Baseball: Rockets bounce Raiders
The section baseball tournament got off to a great start for the Hastings baseball team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the tournament didn't end as well as it started.
Hastings beat Red Wing in the opening game, 7-1, on Saturday.
That win moved Hastings into the second round against Rochester John Marshall, and later Saturday, the Raiders fell to JM, 12-3.
The two teams faced one another again Monday in the double-elimination tournament, and JM won again, 4-0, to end Hastings' season. The Raiders finished the year with a 6-17 record.
"I think our guys showed improvement throughout the season and are poised to have a strong summer in Legion ball," coach Paul Hartmann said. "The Suburban East was as tough as I've seen it, and we played a lot of close games in the league. Obviously, we would have preferred to have won more games, but I think our seniors can leave our program with some good memories of competing in baseball for the Hastings community."
Vs Red Wing
In the 7-1 win over Red Wing, HHS senior David Vogelgesang had a strong performance on the mound for the Raiders. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter over seven innings.
"We received a strong pitching performance from David and our kids played excellent defense behind him," Hartmann said. "Pat Guelle, Ryan Hackel and Anthony Hammes all made sizzling plays. Red Wing made some mistakes and our guys took advantage. We came out with great energy and really jumped on them in the first two innings. This was a solid game for us, as we did not walk a batter and our errors did not hurt us."
Vogelgesang had three hits and two RBIs at the plate. Justin Knoll and John Wahlstrom each had two hits as well.
The Rochester John Marshall Rockets were the sub-section's No. 1-seeded team, and Hastings fans found out why Saturday and Monday. JM lost its second game of the year and hasn't lost since. They carry a 22-1 record into the Section 1AAA finals this week in Red Wing.
Saturday, the Rockets got to the Hastings pitching early and put the Raiders away.
"Give JM a lot of credit; they came out swinging in the first two innings," Hartmann said. "We left some pitches up and they hit us hard. To our guy's credit, we battled back and played them even over the last five innings. We had some chances in the middle innings to get back in the game, but were unable to take advantage of them. They are a very good club and capitalized on our mistakes."
Hackel had two hits for Hastings. Jake Ryan had two hits and an RBI.
In the second game, the Hastings bats had trouble.
"Their pitcher was around the plate the entire game and we couldn't get the bats going," Hartmann said. "They took advantage of a couple early mistakes on our part. We ran ourselves out of an inning in the middle of the game and could not recover. Our kids played hard, we just didn't execute. JM has won 21 in a row for a reason - they throw a lot of strikes, don't beat themselves, and are tough up and down their lineup."
Hackel and Tyler Rohr had hits for Hastings.
Hastings beat Northfield, 6-5, to end its regular season May 19.
"Our kids showed great resilience in our final regular season game," Hartmann said. "We came from behind on two different occasions and finished 3-1 in our section during the regular season. It was a nice win for our seniors on their last game at Grossman Field."
Ryan Hackel was the winning pitcher. He had two hits, a home run and two RBI on the day.
Guelle had three hits and two runs.
Knoll had two hits, including a double. Vogelgesang had two hits and two RBI.