TWINSBURG — After the Twinsburg baseball team beat Hudson with a does of its own medicine in the two teams' first encounter, Hudson returned the favor April 24 at Dodge Field.
A home run by Hudson second baseman Spencer McClure in the second inning paved the way for a 6-0 win for the Explorers.
Hudson improved to 11-4, 6-3 in the Suburban League National Conference in the win, while Twinsburg dropped to 10-6, 6-4 in the National Conference.
Hudson jumped on the Tigers for four runs in the second inning.
With one on, McClure smashed a two-run home run over the left-field fence to make it 2-0. According to Explorers coach Buddy Dice, it was Hudson’s first home run since the 2015 season.
Hudson wasn’t done. After an infield single by Matt Oscarson and center fielder Nolan Laughlin getting hit by a pitch, shortstop Hayden Knox smacked a two-out, two-run double to the left-field line to make it 4-0.
That was all the run support Hudson pitcher Johnny Merrill (2-0) needed. Merrill went the distance, pitching a complete-game shutout, allowing five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Twinsburg’s best scoring chance came in the bottom of the the second inning, as the Tigers loaded the bases with one out. Merrill struck out two Tigers to end the the threat."
Hudson got another run in the third inning, as an RBI single from Oscarson scored McClure.
In the top of the seventh, McClure scored once again, this time on a sacrifice fly from Matt O’Connell.
Twinsburg pitcher Sean Williams (1-1) took the loss, going four innings and allowing five earned runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Ethan Bernard pitched a scoreless fifth inning, while Justin Laley gave up one run in two innings of work.
Twinsburg will travel to Nordonia April 24 at 4:30 p.m., while Hudson will travel to Wadsworth April 24 at 4:30 p.m.