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Hastings softball team wins season’s first three games

The Hastings High School softball season is off to a great start. The Raiders are unbeaten in their first three games of the year.

The season began with a 5-0 win over White Bear Lake on Wednesday, April 9. The Raiders didn’t commit a single error in the game.

“Our defense was very solid,” assistant coach Ken Lundquist said. “We played flawless softball. There were no mental mistakes and no physical errors. That had a lot to do with us winning 5-0.”

Meagan Friederichs was the starting pitcher and she earned the win. Friederichs pitched six innings and allowed two hits.

Hastings scored three runs in the third inning. Friederichs delivered the big hit, a two-out double that scored two runners – Alyssa Robinson and Michaela Mills. Shelby Wassink then had a single that scored Friederichs.

In the seventh inning, Mills scored two runners (Alex Mohrhauser and Brooke Weber) with a big hit.

Fifteen players got into the lineup for the Raiders.

“We have a lot of depth this year,” Lundquist said. “We have a lot of girls who can step in and play.”

Vs Cretin

Hastings beat Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday, April 11, 7-4.

Mikayla Minnaert threw five innings and allowed just one earned run. Paige Ahrens pitched one inning and Friederichs threw the seventh.

Hastings hit four home runs in the game.

In the first inning, with two outs, Friederichs hit a solo home run. Wassink then followed that up with a solo homer of her own.

In the fourth inning, Robinson led off with a home run. Paige Ahrens walked, and then Alex Mohrhauser hit a two-run homer.

Later, Autumn Kusske-Anderson walked. Mills reached on an error and both advanced on a double steal. Rachel Thomas then hit a single to score two.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings beat East Ridge on Tuesday, 4-1, to advance to 3-0 on the season.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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