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The Hastings Area Professional Network gave three awards to local heroes before the Hawks' game last Friday. Pete McGinnis, left, accepted the award for the Hastings Middle School staff and administration; Council Member Mike Slavik accepted an award for police officer Amber Wiech; and Bob Theesfeld accepted his own award.

Hawks honor local heroes

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The Hastings Hawks dedicated their May 21 game to a special group of people. They called it Hastings Heroes Night, and the Hastings Area Professional Network stepped in to honor a few locals for their acts of bravery and kindness.

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Three individuals accepted honors.

Bob Theesfeld is the president of Hastings Community Car Care. Theesfeld coordinates and works with those who need assistance with various car repairs. Volunteers do the labor, and parts are paid for by donations from community members and groups.

In her first year as an officer in the community, police officer Amber Wiech pulled a person from a burning apartment building and helped control a shootout. Council Member Mike Slavik accepted the award for Wiech.

Finally, HAPN honored the entire staff and administration at Hastings Middle School for keeping their students safe during the recent lock-down involving a student who had brought a gun into the building.

Kids at the game were able to have their picture taken with Harstse Hawk, and everyone who attended the game got hot dogs, chips and cookies.

After the awards were given, HAPN member Amie Kaiser from Tastefully Simple threw a ceremonial first pitch to start the game against the Lakeville Athletics.

Vs. Dundas

The Hastings Hawks lost 9-3 to the Dundas Dukes May 19.

The Hawks had a good start, scoring three runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Kraushaar hit a double just inside the fence at center field and sent Jordy Horsch, Barta and Ryan home.

The Dukes responded with an impenetrable defense. The Hawks could only advance one runner past second base after the first inning.

Pfeffer led off on the mound for the Hawks and kept Dundas from scoring until the top of the fourth. Dundas scored another run in the sixth and three in the seventh to take the lead, 5-3. Kaiser replaced Pfeffer in the eighth and gave up four more runs.

Vs. Lakeville

The Hawks edged out Lakeville 5-4 at Hastings Heroes Night.

Jordy Horsch scored the first run on a groundout by Sam Ryan. Lakeville pulled ahead in the third, scoring three runs, and added another in the sixth to lead Hastings 4-1.

The Hawks came back in the bottom of the sixth. Two walks and a single put Adam Barta, Ryan and Derrick Pfeffer on the bases, and a single by Tony Kaiser drove Barta and Ryan home. Another single from T. J. Galenti sent Pfeffer home to tie the game at 4-4.

In the top of the seventh, Pfeffer doubled and came home on a single by Steve Kraushaar to win the game.

Vs. River Falls

Hastings suffered a tough loss to the River Falls Fighting Fish May 22. The Hawks were unable to score until the fourth inning, when Ryan crossed home on a single by Pfeffer. David Goggin and Jordy Horsch scored in the fifth on a double by Pat Kelly.

Barta started pitching for Hastings. He faced eight batters in the fifth inning and allowed five runs on five hits and one error. River Falls scored again in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to defeat Hastings 8-3.

The Hawks next game is against the East Side Merchants at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Veterans Park in Hastings.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
(651) 319-4501
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