HHS softball beats Mounds View, Stillwater and Roseville
A story in this newspaper last week left out a very important word: not. As in, Hastings softball head coach Dean Robinson was not panicking regarding his team's slow start. He knew his team would get things figured out.
Apparently, he was right.
Hastings has won three of its last four games and is now 3-6 on the season.
One of those wins came over Mounds View, which has a 7-2 record in Suburban East Conference play.
Heading into the game, Mounds View was apparently so confident about beating Hastings that the Mustangs started their No. 2 pitcher against the Raiders. Hastings knocked her out of the game, then kept the bats going against the Mustangs top pitcher en route to a 6-5 win.
"They were overlooking us," coach Dean Robinson said. "That was a very nice win, especially at their field."
Hastings trailed 5-4 going into the top of the seventh inning. In the seventh, the rally started on a single by Michaela Mills. Haley Lundquist singled and then Rachel Thomas doubled to score two runs.
Hastings held on in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Courtney Van De Velde was the winning pitcher for Hastings. She and Thomas, the catcher, have improved as a duo, Robinson said.
"Courtney has really stepped up, especially in the last two games," he said. "She's hitting her spots and keeping the ball down. Rachel is doing a great job of calling pitches and mixing it up really well. They've done a great job adjusting to some things we've wanted them to do differently."
Earlier in the game, big hits were turned in by Lundquist, who had two RBI doubles that scored Mills, and by Jami McTague, who had a two-run single.
"We're definitely getting momentum," Robinson said. "We're playing a lot stronger defensively, more like how Hastings Raiders play defense. We need to get our bats cranking, and we'll be right where we need to be."
Hastings beat Stillwater on Monday, 2-1.
Hastings led 2-0 going into the seventh inning, when Stillwater came to the plate.
A Ponies batter reached on a single, and the next batter came up and hit one to the outfield gap. Lundquist chased down the ball and fired it to Shelby Wassink, who threw it to Thomas at home. She tagged out the runner, keeping the game scoreless.
The batter ended up on third, and she eventually scored, but Hastings got out of the inning and won.
Hastings got its runs on an RBI single by Lundquist and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Kaitlin Stark.
Hastings beat Roseville, 4-1, on April 21.
On Thursday, April 19, Hastings lost to Park in a wild game, 14-13.
The weather was cold and rainy, and pitchers were losing their feel for the ball both because of the cold and because the ball and their hands were wet.
Hastings pitchers walked 16 batters in the game, and Park's pitcher walked seven.
Hastings trailed 14-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and rallied for six runs. Hastings had the tying run on third, but couldn't get her across to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
Stark had four hits, including two singles, a double and a triple that scored three runs.
On Tuesday, April 17, Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall, 5-3.