Raiders picking up steam on the diamond
In his first start on the mound for the Hastings boys baseball team, Mitch Donahoe certainly made a strong impression.
The HHS senior threw a complete game shutout, they key in a 2-0 win over Forest Lake.
Donahoe allowed six hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a single batter.
“Mitch was the story of the day,” coach Taylor Pagel said. “We will need Mitch to step up on the mound this year and be a leader, which he has proven he can do.”
Hastings had just six hits on the day, too, but got them when they needed them. Isaiah Gardell had two hits and one RBI. Jake Dale had one hit and one RBI.
Also collecting hits were Sam Skoyen, Austin LaDoux and Cody Marek.
Vs Mounds View
Hastings beat Mounds View on Tuesday night, 15-7 in a wild game.
Coming into the bottom of the second inning, Hastings trailed 3-0. The Raiders, though, exploded for eight runs to take an 8-3 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Mounds View made it interesting with three runs to cut the lead to 8-6.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hastings added one run, and then, in the bottom of the sixth, Hastings put another big number on the board, scoring six runs.
Patrick Rough got the win for Hastings on the mound, throwing 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five earned runs (six in all) and struck out two while walking five. He was relieved by Thomas Roob, who picked up the save. He threw 2 1/3 innings and gave up one run. He struck out four.
At the plate, seemingly everyone excelled.
Mike Junker had three hits, two runs and one RBI.
Jake Dale had one hit, one run and two RBI.
Austin LaDoux had three hits, one run and one RBI.
Isaiah Gardell had one hit, two runs and two RBI.
Patrick Rough had two runs.
Mitch Donahoe had one hit and two RBI.
Cody Marek had two hits, two runs and two RBI.
Joey Werner had a run.
Thomas Roob had three hits, two runs and five RBI.
Tucker Tilleraas and Logan Gove each scored runs.
Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on Wednesday, April 9, 4-0.
Isaiah Gardell was the starting pitcher for Hastings. He allowed four runs (three of which were earned) in four innings. He was relieved by Logan Gove, who threw the final three innings.
“We had great pitching from Isaiah and Logan, but we could not string together the hits at the right time to score any runs,” Pagel said.
Five players each had one hit – Sam Skoyen, Tyler Sylvester, Mitch Donahoe, Jake Dale and Pat Rough.
Hastings lost to Farmington on Thursday, April 10, 7-1.
“We beat ourselves in this game,” Pagel said. “We were not mentally prepared. We scored in the top of the first and everything went downhill from there.”
The game went from bad to worse when Sylvester got hurt.
“We lost Tyler for the season when he broke his foot sliding into second base,” Pagel said. “This will hurt us and we will need guys to step up and fill Tyler’s spot.”
Skoyen was the starting pitcher. He gave up six earned runs. Thomas Roob came in relief and gave up one earned run.
After Hastings took that 1-0 lead, Farmington came back with three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good. They added a single run in the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth to pull away.
The Tigers had 12 hits.
Five players had hits for Hastings. They were Mike Junker, Skoyen, Austin LaDoux, Donahoe and Sylvester.
“I think the boys figured out that they can’t just show up and play and expect to win,” Pagel said. “They need to show up mentally prepared with a good attitude and want to be there for each other, even if they are not a starter that day.”
Vs East Ridge
Hastings lost to East Ridge in the season opener last Tuesday, 4-3.
Junker had two hits, as did LaDoux.
Gardell had a double and two RBI.
Jack Dale had one hit and one RBI.
Pat Rough was the starting pitcher. He threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs.
Roob came on in relief and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
In last week’s spring sports preview section, the name of a senior was inadvertently left out of the story.
Senior Devon Reissner is a returning varsity player and is a captain for this year’s team.
Hastings is scheduled to play at Park on Monday and then return home for back-to-back-to-back SEC games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Hastings plays host to White Bear Lake on Wednesday, Roseville on Thursday and then Stillwater on Friday. All three games start at 4:15 p.m.