Hudson All-Star team feted at Statehouse

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Rep. Hogan takes members of the Hudson Jr. Hawks All-Star Cal Ripken 12U Team, along with coaches, families and friends, behind the scenes of the House of Representatives.
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Boston – State Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) recently welcomed the Hudson 12 and Under Jr. Hawks All-Star team to the Statehouse to celebrate their historic season — representing the town of Hudson for the first time at the Cal Ripken Junior World Series in Branson, Mo.

After winning the Northeast Regional Title last summer, they were among just 24 teams from around the globe to qualify for the World Series. Led by coaches Matt McFarland, Brian Bowen, Ken O’Brien, Donny DiCarlo, and Rob Hallsworth, the team went on to beat teams from Colorado and Idaho for a 3-3 record at the Series. Their visit to the State House included a tour of the House Chamber, where Hogan talked with the players about the parallels between sportsmanship and public service.

“As a huge baseball fan, it was a joy to follow the record-setting season of the Hudson Jr. Hawks – and see how this group of tremendous young players brought us together as a town to cheer them on,” she said. “The team demonstrated a level of determination, sportsmanship, and hard work well beyond their years. They really stepped up to the plate and represented the best of our community on the global playing field.”