Hudson baseball downs Falls to return to district final

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

Hudson baseball is back in the district final.

The Explorers defeated Cuyahoga Falls 4-2 May 19 in a Division I district semifinal game at The Ballpark at Hudson.

Hudson improved to 22-3 on the year, while Falls ended its season at 8-15.

Hudson was set to play in the district final game at The Ballpark at Hudson May 20 at 4:30 p.m. vs. Walsh Jesuit.

Walsh defeated Wadsworth 9-3 in the other district semifinal at Hudson May 19.

Hudson starter Nanak Saran was involved in a pitcher's duel earlier this season against Falls, which Hudson won 1-0.

This time, it was Falls' Billy Marting (4-2) who matched Saran pitch-for-pitch early.

Although Saran wasn't at his sharpest, he improved to 7-0 on the season. Saran gave up two earned runs on just three hits, but had six walks in his 5.2 innings of work.

Falls scored first in the top of the fourth inning.

Mike Kaser drew a lead-off walk, stole second, went to third on ground out and came home on an RBI double from Ryan Horrigan.

However, Hudson came back with three runs in the in the bottom of fourth, thanks in the large part to the bottom of its order.

Dan Joseph opened with an infield single and stole second. After Saran was intentionally walked, Jared Hoffman came through with an RBI single up the middle.

After a bunt single by Dean Miller loaded the bases, catcher Sam Evans hit a two-run single to short right to make it 3-1 Hudson.

Falls came back with an RBI single by Nick Winar in the top of the fifth.

Hudson answered back in the bottom of the fifth. Joseph hit another infield single and stole second. After a single by Kevin Zullo, Joseph scored on a sacrifice fly by Saran to make it 4-2.

Falls had a golden chance to tie the game in the sixth inning, when three walks by Saran loaded the bases.

However, Dice then pulled Saran out of the game and brought in closer Ian Swan. Swan got out of the jam by getting Austin Riegler to ground out to second to end in the inning.

Falls relief pitcher Ben Nelson struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth inning. He then led off the seventh with a single.

However, Swan got Winar to hit into a fielder's choice, struck out Kaser and got Cody Verchio-Davis to pop out to first base to end the game.

Swan got his fourth save of the year.

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