By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
HUDSON – A complete-game performance from pitcher Brady Stuart, success on the basepaths, and a half dozen errors from Auburn fielders lifted the Hudson Hawks baseball team over the Rockets in the MIAA sectional quarterfinals June 23.
Starting strong, Hudson kept the pressure on, scoring in every inning except the sixth inning to assemble an 8-1 victory.
“They came out, put the ball in play, put pressure on the basepaths and Brady was throwing strikes,” Coach Tim Reinhardt told the Community Advocate after the game. “That’s what we preach. They did a great job.”
Stuart’s standout day on the mound featured 16 strikeouts over 103 pitches. He held Auburn to five hits and one run.
On offense, meanwhile, the Hawks benefited from six errors committed by Rockets fielders.
“We always tell the guys that, when you put the ball in play, anything can happen,” Reinhardt said of the fielding situation. “We don’t expect the other team to make errors, but we expect to put pressure on the other team once we do put the ball in play.”
This victory punched Hudson’s ticket to the sectional semifinals on June 25 which they ultimately lost to AMSA.