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Raiders beat Bears in season's only softball game thus far

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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

So far this season, the Hastings softball team was supposed to have played about nine games.

That number, as of today, is one.

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Just one game has been played by the Raiders, an almost miraculous feat considering the extended winter the area has been forced to endure.

The good news for Hastings was that the game ended in a win. The Raiders beat White Bear Lake, 7-6.

"It was a good game," coach Dean Robinson said. "You could definitely tell there were some jitters in the beginnings. We were a little nervous, and that's how they scored their first three runs. We settled in, played better defense and played Raider ball."

Robinson and team members had tried clearing snow from the field in previous weeks. Due to that work and the decent weather in the few days preceding the game, the field was in good enough shape to play. By the end of the game, the infield was rather soggy and slow, but coaches and teams on both sides were just happy to get a game in. White Bear Lake's field was still covered in snow, Robinson said.

"They were happy to come down and get a game in," he said. "We were just happy to be outside and to get a game under our belts."

This week marked the sixth week that the Raiders have been forced to practice inside.

The team has 18 games on its regular season schedule, and so far nearly half of them have been postponed. This poor weather has prompted some drastic measures in the Suburban East Conference. Teams will be forced to play doubleheaders to make up league games.

To lighten the mood a bit, Robinson and team members played a fun game of kittenball outside in the snow on Thursday.

"We're hoping to get back on the field on Monday," Robinson said. "That's our best chance, if the weather does what they are expecting it to do."

The action

Hastings fell behind in the first inning, as the Bears scored three runs. In the fifth inning, though, Hastings scored four runs to take the lead.

In that inning, Courtney VanDeVelde got a hit, Alyssa Robinson walked, Michaela Mills singled, Rachel Thomas singled and Shelby Wassink singled.

The Raiders added three more runs in the sixth inning in a rally started by Alex Mohrhauser. She walked and then VanDeVelde reached on an error. Robinson singled to score a run, Mills hit a sacrifice fly to score another and then Thomas doubled in another run.

In the top of the seventh inning, White Bear Lake scored three runs, but their rally was stopped on a strikeout by Hastings pitcher Mikayla Minnaert.

Minnaert struck out six Bears on the day. She is a junior.

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