Talented Elyria routs Hudson softball team

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The host Hudson softball team lost a lopsided 13-1 decision to Northeast Ohio Conference rival Elyria in its season debut.

The game was called after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The Lady Pioneers (4-0) scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the fifth and five in the sixth.

Elyria had four home runs, including three in the sixth.

Lady Pioneers' shortstop Kandi Laseke was a single away from the cycle.

She led off the game with a homer and also had a two-run triple in the second and a double in the sixth.

Center fielder Kaitlyn Laseke had two hits, including a home run, and two runs batted in, and pitcher Elizabeth Ellis also had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.

First baseman Madison Fullmer had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored. Kelsey Plato added a solo home run for Elyria.

Ellis also went the distance on the mound. The right-hander allowed five hits in six innings of work. She finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.

The Lady Explorers (0-1) scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth.

Shortstop Erika Howard led off the inning with a single to left field and then third baseman Sara Gedeon put two runners in scoring position with a double down the right-field line.

Howard eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk to catcher Eden Janesch.

Right-hander Shayna Smith took the loss on the mound. She was relieved by right-hander Nikki Turner in the fifth.

For more, see the April 13 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.

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