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Raiders baseball still looking for first SEC win

Junior Hunter Hillstrom throws the ball back to first in a game against White Bear Lake.

Ten games into the season and the Hastings Raiders baseball team is having a difficult time finding an elusive first win in the Suburban East Conference. Three more losses put the Raiders in a 10-game losing streak after having won their season opener, a non-conference game against Farmington.

Vs. Stillwater

Stillwater shut out Hastings April 28, sending the Raiders home with their eighth loss of the season.

Hastings held Stillwater to three runs, all scored in the third inning, and lost 3-0.

Vs. Cretin-Derham Hall

The Raiders lost 3-8 to Cretin-Derham Hall April 30, even though they scored the first run in the bottom of the first. A trio of singles pushed Justin Knoll home.

After allowing five runs, pitcher Aaron Stoneberg relieved Nick Bachman in the top of the fifth.

The Raiders scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Knoll and Ryan Hackel both scored on a single by Wes Hedlund.

It was a close game until the seventh inning, when Cretin-Derham Hall scored four more runs.

Vs. White Bear Lake

Hastings' second time facing White Bear Lake was much like the first - the Raiders lost 12-1.

"They were better than we were," head coach Paul Hartmann said after the game.

Austin Nelson, David Schoeberl and Hedlund all collected hits. Tyler Rohr scored on a wild pitch.

The team needs to put the losses behind them so they can focus on their next games, Hartmann said.

"It's up to these guys now to bury tonight," Hartmann said.

The Raiders will face Park of Cottage Grove (5-7 overall) Friday, Mounds View (3-8) Monday, and Roseville (7-5) Wednesday.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. 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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