Three Hudson tennis players advanced to the quarterfinals during Division I sectional play May 14 at Medina High School.
Steven Boslet won three matches and the doubles team of Dominic Polifrone and Michael Wolowiecki earned two victories. If they win one more match, they will advance to Division I district play, which is scheduled to take place next week at Oberlin College. Sectional play is scheduled to continue May 17 and 18 in Medina.
Boslet cruised to 6-0, 6-0 wins in his first three matches and Polifrone and Wolowiecki earned 6-1, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-1 victories.
Jack Graham finished 2-1. He scored a 7-5, 6-2 win in his first match and posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory in his second match. Graham was eliminated in his third match to Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg, a Hudson resident. Sandberg posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
The Explorers' other doubles team of Ari Basu and Brian Kemper earned a 6-1, 6-0 win in the opening round, but lost a 6-2, 6-1 decision in the second round.
Brendan Dagley lost a 7-5, 6-0 decision in his first match.
Hudson is scheduled to host Solon in an Ohio Coaches Association match May 21 at 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL SQUAD FALLS TO TWINSBURG
The Hudson softball team lost an 11-5 decision to Twinsburg in a Division I sectional semifinal game May 14 on the road.
Everything went wrong for the Tigers in the top of the first.
The Lady Explorers sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Leadoff hitter Kelly Gough got it started when she smacked a solo home run on the third pitch she saw over the fence in left field.
After allowing run-scoring singles to Aislinn Sharkey and Nicole Means, Twinsburg starter Savanna Backo was removed from the game after just 13 pitches.
Hudson (6-15) added another run when the very next batter, Nikki Turner, hit a bloop single to right off freshman right-hander Nicole Brown, who escaped further damage by getting the last two outs.
Oddly enough, such a woeful start might have been just what the doctor ordered for the Tigers.
Twinsburg stunned the Lady Explorers with nine runs in the bottom of the first.
The Tigers didn’t need to do much to get back in the game.
Turner, a right-hander, had trouble hitting her spots. Twinsburg scored its first run, thanks to four consecutive walks by Turner to start the inning.
When Turner found the strike zone, she almost pulled off a Houdini-like escape.
After allowing a run-scoring bloop single to Holly Adkins, Turner retired the next two batters.
But Twinsburg showed it could be very productive in two-out situations.
The next six batters reached base, which led to seven more runs.
Alyssa Carcioppolo tied the game when she smacked a two-run single and Nicole Brown gave Twinsburg the lead for good on what may have been the most important play of the game.
Nicole Brown legged out an infield single, which scored the go-ahead run from the third. As Hudson tried to gun down Brown, another run scored on the play.
The Lady Explorers scored their other run in the second on Means’ run-scoring single. The Tigers scored an unearned run in the fourth and Kourtney Paul capped the scoring for Twinsburg in the sixth with a run-scoring single.
Nicole Brown finished the game to get the win. She improved to 2-6 on the season.
LACROSSE TEAM ROLLS PAST UNIVERSITY
The host Hudson boys lacrosse team improved to 15-1 with a 21-11 victory over University (Hunting Valley) May 14 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Bo Lori led the Explorers with six goals and Sam Gregory had four goals.
Hudson outshot the Preppers 52-26 and had a 70-40 advantage in ground balls.
BASEBALL CLUB BEATS ELYRIA
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