By Bill Mullaly
The spring sports are really starting to wind down for the Hudson High School spring sports teams. The baseball and softball teams are looking ahead to district competition. The track and field teams are preparing for two big meets with the LCAA league meet and the DTII are still ahead. On this past Saturday one Lady Tiger qualified for the state meet as Liz Ladd will be headed to the big meet to run in the 100-meter dash. The golf team continues to improve as they have the LCAA league meet and the districts coming up as well. Here is a look at how the teams are doing late in their respective seasons.
Ladd headed to state meet
Ladd was fourth at the Division 4 regional meet held at Hillsdale College. She qualified for the state meet by running a 13.1 time in the 100-meters to make the qualifying time of 13.2 or better. “I was very happy for her as she has worked hard for this and has come so close before toqualifying,” said Lady Tiger head coach Tom Romanowski. “She almost qualified last year and I am proud of her for making it to state this year. She keeps alive our streak of always sending a girl to state at least in the past several years.”
Ladd also medaled at the regional meet by placing sixth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. The top eight placers earned a medal but only the top two qualified for the state meet unless they met a pre-determined time, height or distance. The 400-meter relay team also medaled as Ladd, Stephanie Sharp, Ember Grames and Brie Wilenius were eighth. The team had its final regular season dual meet and lost at Summerfield 92-34.
The state meet race for Ladd will be Saturday, June 2nd.
Rieger, relay team medal
At the regional meet it was Zach Rieger placing eighth in the discus with a toss of 110-10. The 3200-meter relay team ran a great race and medaled taking eighth as Ben Sunderman, Jeffrey Graham, Tr’e Edwards and Michael Prock ran a time of 9:31 shaving a bit more than a minute off of the unit’s best previous time. “They ran a great race and went in seeded 10th and ended up medaling,” said a pleased Romanowski.
In the boys final dual meet last Tuesday over in Petersburg against Summerfield they lost 119-14. Both the boys and girls were scheduled to run in the annual LCAA league meet at Erie Mason two days ago (Tuesday).
Then a couple of individuals will participate in the annual Daily Telegram Individual Invitational this coming Tuesday at Siena Heights University where they will ran, jump and throw on the college’s new track facility.
Tigers improving on the diamond
The Tigers had seven games last week and won four of them to improve to 14-19 on the season. Hudson continued LCAA play at Erie Mason last Tuesday falling 2-1 and then winning 3-2. Cody Nelson pitched well in the opener giving up just two hits and striking out four. In the nightcap the Tigers won in the final at bat when Logan Milligan laid
down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze play to score Henry Atkin in the 3-2 nail-biter. Bubba Williams got the pitching win with three K’s. Austin Scoby led the offense with two hits. On Friday at Waldron the Tigers won both by scores of 16-1 and 9-2. Milligan got the game one win pitching allowing just three hits. Atkin had two hits as did Dustin Mattison. Kameron Bellfy and Scoby also added a pair of hits. The second game saw Burke Hart get the pitching win as he had nine strikeouts and allowed only three hits. Hart had a double at the plate. Atkin had two hits but it was Milligan leading the way with three hits including a double.
Bellfy added two hits. At the Clinton tourney on Saturday the Tigers won a game and lost two. Hudson beat host Clinton but fell to eventual tourney champion Manchester 7-6 and second place Tecumseh 8-1. The highlight of the day was a home run from Hart in the Manchester game. Nelson got the pitching win over Clinton and Williams got the save. Carlos Randall, Hart and Atkin all had two hits in the Clinton win. Scoby added three runs batted in. “We played well against three very good opponents,” said Hudson head coach Jeremy Beal.
Softball teams play at Erie Mason twice
Hudson went to Erie Mason for the LCAA twinbill last Tuesday falling twice 6-1 and 11-3. Sam Merillat pitched well in game one but took the loss. Katie Benschoter was the top hitter with a double. In the second game
Merillat again pithed but this time in relief of Paige Darr. Ashley Monahan had two hits with a triple and Ashley Schneider had two hits with one of them a double.
Hudson went to Waldron on Friday and won two games by scores of 12-4 and 24-1. Monahan and Merillat both had three hits in game one and Bailey Feekings had two hits. The winning pitcher was Emily Wayer. Merillat was a
perfect four of four in game two at the plate with a home run. Monahan had two hits with a homer also. Benschoteralso had a pair of hits. Charlye Marotta was the winning pitcher going two innings without allowing a basehit.
On Saturday it was Hudson at Erie again competing in the Erie Mason tourney. The Lady Tigers fell to Constantine 13-3 in five innings and then fell to host Erie Mason 10-4 in game two. Hudson had two hits with Ali Anderson and Monahan having singles. Merillat took the loss in the circle. In the second game Merillat suffered the loss as well but did get seven K’s. Schneider had two hits as did Anderson with one of her hits being a double. Merillat had a triple among her three hits. The team is now 16-17 on the season.
Golfers getting better
Hudson was at Devils Lake Golf Course last Tuesday for the Onsted jamboree and placed third overall for its best outing of the season. Hudson shot a score of 197 behind Onsted’s 171 and Erie Mason was second at 188. For
Hudson it was Matt Pogoreski with a round of 44, while Andrew Enerson had a 48. Ian Bonifas shot a score of 49 and Anthony Baugh carded a 56. “We are playing better and moving in the right direction,” said head coach Kevin Reed.
In the Erie Mason jamboree on Thursday of last week it was Hudson taking sixth with Erie Mason the winner. Hudson had 195 strokes to 166 for the first placed EM team. Pogoreski had a round of 43, Bonifas a 48, Zachary Jacobs a 51 and Enerson shot a 53.