by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Stow -- The defense didn't do them any favors. And they had their chances to really make some noise.
Yes, the Lady Explorers may have let a win slip away May 13 on the road.
But that wasn't an issue for Hudson first-year head coach Don Sewell.
His team gave an area power all it could handle.
Hudson fell to 8-13 overall and 3-5 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division after losing an 8-6 decision to Stow-Munroe Falls May 13 on the road.
Seven of the Lady Bulldogs' runs were unearned and the Lady Explorers finished 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Nevertheless, Hudson made a lasting impression against the top team in the division.
"I was happy with the way the girls played," Sewell said. "We made some mistakes and you can't do that against a tough team like Stow. I thought both teams were aggressive."
Right-hander Sara Gedeon took the loss in the circle for the Lady Explorers. She pitched all six innings.
Stow (18-5, 8-0), which honored seniors Sara Schmidt, Jenni Heid and Erin Sadler, built a 5-1 lead after three innings.
"We're going to have to play better than this in the tournament," Lady Bulldogs head coach Doug Hawkins said. "It was Senior Day and it was good to get that out of the way. It is what it is."
Stow got its first run in the first on a throwing error.
Hudson tied the game in the top of the second on a ground out by leadoff batter Maddie Sullivan.
The Lady Bulldogs answered with three runs in the bottom of the second and one in the third.
Schmidt had a two-run single in the second and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Kayla Esterle made it 5-1 when she smacked a two-out, run-scoring double off the fence in left field in the third.
Hudson, which had trouble with Stow right-hander Sadie Jones' off-speed pitches early in the game, cut its deficit to 5-3 in the fifth.
"We made some good adjustments," Sewell said. "They stayed back and were confident in their approach. We were flat in the first three innings. We had a little talk and they got a little bit of a spark."
After singles by Sullivan and Sydney Coleman, Eden Janesch drove in a run on a ground out and Gedeon made it 5-3 when she smacked a single to center in the fifth.
The Lady Bulldogs added two more runs on a couple of errors in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Explorers cut it to 7-5 in the top of the sixth.
Hudson scored one of its runs on an error and also got a run-scoring single from Coleman.
Stow got a crucial insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Landy Slider made it 8-5 with a run-scoring single in the seventh.
The Lady Bulldogs appeared to be in business when they turned a double play in the seventh.
But Lexi Dorr followed with a single and Nikki Turner drove her home with a run-scoring double.
The Lady Explorers got no closer.
Jones got the final batter to hit a pop fly to end the game.
Stow had six hits and two errors. Hudson finished with 13 hits and six errors.
Turner, Emily Hookway and Erika Howard each had two hits for the Lady Explorers.
Hudson was scheduled to play Highland in a Division I sectional game May 16 in Medina. The Lady Explorers were set to host River Division rival Mayfield May 16. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to visit River Division foe Solon in their regular-season finale May 19 at 4:30 p.m.