Hudson baseball team sweeps Nordonia

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The host Hudson baseball team improved to 13-1 after earning a pair of victories over Nordonia April 26 at The Ballpark at Hudson.

The Explorers posted an 11-1 win in the second game and a 10-7 victory in the first game.

In the second game, the Explorers scored seven runs in the second inning to take control. The game was called after 4-1⁄2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Hudson finished with 12 hits and one error.

The Knights (6-11) had six hits and zero errors.

Jared Hoffman got the win on the mound to improve to 4-0. He finished with seven strikeouts in five innings of work.

Joey Cahill had three hits, four runs batted in and a run scored and Dan Joseph drove in two runs for the Explorers.

Kevin Zullo added a double, two RBIs and a run scored for Hudson.

In the first game, the Explorers were down 5-0 heading into the bottom of the third.

But Hudson stormed back with six runs in the fifth to take an 8-5 lead.

The Explorers finished with eight hits and no errors.

Nordonia had seven hits and four errors.

Jacob McKenzie got his first win of the season for Hudson. He pitched the final 4-2⁄3 innings of the game.

Sam Evans led the Explorers with three hits, including a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Cahill added a double, two stolen bases and a run scored and Ian Swan had a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Hudson earned an 11-1 win in the junior varsity contest.

The Explorers were scheduled to host Northeast Ohio Conference River Division rival Solon April 29. Results were not available at press time.

They are set to visit Solon April 30 at Solon Community Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Hudson is set to host the Hudson High School Baseball Cancer Awareness Classic May 2 and 3 at The Ballpark at Hudson.

Last year, team captains Alex Agra and Mitch Schoenman selected Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (www.pcrf-kids.org) as their organization to support during Cancer Classic Weekend.

Assistant baseball coach Chuck Schilling, who was the team's head coach for many years, was able represent Hudson baseball and meet with Boston Red Sox pitcher, Jon Lester, at Progressive Field with his support of MLB & NVRQT (Never Quit) to strike out pediatric cancer.

Close to $2,000 was donated to the foundation with Hudson hosting games against Massillon Jackson and Chardon, while Kent Roosevelt and Richfield Revere played as well.

In addition to these efforts, Hudson also had a pair of second-grade twins as honorary guests. One of the boys had gone through treatment and both boys got to throw out the first pitch and serve as bat boys.

"There was no better moment than seeing junior and senior boys fuss over who would stand next to the youngster during the national anthem and who would catch their first pitch," Explorers head coach Buddy Dice said.

"Regardless of how important the baseball game may have seemed, the boys kept it in perspective in making the evening special for these guys. I'm excited to see the twins again this week."

Hudson plans to continue to support Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

The Explorers are scheduled to compete against some of the toughest public-school teams in the state.

"The twins will be the guests again [May 2] against Mentor, while others impacted by this disease may be with us for other parts of the weekend," Dice said.

The schedule for the Cancer Awareness Classic is as follows:

• May 2: Canfield vs. Hudson (varsity), 4:30 p.m.; and Mentor vs. Hudson (varsity), 7 p.m.

• May 3: Aurora vs. Hudson (varsity and junior varsity), 1 p.m.; Chardon vs. Hudson (varsity and JV), 4 p.m.; and Chardon vs. Kent Roosevelt (varsity and JV), 7 p.m.

This event first took place in 2007.

The Explorers hosted Tallmadge on "Cancer Awareness Night" to dedicate to the Beth Hornke Memorial Grandstand.

Proceeds were donated to the Hudson Relay for Life in the name of the Hudson Explorers and Tallmadge Blue Devils.

In 2008, the classic was dedicated to Roland "Gib" Bourgeois Memorial Garden behind home plate.

In 2009, with the help of Tallmadge head baseball coach Kenny Linn, the Cancer Awareness Night was expanded to the Cancer Awareness Classic event and hosted games at The Ballpark at Hudson and at Kent State University's Schoonover Field.

Proceeds from the event were donated to the Hudson Relay for Life in the name of the six participating teams. The event followed the same format the next two years

In 2012, the Cancer Awareness Classic was co-sponsored for the final time.

The Explorers recognized Mack Starkey, who passed away after a battle with cancer Feb. 3, 2010.

Starkey's father- and mother-in-law, Nick and Chris Picone, wife Tina, stepdaughter Amanda and stepson Dante gathered at the pitcher's mound as Dante threw out the first pitch.

Each year, funds were raised to be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Hudson Relay for Life.

In the last six years, more than $7,500 was raised for cancer research and support in the name of the teams participating in the event.

The Summit County Umpires Association and its member umpires each donated their time and fees to the event each year.

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