Hastings goes 2-1 in three games last week
Rounding third and heading for home, the Hastings Hawks are playing just well enough to make things interesting in the Classic Cannon Valley League.
Heading into the final three weeks of the season, the Hawks split a pair of league games on the road over the weekend after beating Elko in a non-league game at home on Wednesday. The Hawks fell to the Cannon Falls Bears 11-5 on Friday, June 29, in Cannon Falls, but rebounded with a 5-4 win over the Red Wing Aces on Sunday, July 1, in Red Wing.
The Hawks improved to 13-11 overall after the 2-1 week and are now 5-3 and in third place in the CCVL. The Miesville Mudhens (6-2; 6-1 CCVL) lead the league, followed by Cannon Falls (12-11; 5-3 CCVL).
In the most recent win at Red Wing, the Hawks were down 4-0 headed into the eighth inning, but scored two runs in the top of the eighth, three runs in the top of the ninth and held on for the come-from-behind win over the Aces (5-7; 4-6 CCVL).
Tyler Rohr led the way for Hastings from the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Starting pitcher Adam Barta got the gutty win in the game, going eight innings, allowing 12 hits and four earned runs while striking out six. Mark Moriarty closed the door on Red Wing, not allowing a baserunner and striking out two in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
In the non-league win over Elko, Hastings scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Express 6-5 in extra innings. After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the sixth, Hastings scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, then scored two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eight to pull ahead 5-3. However, Elko (4-4; 2-1 DRS league) put two runs on the board in the ninth to tie the game 5-5, then held Hastings off the board in the bottom of the ninth to force the 10th and deciding inning.
Deryk Marks pitched the final two frames, striking out four, to earn the win on the mound. Marks helped himself out, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI at the plate. Starting pitcher Mark Landgrebe threw five innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, while striking out two in the no decision.
In the loss to Cannon Falls, the Bears struck early and never let up, scoring runs in six of the eight innings they stepped up to the plate. Cannon Falls (5-3) scored three runs in the first, a run in each the second, third and fourth innings to go ahead 6-1. After Hastings notched two runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 6-3, the Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to blow things open. No. 2-hitter Taylor Beattie, third-hitter Aaron Stoneberg and eighth-hitter Wes Hedlund each had two hits in the game. Stoneberg and Hedlund also each notched RBIs as did Jake Swartout and Steve Kraushaar scored two runs. Beau Jernberg took the loss on the mound.
Hastings played host to Northfield on Monday, after the Gazette went to press. Next, Hastings welcomes Highland Park to town on Thursday, July 5, before bringing in rival Miesville on Friday, July 6, for an important league contest.