HUDSON – The Hudson High School softball team mounted a major comeback before ultimately falling to Middleborough in their Elite 8, state quarterfinals game on Friday.
Ranked fourth in the tournament bracket, the Hawks hosted the fifth-ranked Sachems with a spot in the state Final Four on the line.
Middleborough jumped out to an early lead, eventually expanding that to a 7-0 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hudson managed to score before then trading runs with Middleborough on both sides of a high-scoring fifth inning.
Scoring on offense, the Hawks still trailed 13-7 entering the seventh and final frame of this game, where they held Middleborough scoreless.
Hudson got to work in the bottom of the seventh inning, adding five runs.
That, however, left them one run short of a tie to force extra innings, allowing the Sachems to leave Hudson with a 13-12 victory.
“Unbelievable comeback,” Hudson Athletic Director Jessica Winders tweeted following the final out. “What a game.”
Now halted in their bid for a state title, Hudson looks back on a season with a final win-loss record of 19-4.
Recently, the Hawks won a CMADA title late last month on the eve of playoff bracket seeding before then navigating a pair of playoff wins in recent days.
“This team was a blast to watch – never quit, never stopped believing,” Winders continued in her message on Friday. “A special group.”