TWINSBURG — It took more than a week and two rainouts, but the Hudson and Twinsburg baseball teams finally met Wednesday at Dodge Field with everything to play for in the Suburban League National Conference.

The game turned out to be worth the wait.

Scoring chances were at a premium for both teams, but Hudson was able to squeeze out a 2-1 win over the Tigers.

The conference title will be decided when Twinsburg (17-3, 11-2) plays host to Nordonia on Monday. If the Tigers win, they will take the conference title outright, but if Nordonia wins, Hudson (18-3, 11-3) and Twinsburg will share the conference title.

Hudson coach Buddy Dice said the Explorers did it their way, as two sacrifice bunts set up both Explorer runs.

“We were able to get a couple guys on base, get the sacrifice bunts down and got some timely hits,” Dice said. “We knew we needed to win it today, but our guys came in really loose. We didn’t really have anything to lose.”

Even though his team now has its first two-game losing streak of the season, Tigers coach Jeff Luca wasn’t panicking after the loss.

“It was a well-played game on both sides,” he said. “We’ve faced some good pitching the last few days. We hit the ball a lot today. They just made some good defensive plays.”

Both teams finished with five hits in the game, as both Hudson starter Parker Tallman and Twinsburg starter Tyler Horvath pitched well.

Tallman picked up the win (4-1) by allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Horvath took the loss (3-2) despite going the distance for Twinsburg. In seven innings, he allowed two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Twinsburg also played error-free ball.

After two scoreless innings, Hudson opened the scoring in the top of the third. Zach Palmer (double, single) started the inning with a sinking liner that got past a diving right fielder and ended up a double. Hudson went into “Buddyball” mode, as shortstop Blake Farley put down a sacrifice bunt to mover Palmer to third. Palmer then scored on a sacrifice fly from center fielder Ryan Mitcheltree, who flew out to deep left center.

Up 1-0 in the fifth inning, Hudson doubled its lead with more small ball. After a lead-off single by designated hitter Jack Seiple, Marcel Ulrich put down another sacrifice bunt and Palmer then came through with an RBI single. Horvath escaped further damage by getting pinch hitter Andrew Caspar to ground into an inning ending double play.

Twinsburg had base runners in every inning but the fifth, but didn’t break through until the sixth inning.

After Tyler Peltz walked and Dylan Jackson reached on an error, Justin Laley bunted but Hudson catcher Grant Gedeon threw out Peltz at third base. Dice decided to relieve Tallman with senior Bryce McClure. However, Tiger junior Nick Bonnizzio (3-for-3, double) greeted McClure with an RBI single up to score Jackson and make it 2-1.

Dice then called on closer Joe Whitman, who responded by getting the final five outs to pick up his school-record ninth save of the year. He struck out Tiger designated hitter Will Keefe and got Max Brazie to fly out to deep center to end the sixth inning.

In the seventh inning, Twinsburg got the tying run on base with a one-out single by right fielder AJ Zigman, but Whitman got Zach Carinci to pop out and Peltz to ground out to second base to end the game.