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Explorers softball drops two after routing Lady Tigers

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: April 19, 2017 12:02 AM
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HUDSON -- They had several baserunners.

Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, none of them got to touch home plate.

Host Hudson earned a commanding 9-0 victory over Suburban League National Conference rival Twinsburg April 13.

The Lady Explorers did not continue their winning ways the next two days.

They lost to GlenOak 7-0 April 14 in Canton and National Conference foe North Royalton 7-4 April 15 at home.

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But everything went right against the Lady Tigers, who finished with just five hits and three errors. Twinsburg stranded eight runners and was just 1-for-11 with runners on base.

"We extended a couple of innings and we had lots of opportunities," Twinsburg head coach Chris Shaffer said. "We didn't get the clutch hits."

Those lack of clutch hits had something to do with the Lady Explorers' starting right-hander.

Mariah Duncan baffled the Lady Tigers throughout the afternoon to get the win in the pitcher's circle. She pitched all seven innings and finished with eight strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters.

"I thought Mariah pounded the strike zone a little more," Hudson head coach Jeff Kurtz said. "She had good command of all of her pitches. She threw some nice changeups."

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Duncan also was a force at the plate.

She had two doubles, a single, three runs batted in and two runs scored.

Designated player Sara Gedeon had two hits, including a double, two RBIs and a run scored and third baseman Martha Masich had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Lady Explorers (3-6, 3-3).

First baseman Olivia Stefanoni added two hits and a run scored for Hudson.

Right-hander Marissa Thirion also went the distance in the circle for the Lady Tigers. She struck out three batters and issued one walk in six innings of work.

The Lady Explorers had 12 hits and no errors. Twinsburg (1-6, 1-4) had three errors.

Hudson scored a run apiece in the first and second innings.

The Lady Explorers poured it on late in the game.

They scored four times in the fifth and three times in the sixth.

"All the things that we have been talking about and practicing came together," Kurtz said. "It finally sunk in and we did what we had to do. Our approach at the plate was much better. They did a nice job with the off-speed stuff."

Center fielder Jada Farmer, right fielder Najah Thornton and Alexis Lopez reached base twice for the Lady Tigers.

Hudson finished with just three hits against the Lady Golden Eagles. Gedeon, a right-hander, took the loss.

Stefanoni, a left-hander, took the loss against the Lady Bears.

Cami Madar had three hits, including two doubles, and three runs scored for the Lady Explorers. Gedeon added three hits, including two doubles for Hudson, which committed six errors.

The Lady Explorers were scheduled to entertain National Conference rival Nordonia April 17 before heading to North Royalton for a National Conference showdown April 18. Results of those games were not available at press time.

Hudson is set to host National Conference foe Cuyahoga Falls April 24 before heading to Stow-Munroe Falls April 25. Both varsity games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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