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Monday’s baseball game between Hastings and Park didn’t start real well for the Raiders. What matters most, though, was how the game ended. In that regard, it was a great day for the blue and gold.


Hastings won, 12-11.

Park got off to a great start, scoring four runs in the first inning.

“We did a good job of not letting that get to us and put up four of our own in the bottom half of the first,” coach Taylor Pagel said. “But then Park continued their hot bats into inning two and scored five. We answered with only one, but the dugout was still alive. It was our senior night and we had a good crowd. The boys stuck together and kept stringing together some runs to stay in the game.”

Hastings scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

Austin LaDoux drew a walk to score Joey Werner that won the game for the Raiders.

“Mitch Donahoe started the game and had his first fault on the mound,” Pagel said. “It was the first time a team had got to Mitch. He has done a great job this year and we know he will bounce back right away again and do just fine in his next start. He is competitive and wants the ball back in his hand again.  Pat Rough came in relief and threw well. This has been a new spot for Pat, the relief role and he has done a great job with it. Joey Werner finished the game in the seventh letting up no runs and actually got the win as we came back in the seventh to win. That is his first varsity win.”

Austin LaDoux was 3-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs.  Jake Dale was 2-4 with an RBI.  Mikey Junker, Isaiah Gardell, Devon Reissner, Patrick Rough and Joey Werner each had a hit. Isaiah Gardell had three RBIs and Joey Werner had an RBI.

“This was that game we had been waiting for,” Pagel said. “We were in that same situation where we needed to finish a game strong to get a win and we did.”

Vs Roseville

Hastings played a doubleheader here on Wednesday against Roseville, and the home team came out on the wrong side of two one-run losses.

Roseville won the first game, 5-4.

“Roseville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, we answered with a couple of runs but then allowed two more runs later in the game,” Pagel said. “Hastings answered in the last inning by getting two more runs to make it a one run game but we came up just short. It was good to see them fight back again but at some point they are going to have to learn to finish that game and get a win.”

Mitch Donahoe threw the entire game, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned. 

Mitch threw very well once again, but our defense did not help him out in this game as we had a few errors,” Pagel said.

Austin Ladoux was 2-3 hitting.  Mikey Junker, Isaiah Gardell, Jake Dale, Logan Gove, Mitch Donahoe and Devon Reissner each had one hit.  Isaiah Gardell had an RBI.

 In the second game, Roseville won, 1-0. Hastings was held to just two hits.

“Isaiah Gardell started on the mound and threw the entire game,” Pagel said. “He threw great for us but we couldn’t scratch together any hits to help him out.”

 Austin Ladoux had our only two hits of the game. He was 2-2.


Vs Woodbury

Hastings lost to Woodbury on Friday, 20-0.

“We were missing a few guys for this game and didn’t have that team chemistry in the dugout we usually have,” Pagel said. “We had some guys in the starting lineup that hadn’t been there before and seemed nervous. It was one of those days where everything went wrong for us. If our pitchers left the ball up it got hit hard. If our pitchers threw a good pitch they would bloop a single in. Woodbury did everything right on the day and we couldn’t answer.”

Thomas Roob started on the mound.  Andrew Wester came in relief for his second performance on the year. Logan Gove then came in and fared well, giving up just one run. Joey Werner earned his first varsity appearance on the mound, pitching a scoreless final inning.

Austin LaDoux and Jake Dale were 2-2 and Mikey Junker had one hit.

“It was a good learning experience for the guys,” Pagel said. “We had some new guys in the lineup that got to see some time and did well.  In those lopsided losses we ask our guys to take something from those games and learn from those things and to get better.”

Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the 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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