Mustangs and Rangers beat Raider baseball team
Two more Suburban East Conference losses have left the Hastings Raiders on the wrong side of a 3-10 record.
“We are in a hitting slump right now,” coach Taylor Pagel said. “We get guys on and in scoring position, but can’t find that big hit to bring in some runs and get us rolling. We hit the ball hard all game, but just right at guys.
“We are in a slump, but it is better to hit that slump in the middle of the season rather than at the end of the season. The boys are working hard and things will start to pay off for them soon enough.
“The baseball will start to fall in our direction. It just takes that one big hit in that big situation to get our bats rolling again and get us out of this slump.”
Hastings lost to Mounds View on Saturday, 4-0. The Mustangs threw their ace lefty, Sam Hentges.
“He threw a lot of fastballs and we couldn’t catch up to it,” Pagel said. “Hentges tired late in the game and we were able to load up the bases with less than two outs, but we were not able to convert and ended up not scoring. This has been our story as of late, not scoring runs when we have the chance to.”
Isaiah Gardell pitched for Hastings.
“He threw a great game,” Pagel said. “He got in some sticky situations but was able to dig himself out. That’s what we are looking for in our pitchers — if you are in a tight spot, you should want the ball. You should want to be the one in control, knowing you are going to get your team out of that sticky situation. That’s exactly what he did.”
He threw four innings, allowing four earned runs.
Pat Rough came on in relief and threw two scoreless innings.
Devon Reissner, Sam Skoyen and Joey Werner had the three Hastings hits on the day.
Vs Forest Lake
Hastings lost to Forest Lake on Monday, 2-0.
Thomas Roob started on the mound for Hastings, his first start of the year.
“He has been our solid relief guy this year and has earned the opportunity to start a game,” Pagel said. “He threw all seven innings only giving up two runs, both earned. He kept his pitch count down and threw very well. We just couldn’t produce any offense for him.”
Austin LaDoux and Isaiah Gardell each had two hits. Mike Junker, Sam Skoyen and Joey Werner each had one hit a piece.