By Bill Mullaly
The past week of action for the Hudson High School spring sports teams was a busy one. The ball teams of baseball and softball both began LCAA action with contests against chief rival Onsted. The track and field teams competed against Blissfield in LCAA actionand at an invite. The golf team took on Summerfield and . Here is a look at how the teams did last week as all the teams took Saturday off for the biggest event of the spring season that being the prom.
Softball wins three of four games
Hudson was beaten twice by LCAA rival Onsted last Tuesday on the home field The scores were 16-6 and 9-3. In the first game the Cats were powered by the pitching and hitting of star player Erin Duross. She had three hits with three runs knocked in to lead the win. For the Lady Tigers the offensive star was senior Sam Merillat who had a perfect three for three day at the plate good for two runs batted in. Senior Katie Benschoter had two hits with two RBIs. Ali Anderson also had a pair of hits. Taking the pitching loss was freshman hurler Paige Darr. It was more of Duross in the second game as she again was the winning pitcher this time out-pitching Merillat who took the loss. Duross had a pair of hits and two RBIs. For Hudson junior Ashley Monahan led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Anderson also had a run-scoring hit. Hudson begins the league at 0-2 against the always tough Wildcats.
The Lady Tigers then took apart non-league foe Jonsville last Thursday also at home. Hudson won 12-3 and 15-3 over the Comets. Merillat won the first game in the circle giving up two hits with seven strikeouts as she walked three batters. Brittany Johnston had a home run and a triple and two RBIs. Ashley Schneider had three hits and Anderson added two hits. In the second game win over the Comets the contest ended early in five innings due to the mercy rule. Darr was the winning pitcher for the Lady Tigers. She gave up three hits and had four strikeouts. She added two hits with a run knocked in. Monahan was a perfect three for three at the plate including a double and two RBIs. Hannah Schoonover had a double and two RBIs. Merillat went three of three with three RBIs. Benschoter added two RBIs for Hudson. Bailey Feekings and Johnston also added two hits and one RBI apiece in the second game. Hudson is now 9-6 on the season.
Baseballers split four games
Hudson and Onsted play two games that both ended in 4-2 scores at Hudson. in the first game the Wildcats booted the ball around making six errors and Hudson won the game to begin LCAA play. Cody Nelson was the winning pitcher as the sophomore hurler struck out five and walked three, as he allowed just one hit. Bubba Williams was the leading hitter for the Tigers with a pair of hits. He scored a run and had a RBI. The Tigers let the second game get away as they allowed the Cats’ to score twice in the sixth to break away from a 2-2 tie and go on to the win. Austin Johnson, son of former Tiger star athlete Matt Johnson, was the winning pitcher for Onsted and he added two hits with two RBIs. Williams suffered the pitching loss for the Tigers who are now 1-1 in the LCAA.
Hudson was again involved in a pair of low-scoring games at home on Thursday as they lost 4-2 to Jonesville and then won 3-2. In the first game loss it was Logan Milligan doing the pitching and he took the loss giving up eight hits with three strikeouts. Dan Komarynski was the leading hitter with two hits and a run scored. The second game win was sparked by the pitching of both Williams and Nelson with Nelson getting the win. Williams went three innings and allowed one hit with three K’s. Nelson then went three innings giving up three hits and he had two strikeouts. Williams had two hits with a run and Milligan added a basehit in the win. Hudson is now 6-10 on the season overall.
Track teams suffer setbacks
Hudson was at Blissfield for LCAA action and both teams lost. The boys fell 87-43 and the girls went down 115-22. In the boys meet it was Zach Rieger winning the shot put with a heave of 38-3 and he took the discus tossing it 116-2. Ben Sunderman won the 3200-meter run in 12:14.The Tigers won the 3200-meter relay as Sunderman, Graham, Michael Prock and Tr’e Edwards took first in a time of 10:24. The Tigers also won the 1600-meter relay in a time of 4:24 with Prock, Edwards, Graham and Gryphon Walkowicz doing the running. Prock was second in the 1600-meter run. Hudson also scored a second in the shot put and a third in the discus from Jacob Morgan. James Herron was second in the 100-meters and he was also second in the 200-meter run. Jeffrey Graham was second in the 110-meter high hurdles and he was third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Carter Valdez was third in the 800-meter run.
The Tigers also competed in the Ralph Rice Invitational on Friday in Jackson at Parma Western but they were unable to score in the 13-team meet.
The girls against Blissfield scored points from Liz Ladd who was first in the 300-meter hurdles in 53.7. Brie Wilenius was first in the discus with a toss of 81-1. Wilenious was second in the shot put. Taking seconds were Ladd in the 200-meter run and she was second in the 100-meter hurdles. In third was Ladd in the 100-meters, Chelsea Fritz in the 800-meters and Stephanie Sharp was third in the 100-meter hurdles. At the Rice invitational at Western it was Sharp being the lone Lady Tiger to score as she got one point in the 100-meter hurdles.
Golfers compete twice
Hudson was at the league jamboree on Monday in Petersburg hosted by Dundee at Demi Acres Golf Course. The Tigers were sixth as a team. Onsted was first and Ida second. Matt Pogoreski was the top Tiger with a 42 and he shared top honors with Anthony Baugh also with a 42. Andrew Enerson scored a 47 and Ian Bonifas a 52. “We are getting better and this was our best showing of the season. We are moving in the right direction as a team,” said head coach Kevin Reed.
Last Thursday at home it was Hudson hosting a tri-meet at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course against Summerfield and Madison. Madison won with a score of 164, while Summerfield was next at 171 and Hudson had a 199. Pogoreski shot a 48, while Baugh had a 50 as did Enerson. Ryan Brockmann carded a 51.
Hudson will host a LCAA jamboree next Wednesday the 9th of May at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course.