs and earned the win doing the pitching as she allowed six hits with one strikeout. She was just called up from the junior varsity team.
In the games with Adrian-Madison it was Hudson falling twice by scores of 3-2 and 14-4. The split in the four games leaves the Lady Tigers with an overall mark of 4-2 on the season.
Golfers open season
The first match of the year was at Devils Lake Golf Course versus the Panthers of Addison with Hudson falling 180-218. Matt Pogoreski shot a team-low of 46 for Hudson. Anthony Baugh had a round of 54, while Brian Parkhurst shot a 58 and Matt Wright a 61 in the contest. This match was last Thursday to begin the season. The next day on Friday in a five-team event at Sand Creek the host team won. For Hudson Baugh shot a team-low score of 50. Pogoreski had a score of 51, Ian Bonifas carded a round of 54 and Andrew Enerson came in with a total of 55.