Mustangs edge Raiders, 1-0
A 1-0, eight-inning loss to Mounds View on Wednesday, May 5, snapped the Hastings girls softball team's five-game winning streak.
The loss was another close, extra-inning affair for the Raiders.
Hastings has a 10-3 record on the season. The three losses have been by a combined total of four runs, and two were extra-inning games.
"We're so close," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. We're an error away, and a big hit away, from being undefeated. It's nothing we're really panicking over. We're just trying to get our hitting going, and trying to get everybody on the same page so we can start peaking at the right time. We definitely want to be peaking at the end of the year."
In the loss against the Mustangs, the two teams played through seven scoreless innings. In the top of the extra frame, Mounds View scored on an error.
Treya Connell pitched eight innings without allowing an earned run and took the loss. She had five strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Hastings got doubles from Jordan Schaffer and Lisa Kranz, but it wasn't enough.
"It just seemed like their pitcher just kept us off balance," Robinson said. "We had a few hits, but we couldn't get them consecutively to score a run. The crucial hit that we needed, we just didn't get.
"We need to adjust to pitchers a little bit quicker than we have been. It seems like the slower pitchers are the ones we are struggling with. We're used to the speed of our pitchers. We have to be more patient and let the ball get deeper before starting our swing. We'll keep working on that in practice."
This weekend Hastings will play in the competitive Benilde-St. Margaret's tournament. Hastings will play at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
In the opening round the Raiders will face Visitation. Two of the other top teams in the field are Rosemount and Prior Lake.
Hastings beat Roseville May 6, 3-2.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning. Roseville scored once in the fifth, and then added a run in the top of the sixth to go up 2-0.
Hastings countered, though, in the bottom of the sixth. Hailey Lundquist singled, Brit Robinson singled and Jordan Schaffer doubled to knock in two and tie the score.
Jenelle Trautmann came up and knocked in the winning run with a single.
Trautmann pitched for Hastings and had four strikeouts.