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Softball: River Falls' season ends in regional

River Falls third baseman Skyler Ross gets ready to field a hard grounder in the third inning of the Wildcat softball team's 10-0 loss to Hudson in a WIAA Division 1 Regional semifinal Wednesday, May 23, at Grandview Park in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The Wildcat softball team saw its season come to an end with a 10-0 loss to Hudson in a WIAA Division 1 Regional semifinal game Wednesday, May 23, in Hudson.

The Raiders scored three runs in the first inning, five in the third and two more in the fifth to keep their season alive while the Wildcat's year ended with a record of 2-14.

Skyler Ross had the lone River Falls hit in the game, a two-out single in the first inning. The Wildcat's only other base runner came in the top of the fifth when Jenna Huppert laid down a bunt and reached on a throwing error.

The Wildcat defense turned an inning-ending double play in the fourth when shortstop Nelly Sabby snagged a hard line drive and threw to Ross at third to double-up the Raider base runner, but three River Falls errors resulted in just two of the Raider's 10 runs being earned.

Taylor Weick went the distance in the circle, allowing two earned runs on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Hudson, the No. 4 seed, improved to 15-4 before going on to lose to fifth-seeded Superior, 8-0, in a regional final game Friday, May 25. The Spartans advanced to play top-seeded Stevens Point in a sectional semifinal game Tuesday, May 29, in Plover.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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