Raiders softball team settles for SEC split
Coming off a tough loss to Forest Lake a few days before, the Hastings softball team had a lot to play for in a Suburban East Conference matchup against Woodbury.
The Royals were undefeated and posed a real threat to the Raiders.
You wouldn’t know that, though, by looking at the scoreboard at the end of the game. Hastings won, 9-0.
“We needed that one after the Forest Lake loss,” assistant coach Ken Lundquist said. “To bounce back shows us what kind of team we have.”
Hastings jumped out to a big lead early, going up 7-0 after two innings of play.
In the first, Michaela Mills led the game off with a single. She advanced on a wild pitch and then stole third base. She scored on a single by Rachel Thomas. Shelby Wassink singled and then scored on a two-run homer by Brooke Weber.
In the second inning, Hastings added four more runs. Alex Mohrhauser doubled and Mills singled. Thomas singled to score Mohrhauser and then stole second.
Meagan Friederichs singled to knock in two runs, and Weber hit a sacrifice fly to score another.
Friederichs pitched for Hastings and threw a one-hit shutout. She struck out eight.
“Meagan pitched a heck of a game,” Lundquist said.
The quick start made all the difference in the world, Lundquist said.
“To have our senior captains Rachel and Michaela hitting the ball and getting on base right away, that got the momentum going for the rest of the team,” he said. “That set the tone. It helps a lot when we can start the game like that. That was the difference there – just getting out and getting on base and getting the lead.”
Hastings lost to Roseville on Friday, 6-1.
The Raiders had six hits but left seven runners on base.
“We couldn’t get the big hit,” Lundquist said.
Telma Roesler got her first varsity hit in the bottom of the seventh and then scored on a single by Mills.
Mikayla Minnaert was the starting pitcher for Hastings. She was relieved by Friederichs.