After a one-year hiatus, the Hudson baseball team is back in regional play.
The second-seeded Explorers won the Hudson Division I district title championship after earning an 8-3 victory over Walsh Jesuit in eight innings May 20 at The Ballpark at Hudson.
With the win, Hudson (23-3) is scheduld to play Aurora, a 6-2 winner over Nordonia in the Struthers district title game, May 29 at Thurman Munson Stadium in Canton. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
The Explorers scored five runs in the top of the eighth and right-handed reliever Ian Swan got the victory on the mound.
Right-hander Tim Benner took the loss for the Warriors (26-1), who entered the game as the No. 1 Division I team in the state.
Joey Cahill led Hudson with a single, double, a stolen base, two walks and five runs batted in.
His two-out, run-scoring double in the fifth tied the game at three and he drove in the last two runs in the eighth to give the Explorers an 8-3 advantage. He also had a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game at one in the third inning.
In the top of the eighth, Nanak Saran got things started when his flare to left field popped out of Walsh left fielder Azim Qadri's glove as he tried to make a diving catch.
After a wild pitch, Jared Hoffman followed with a bunt down the third-base line.
The ball ended up going to right field and Saran scored on the play to give Hudson a 4-3. Hoffman also went to second on the throwing error.
Dean Miller was then hit by a pitch and Sam Evans reached on catcher's interference to load the bases.
Jake Stuursma followed with a run-scoring single and Braden Wright added a bunt single to give the Explorers a 6-3 advantage.
After a strikeout, Cahill put away with his two-run single.
Hudson right-hander Kevin Zullo allowed zero earned runs in six innings of work. He was replaced in the seventh by Swan, who finished the game.
Blake Jenkins had two singles, a double and a run scored for Walsh.
Right-hander Ryan Feltner allowed just one run in four innings of work before he was relieved by left-hander Joel Ruane.
The Explorers had six hits and six errors. The Warriors had six hits and three errors.
Qadri, Feltner and Ruane are Hudson residents.
For more, see the May 25 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.