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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- It took a trip home and a refresher course on the Ohio High School Athletic Association rulebook, but it's now official.
The Hudson softball had won three games in a row as of press time.
That was the case after the host Lady Explorers swept a doubleheader with North Olmsted May 3.
Hudson earned a 13-5 victory in the first game and an 8-3 win in the second game.
The second game was called in the bottom of the fifth inning due to inclement weather.
Originally, after a discussion between the two sides, the game was ruled a suspended game.
Approximately an hour later, Lady Explorers head coach Don Sewell checked with the rulebook and got the news he wanted to see.
Since Hudson (6-11) was leading in the fifth inning, they were declared the winner.
"The main thing for us is we're getting timely hitting now," Sewell said. "The girls still aren't satisfied. They want to play like they practice."
In the first game, right-hander Nikki Turner pitched a complete game in the circle.
Catcher Eden Janesch led the way with three doubles, three runs batted in a two runs scored.
"Eden has been on fire," Sewell said. "She has been seeing the ball well."
Right-hander Sara Gedeon got the win on the mound and finished with three home runs in the two games. She hit a pair of two-run dingers to left field in the second game.
Gedeon, who finished with eight strikeouts in five innings of work, in the second game, had three RBIs and two runs scored in the first contest.
"Sara came out of a slump," Sewell said. "We've been working on her stance and staying loose. She did a good job of making an adjustment."
In the first game, the Lady Explorers scored six runs in the sixth inning to put it away.
Hudson scored once in the first, three times in the second and twice in both the third and fourth innings in the second game.
Gedeon drove in the last four runs of the game, thanks to her blasts in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.
Center fielder Maddie Sullivan had two hits, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
While the wins were nice, not everything went smoothly for the Lady Explorers.
Outfielder Nicole Means got injured early in the first game after crashing into the fence while trying to catch a fly ball.
Means' eye was nearly swollen shut and her status for upcoming games was unknown as of press time.
"It was an amazing catch," Sewell said.
Prior to the start of the second game, Sydney Coleman, who was supposed to be the starting catcher in the second game, felt dizzy and was unable to play in the field.
Janesch wound up catching both games and Coleman stayed in the game as a designated player.
First baseman Lexi Dorr also was unable to play due to an injured tendon.
Hudson also improved to 2-3 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division after posting a 10-4 victory over Mayfield May 1 on the road.
Shayna Smith got the win with five innings of work. Gedeon pitched the last two innings and finished with three strikeouts.
The Lady Explorers had 16 hits.
Sullivan finished with four hits, including an inside-the-park home run, and two runs scored and Turner had a single, a double and a triple with three runs scored.
Second baseman Annie Dowell added three hits, including a double, three runs scored and an RBI.
"We're just trying to do things the right way," Sewell said. "And that includes backing up where we need to back up and throwing the ball where we need to throw the ball.
"We just need to work hard and keep playing great softball."
Hudson is scheduled to play Highland in the opening round of Division I sectional play May 14 in Medina. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Explorers were scheduled to host River Division rival Twinsburg May 5. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to visit River Division foe Cuyahoga Falls May 7 before heading to Stow-Munroe Falls for a River Division showdown May 9. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.