Hudson baseball team's season ends in regional final

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The Hudson baseball team lost a 5-2 decision to Massillon Jackson in a Division I regional title game May 31 at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton.

The Explorers finished 26-5 in 2014. Starting right-hander Nanak Saran (7-1) took the loss. He pitched four innings before he was relieved by right-hander Ian Swan in the fifth.

Left-hander Tim Turner got the win on the mound. He allowed one earned run in seven innings of work.

Kyle Mottice had two singles and two doubles for the Polar Bears (24-5). He drove in two runs and scored another.

Hudson had the bases loaded in the first inning with two outs, but did not score.

Jackson didn't waste its chance.

The Polar Bears scored three runs in the bottom of the first on four hits. Jake Miller drove in the first run with a high chopper that sailed over Explorers' third baseman Dan Joseph's head and into left field.

Mike McCann added a run-scoring double and Miller ended up scoring when Saran was called for a balk.

Hudson took advantage of an error to score its first run in the top of the second.

After Dean Miller led off the inning with a single, he was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sam Evans.

After a flyout, Braden Wright hit a towering popup to short. Jake Pallota had a play on it, but Mottice, the second baseman, inadvertently ran into Pallotta as the ball hit Pallota's glove.

The ball ended up falling to the dirt and Wright scored from second.

Jackson made it 4-1 in the fourth.

With two outs and no one on base, AJ Kloehn ripped a single to center. He then stole second and scored on a run-scoring single by Mottice.

The Explorers got a run back in top of the sixth when Swan had a run-scoring single, but the Polar Bears responded in the bottom half of the inning.

Once again, it was Mottice.

The standout second baseman got hits fourth hit of the game when he drilled a run-scoring double to deep left. Mottice ended up being gunned down at third as he tried to extend his double into a triple.

Turner, who threw 112 pitches, retired the order in the seventh to finish the game.

Hudson had four hits and no errors. Jackson had 11 hits and one error.

For more, see the June 4 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.

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