The host Hudson baseball team improved to 4-0 on the season after posting a 10-0 victory over Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Forge April 3 at The Ballpark at Hudson.
Jono Chafe allowed just two hits in six innings of work to get the win. He finished with six strikeouts.
Alex Agra scored three runs and Tim Kennedy and Mitch Schoenman each scored twice. The Explorers had nine hits, including five doubles.
Back in Ohio for the first time this season, Hudson wasn't razor sharp when it visited Northeast Ohio Conference rival Brunswick April 3.
However, the Explorers' offense continued its thing in the early season.
After falling behind 4-1 after three innings, Hudson scored eight unanswered runs to score a 9-4 win over the Blue Devils.
According to Hudson head coach Buddy Dice, temperatures were more suitable to ice hockey than baseball.
"It might have been 35 degrees, but it sure didn't feel like it was 35 degrees," Dice said, noting the wind chill was a factor.
That deep freeze might have played a role in the Explorers' struggles in the field. Hudson committed four early errors, which helped Brunswick take the early lead.
"It was cold and the field was rough, but there are no excuses," Dice said. "Those are plays that we needed to make."
In part because of those errors, Hudson ace right-handed Brian Malerick struggled a bit. He stuck out five and walked one in 2-1/3 innings of work.
Malerick left the game with runners on second and third with one out in the third as he worked over his pitch count.
Luckily for the Explorers, Kevin Zullo came in, got out of the jam with no damage and was masterful thereafter.
Zullo got the win (1-0) after 4-1/3 innings of scoreless ball.
"Kevin came in and did a great job for us," Dice said.
Meanwhile, Hudson's offense got to work from then on. Catcher Mitch Schoenman tied the game in the fourth with a double and Hudson got two runs in the fifth, two in the second and one run in the seventh to ice the game.
Third baseman Tim Kennedy, second baseman Alex Agra and Dan Joseph each had two singles in the game.
Dice also said the Explorers took advantage of six walks surrendered by Blue Devils' pitching.
Hudson was set to play its home opener April 4 with NOC foe Valley Forge. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are scheduled to open NOC Valley Division play this week with a home-and-home series with Twinsburg.
The Explorers are set to visit Dodge Field April 9 and then host the Tigers April 10. First pitch both days is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.