Hudson collects rain-shortened win over Nashua

NASHUA – Mother Nature turned into Nashua Post 124’s saving grace Monday night.

Nashua’s American Legion baseball game against Hudson Post 48 ended in a 6-2 loss at Holman Stadium after lightning and anticipated thunderstorms halted play in the bottom of the fifth inning.

It was ruled an official game because Post 124, playing as the visitor, already had its at-bat in the fifth.

Not many things were going Nashua’s way. It had already gone through two pitchers battling control problems and was struggling to score off Hudson starter Ryan Glendye.

The weather ended things before they could get out of hand, and may have saved Post 124 some more arms.

The first sight of lightning came with one out in the bottom of the fifth, leading to a mandatory 30-minute delay. But after the sound of thunder came and it started to pour, players and spectators immediately left as the umpires signaled the end of the game.

Nashua may have felt differently about the ending had the game continued the way it had after the first two innings.

Starter Jason Ferlan had cruised through the first two innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum six Hudson Post 48 batters entering the third inning with his team leading 1-0.

The success ended there.

Ferlan was a shell of himself in the third inning, giving up five hits, two walks and a hit batter as Hudson exploded for five runs in the frame.

Ferlan allowed the bottom of the Post 48 order to reach to load the bases with no outs, then walked Kellin Bail to score the tying run.

Connor Whittemore broke it open with a two-run single that bounced just inside the left field foul line to score Jackson Musco and Dan Brown. Dakota Williams drove in Luis Matrille two batters later with a single to right center, and Musco scored Bail with his second single of the inning to put Hudson up 5-1.

Ferlan was back out for the fourth, but was pulled after a pair of walks to lead off the inning. Matrille scored on a passed ball to make it 6-1 Post 48. Ferlan was tagged with the run, finishing with six earned on six hits and four walks in three-plus innings.

Glendye, on the other hand, was strong for Hudson. The right-hander gave up two runs, five hits and two walks over five innings for the win.

Zach Smith scored Jeff Lunn from third with a sacrifice bunt to give Nashua a 1-0 lead in the second.

Post 124 scored again in the fifth when Glendye plunked Lunn with the bases loaded.