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Hastings wins first-round game at state softball tournament, 16-1

Lori Bauer's teammates prepare to mob her at home plate after Bauer hit a home run.

The Hastings softball team had a dominating performance in the first round of the state softball tournament Thursday morning in North Mankato. Hastings, the No. 4-ranked team in the state, beat Bloomington Jefferson, 16-1. The Jaguars were ranked No. 5.

Hastings will play Hopkins in the state tournament semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Hastings had three home runs in the game, and a number of big hits. Treya Connell, Lori Bauer and Kaitlin Stark each had home runs.

Hastings played good defense behind Connell, who earned the win.

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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