Raiders keep riding hot streak
The Hastings softball team, after a slow start, has won four of its last five games, including a 6-3 win over East Ridge on Monday.
Hastings trailed 3-2 after the Raptors scored three runs in the fourth inning. The Raiders tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth and then, in the sixth, Hastings added three runs to pull away and win.
"It was definitely a nice come-from-behind win," coach Dean Robinson said. "That's one thing about this team. They never give up. They keep plucking away and keep trying to pull it out."
In the third inning, Hastings got on the scoreboard after a single by Shelby Wassink and a triple by Michaela Mills. Mills then scored on a hit by Hailey Lundquist.
In the fifth, Hastings tied the game after a Wassink single and, later, an RBI single by Rachel Thomas.
In the sixth, the rally was started on a walk by Jami McTague and a single by Paige Ahrens. Kaylynn Johnson singled, Wassink got hit by a pitch and Mills singled. Kaitlin Stark reached on an error that rounded out the scoring.
All told, Hastings picked up three runs in the inning and that was more than enough for sophomore pitcher Courtney Van De Velde, who earned the win.
Hastings lost to Woodbury on Thursday, 9-8.
The Royals took an early lead, scoring three runs to jump out on top. Hastings countered with four runs in the fourth inning, including two on a triple by Van De Velde.
In the top of the seventh, Hastings added to the lead.
Wassink doubled, Mills walked, Lundquist singled and Stark had a fielder's choice that scored two runs.
Hastings had a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
With the bases loaded, though, the Royals top hitter hit a grand slam to tie the game.
In the top of the eighth, Hastings scored one run to go back on top, 8-7. Ahrens got a hit and later scored on an RBI single by Mills.
In the bottom of the eighth, though, Woodbury added two more runs and won.
"It was one of those games," Robinson said. "We were battling back and forth. They had one pretty big stick on the team, and she just hit the ball hard against us. That's one of the things we're trying to avoid - letting their big bats get those hits against us. That's what has been getting to us - they're having one or two batters getting big hits. We have to try to work around them a little more."
Hastings beat White Bear Lake on April 25, 3-2.
Hastings trailed, 2-0, going into the seventh. The Raiders rallied for two runs to tie the game and in extra innings, Hastings added a run to win.
In the seventh, Ahrens singled and Wassink delivered an RBI double.
Lundquist hit an RBI single to send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Thomas singled. With two outs, Johnson knocked in the game-winning run.