They may have finished third in district with an average 5-6 record, but the Hudson Hornet baseball team has found a way to turn it around to make it three-rounds deep into the playoff run. Besides Jasper, Hudson is the only squad from their district still in it to win it.
Hudson now finds themselves in the regional quarterfinals, but the season it took to get there wasn't always a smooth ride.
The team said they finally got some momentum behind their swings, explaining the turnaround was a result of stringing more hits together.
In their playoff series, Hudson said they've faced teams that they're familiar which has also helped them out.
“Honestly, we just had to keep our confidence up because we know we're a good team. We got probably one of the best pitching staffs this year out of all teams in the state, we got the number one defense staff and we got a good catcher. Staying confident helped a lot,” said pitcher Clayton Hill.
“I think one of the things is that all through district we've had close games. There have been no blow outs by any team and I think that's helped us a lot because the teams we're facing have been blowing teams out because they can play We when it comes down to it, under pressure I think we hold together well. We've also been stringing bats together. It's helped us out a lot,” said shortstop J.T. Penick.
Hudson is paired against Robinson in the regional quarterfinals. They'll play all their games at Madisonville high school. Game 1 is Friday at 4:30 p.m. Game 2 will follow right after. If needed, Game 3 is Saturday at 1 p.m.
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