HUDSON — It had been eight days since the Hudson softball team played its last game.
The Lady Explorers finally got back on the field Tuesday.
Unfortunately, they probably wish their hibernation would have lasted a little longer.
Host Hudson fell to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing a lopsided 17-1 decision to Wadsworth.
The Lady Grizzlies scored in every inning but one, including seven in the top of the seventh. They finished with 18 hits and one error.
The Lady Explorers, who scored their only run in the fifth, had six hits and six errors.
"Wadsworth has always had great female athletes," second-year Hudson head coach Jeff Kurtz said. "We ran into a buzzsaw. They didn’t stop the whole game and we didn’t respond."
When Wadsworth’s batters made contact, the ball was usually hit extremely hard and out of reach of Hudson’s fielders.
And to make matters worse, even when the Lady Grizzlies (2-0, 2-0) hits balls within the Lady Explorers’ reach, they were misplayed or booted.
"Last year, we made a lot of errors early in the year," Kurtz said. "We have to cut down our amount of errors. Against a great team like Wadsworth, every mistake is going to be magnified."
It didn’t take long for Wadsworth’s hitters to tee off.
The Lady Grizzlies scored three times in the second and two runs apiece in the third, fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to take a 9-0 lead.
Wadsworth got a run-scoring triple from junior shortstop Jenna Skinner, who eventually scored on a wild pitch, and a solo home run from junior center fielder Cassidy McDougal in the second.
Senior second baseman Kailin Hurrle added a solo homer in the third as the Lady Grizzlies seemed to crush every pitch sophomore left-hander Olivia Stefanoni threw.
Despite the Lady Grizzlies’ constant onslaught, Stefanoni gutted it out for all seven innings and threw nearly 120 pitches.
"We warmed up all three of our pitchers," Kurtz said. "We have nine games in the next eight days. We told them they are all going to throw a lot of innings.
"I was very proud and pleased of the way Olivia competed. She kept her composure considering the situation. I was proud of the way she hung in there under tough conditions."
Hurrle ended up reaching base four times and was a double away from the cycle. She also scored two runs.
McDougal reached base four times and was a triple away from the cycle. She drove in three runs and scored twice.
Junior Maddi Long reached base four times and finished with a single, two doubles, three runs batted in and two runs scored for the Lady Grizzlies.
Junior left fielder Rynn Rench also got on base four times for Wadsworth.
As for Hudson, it had a difficult time solving senior right-hander Sarah Keating, who struck out eight batters and walked just one in seven innings of work.
Stefanoni scored the Lady Explorers’ only run. She reached base three times and had two hits, including a double.
Sophomore second baseman Sadie Mrakuzic drove in Hudson’s only run with a run-scoring single. Senior first baseman Mariah Duncan had a double for the Lady Explorers, who had just one hit in nine at bats with runners on base.
"We have to make up our minds and decide to play better softball," Kurtz said.