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A number of things can happen next week.
Nonetheless, the Hudson baseball team is back on top of the Suburban League National Conference standings.
The host Explorers won their sixth straight game after posting an 8-5 victory over Nordonia April 28 at The Ballpark at Hudson.
With the win, Hudson, which lost to Nordonia 2-1 earlier in the season in Macedonia, improved to 9-3 in the National Conference.
The Knights fell to 8-3 in the conference.
Hudson has two conference games with Brecksville-Broadview Heights left and Nordonia has a conference game against Stow-Munroe Falls and two conference contests with Wadsworth remaining.
The Explorers (14-4) scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-0 lead.
Shortstop Hayden Knox had a run-scoring triple to make it 1-0 in the first and third baseman Johnny Colesi had a run-scoring bunt single, Nolan Laughlin drew a bases-loaded walk and Hayden Knox ripped a two-run double over the left fielder's head in the second.
Nordonia got on the board in the top of the third when second baseman Robby Levak hit a two-run bloop double to shallow left field.
But Hudson came right back in the bottom of the third.
Colesi had a run-scoring single to make it 6-2.
Nonetheless, the Knights kept chipping away.
Peter Toula cut the Explorers' advantage to 6-3 when he smacked a run-scoring single in the third. Hudson scored another run in the inning on a throwing error.
The Explorers took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch to make it 8-3 in the fifth.
However, Nordonia (12-7) didn't go away.
With the rain coming down rather heavily, the Knights took advantage of a slippery ball and scored two runs in the sixth. Hudson had four walks in the inning.
Shortstop Trey Crockett drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Nordonia got another run on a ground out by relief pitcher Dylan Hiles.
The Knights got a runner on base in the seventh, but right-hander Johnny Merrill got the final two outs to close the deal. It was Merrill's second save of the season.
Starting right-hander Troy Brown got the win on the mound for the Explorers to improve to 3-2 in 2017.
Brown struck out eight and walked three batters before handing the ball to left-hander Aiden Samuel in the sixth.
Samuel issued two walks, but he was able to get the final two batters of the inning to end the threat.
Right-hander Chris Nolan took the loss for the Knights, who threw 68 pitches in two innings of work. He dropped to 3-1 on the season.
Left-hander Nicholas Kovacs, submarine right-hander Mason Mimms and Hiles, a left-hander, also pitched for Nordonia.
Hudson had 11 hits and no errors and the Knights finished with seven hits and one error.
The Explorers had two runners picked off, including a runner at third base.
Both teams stranded eight runners.