Baseball: One-run losses continue to plague Raiders
At first glance, the Hastings baseball team's record of 4-12 on the season would lead one to believe it has been a long season for the Raiders.
But, consider this: Hastings has lost five games by one run. Had those games been just a little different, Hastings could be sitting at 9-7 instead of 4-12.
Two more one-run losses have come in the last week of play, with a 2-1 defeat to Roseville and a 5-4 setback against White Bear Lake.
"If we turn around a few of those games, it can change a season in a hurry," Hastings coach Paul Hartmann said. "We are playing much better baseball of late, and have had some tough luck along the way."
Hastings, though, improved its record against Section 1 opponents to 2-1 with a 5-3 win over Red Wing Saturday at the Athletic Field in Red Wing.
"It was nice to get the 'W' down in Red Wing," Hartmann said. "Devon LaCoursiere pitched a great ballgame and we played excellent defense behind him. It was a good sign that we were able to get out of a jam in the seventh (inning) when they had the tying run on with nobody out. It was nice to experience the atmosphere that is the Ath because our goal is to make it down there for the Section 1 final four."
The Hastings offensive punch was provided in part by Jake Ryan, who had three hits, an RBI and a run against the Wingers.
Hastings lost to Roseville May 6, 2-1.
David Vogelgesang pitched for Hastings and had a great day on the mound. Unfortunately for him and the Raiders, Hastings could plate just one run, coming on a solo home run by Tyler Rohr.
"David has had some real tough luck on the mound over the past two weeks and he deserves more than just one win," Hartmann said. "He has pitched against the top teams in the league and has continued to show improvement."
Vs White Bear
Hastings led 4-2 going into the seventh inning but lost the lead late and fell to White Bear Lake Friday, 5-4.
Hastings scored a run in the top of the second when Eric Harris singled in John Wahlstrom.
In the top of the sixth, Hastings scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Vogelgesang started the rally when he reached on an error by the shortstop. LaCoursiere singled and the bases were then loaded when Wahlstrom reached on an error.
Harris grounded out to score Vogelgesang. Rohr then came up and knocked in two with a single.
Vogelgesang had a great day pitching, but the same can be said for Woodbury's pitcher.
Hastings lost Monday to the Royals, 2-0.
Vogelgesang allowed just one earned run in seven innings, but Woodbury's Richard Klein shut out the Raiders.