Hastings baseball opens season with win over Farmington
Even though it was the first time many of them had played a varsity game, the Hastings Raiders boys baseball team found a way to a win in their first game of the season last Thursday against the Farmington Tigers.
"It was a good first win," head coach Paul Hartmann said.
Hastings made small offensive plays to score most of their eight runs and a strong defense held the Tigers to just one.
"We made some stellar defensive plays," Hartmann said.
That combined with a steady offense was just the ticket.
"If there's a formula to follow, that's it," Hartmann said.
Junior David Schoeberl "pitched outstanding" the first five innings, Hartmann said. New to the team this year, Schoeberl could well be the Raiders' top pitcher.
Schoeberl allowed only one run and three hits.
Sophomore Aaron Stoneberg took the mound in the sixth and pitched through the seventh, allowing no hits and no runs.
While inexperienced for the most part, there are eight pitchers on the team Hartmann and his coaching staff are comfortable seeing on the mound. Hartmann said they've performed well enough in practice that it has been difficult to pick out the top few.
The Raiders scored two runs in the first inning and a third in the second, but it was four runs in the fourth that sealed the deal.
After two quick outs, the Tigers walked seniors Tyler Rohr and Schoeberl and junior Tony Hammes to fill the bases. A double by junior Wes Hedlund scored Rohr and Schoeberl, and junior Nick Bachmann's single sent Hammes and Hedlund over home plate to put the Raiders ahead 8-1.
"Bachmann blew it open," Hartmann said.
This is Bachmann's first year on the team, and he is a player who "does a lot of the little things well," Hartmann said.
The Tigers scored their only run in the second inning after a triple put one runner on third and a ground ball between second and third sent him home.
The Farmington game came early in the season, after the Raiders had just a week and a half of practice. Good weather has allowed the team to get more time on their home field, but it's also helped the team work hard early on.
"More than anything, it's brought energy to practice," Hartmann said.
The Raiders don't play a conference game until Monday, a week and a half after the Farmington game. Now that they've got one win under their belts, the next challenge is to keep the momentum going during the time away from conference play.
"It's going to be up to these guys to keep working real hard," Hartmann said.