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Hudson baseball's season ends with loss to Aurora

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: May 19, 2017 9:36 PM
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HUDSON — A lightning storm May 18 forced Hudson and Aurora baseball to wait about 18 hours to resume their Division I district semifinal game at The Ballpark at Hudson.

It turned out the delay didn't do any favors for Hudson.

Aurora held on to win 5-4 over the Explorers, earning a date with Solon in the Division I district final May 19.

Hudson saw its season end with a 21-7 record.

Hudson starting pitcher Troy Brown (4-3) and Aurora starter Zachary Elsaway each were in command early.

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Elsway gave up three earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts in four innings of work.

Hudson scored first in the top of the third inning. With third baseman Johnny Colesi on first, Hudson executed a hit-and-run, as center fielder Matt Oscarson hit a double to left-center field.

Oscarson then scored on an RBI single by left fielder Nolan Laughlin to make it 2-0.

Hudson made it 3-0 in the top of the fourth with an RBI by catcher Grant Gedeon, but the Explorers left the bases loaded.

Aurora would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Evan Fromwiller doubled and scored on an RBI single by first baseman Ben Stawicki

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Aurora sent Chase Coady to the mound to start the fifth inning, but Hudson showed its power again when a double by shortsop Hayden Knox was followed by an RBI triple by right fielder Bryce Kilfoyle.

However, the game seemed to turn on the next play.

Hudson first baseman Seth Draper singled to short center, but a great throw from Jonathan Blue allowed catcher Bubba Arslanian to tag Kilfoyle out.

Kilfoyle actually collided with Arslanian at the plate and both benches seemed upset thereafter.

With emotions running high, Aurora took the lead in the bottom of the fifth.

After a lead-off single from Brett Henderson, Drew McVay was hit by a pitch. After the next two batters were retied, Jacob Blue was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

A sharply hit ball by Fromwiller resulted in a two-base error and two runs scoring. A balk then allowed Blue to score and Fromwiller to move to third. Arslanian was intentionally walked and another error off the bat of Stawicki allowed Fromwiller to score.

Brown took the loss for Hudson, going five innings and giving up five runs (one earned) off four hits with five strikeouts.

With Aurora up 5-4, the storm hit in the top of the sixth inning, forcing the suspension.

When play resumed May 19, Coady was in good form.

Coady (3-1) got the win, going three innings, allowing one earned run off three hits.

Johnny Merrill pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Hudson.

In the top of the seventh inning, Kilfoyle drew a two-out walk, but Draper flew out to right field to end the game.

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