Baseball: No hitter!
David Vogelgesang sure knows how to snap a losing streak.
The Hastings High School senior threw a no-hitter against White Bear Lake Friday and the Raiders won, 11-2. The team had started 0-4 on the season.
"That was a big day for our kids," Hastings coach Paul Hartmann said. "David came out and pitched really well. We had a tough week. It just seemed like we took out all the frustration from our previous four games on White Bear Lake on Friday."
Vogelgesang got into some trouble in the first inning when he walked the first two batters and threw a wild pitch. A fielder's choice scored two runs, and the Raiders were behind right away.
But in the bottom of the first, catcher Jake Ryan came to the plate and smacked a two-out, two-run double to tie the score. Vogelgesang said that turned the game around.
"That gave us a lot of momentum," he said.
As the game wore on, the dugout got quieter and quieter. Nobody mentioned the no-hitter to Vogelgesang.
"Nobody really said anything to me," he said. "I knew it was a little quiet when I went out there in the seventh inning."
Vogelgesang struck out the final batter. His teammates mobbed him, and the Raiders finally had their first win.
When he was a sophomore, Vogelgesang threw a one-hitter for the Raiders.
"I was a little nervous going into the seventh inning," he said. "Just to get that last out felt really good."
He said his teammates made the feat possible.
"We played great team defense," he said. "There were a lot of unbelievable plays. Diving plays. Good picks at first. Everything.
Hartmann echoed those sentiments.
"Our guys played really good defense behind him," he said. "The plays we made were not routine plays. We made some really outstanding plays defensively."
Hastings had a good day at the plate, too, with 15 hits. Ryan finished with four hits and three RBI. Vogelgesang had two doubles and three RBI. Pat Guelle had two hits and three RBI, and Eric Harris finished with two hits.
Hastings beat Woodbury on Monday in cold and windy conditions, 10-5.
"That wasn't a perfect day to play, but I really think our guys showed a lot of heart," Hartmann said. "Woodbury made a couple mistakes, and we were able to capitalize on those."
Hastings had another good day at the plate with 13 hits. Justin Knoll had three hits, as did John Wahlstrom and Vogelgesang.
Wahlstrom had a triple and three RBI.
Guelle had two hits.
Devon LaCoursiere pitched a gem for Hastings. He threw all seven innings, allowing just one earned run. He struck out two and walked just one.
"Devon really kept them off balance," Hartmann said.
"When you are swinging the bats like we are, and playing defense like we are, it's a lot of fun to be at the park," Hartmann said.
Hastings lost to Roseville on April 15, 6-2.
The Raiders have a 2-4 record on the season.