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Legion team adds three wins, one loss to season

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Legion team adds three wins, one loss to season
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The Hastings American Legion baseball team suffered a 1-0 loss to St. Paul Park July 6, but it was one of their best defensive games of the season, head coach Mark Bauer said.

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The defense was led by pitcher David Schoeberl.

"Dave Schoeberl pitched one of the best high school games I have ever seen," Bauer said. "Dave had all four of his pitches working, including his slider we've been working with him."

Schoeberl only gave up one run and struck out six.

On offense, the boys couldn't get the hit they needed, even though they had at least one base runner in each inning.

"The team just couldn't get the big hit," Bauer said.

Vs. Farmington

The boys played again July 9 against Farmington and added a 8-5 win to the season. Nick Bachmann pitched five inning and allowed only two runs. He struck out three batters and allowed only one walk. With the win, Bachmann is 3-0 for the season.

Austin Nelson had a big day on offense, reaching base all three of his at-bats with a double and a triple. He scored two runs and drove in three.

Tyler Rohr also got on base all three of his at-bats and scored three runs. Schoeberl went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and one double.

Vs. Red Wing

Hastings faced Red Wing Monday in a double-header. Hastings won the first game 12-7. Schoeberl pitched all seven innings. He gave up five earned runs but struck out seven batters.

Hastings had full control early in the game, scoring often and only allowing one run until the fourth inning. In the fifth, Red Wing nearly tied the game, but Hastings was able to hold them off long enough for Nick Huemoeller to step up to the plate. With the bases loaded, Huemoeller hit his first career grand slam and ended the scoring for both teams.

"I was so proud of Huemoeller because this home run showed how much extra work he has put in this year with his hitting," Bauer said.

Other highlights include Andrew Lindberg, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI and four runs scored, and Wes Hedlund, who reached base all four times he went to the plate with one RBI and one run scored.

In the second game, the Hastings team had to prove they could fight for a win.

"Game two might have been the best win of the year for the guys," Bauer said.

Red Wing jumped to a 5-1 lead after three innings, but Hastings "nickel and dimed" their way to a 6-5 victory, Bauer said.

Aaron Stoneberg took the win, pitching all seven innings. After giving up the first five runs, he settled down to pitch a final four scoreless innings.

"This game showed what a great fighter Aaron is on the mound for us," Bauer said.

On offense, Rohr went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Nelson went 4-for-4 on the day.

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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.
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