MARLBOROUGH – A rivalry came to a head as the Marlborough Panthers and Hudson Hawks faced off on the baseball diamond on May 19.
The Hawks were victorious, beating Marlborough 2-0.
“It’s always great playing those guys, especially when it’s a close game,” said Marlborough Head Coach Jon Cruickshank. “It’s a nice rivalry. They do a great job. Our boys have been working very hard. We’re really proud of them. Disappointed we lost, but they played well.”
Hudson Head Coach Tim Reinhardt praised the pitching of Connor Madden, who allowed no hits going into the final inning.
“I thought in the first inning we did a really good job executing,” said Reinhardt. “We got guys on base.”
Hudson’s two runs came in the first inning when Mikey DiCarlo scored off a sacrificial fly by Max Person. Bobby Long then drove in Brendan O’Brien, leading to the second run.
“If Connor throws like that, we’re in good shape,” said Reinhardt.
Cruickshank said the game was “hard fought.”
“We just couldn’t get anything to find a hole. We were hitting the ball pretty hard. They played some nice, clean defense. Their pitcher pitched outstanding,” said Cruickshank. “[We] just gave up those two runs early. Kind of hit us in the tail a little bit.”
Reinhardt said while the Hawks have a good relationship with the Panthers, when they’re on the field, “we definitely want to get the best of them.”
“I know they’re probably already thinking about Memorial Day. So, we’ll expect that coming from them on that day,” said Reinhardt.
Following the win over Marlborough, the Hudson’s baseball team’s record for this season improved to 11-6.
“We always say pitching and defense is what wins you games this time, and then put the ball and play hard on the line and play hard on the ground, and good things are going to happen,” said Reinhardt.