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Hastings senior Katie Nelson is tagged out at the plate during last week's game against East Ridge. The Raptors won, 3-2.

Softball: Raiders off to 4-2 start

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At the beginning of the season, Hastings softball coach Dean Robinson figured his team had a bullseye on its back. The Raiders placed third at the state tournament last year and entered the season as the state's No. 1 ranked team.

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Robinson was right. The Raiders are definitely a target. Thus far, Hastings is off to a 4-2 start.

Injuries have certainly played a part in all this. Junior Brit Robinson, one of the team's top players, injured her knee the first week of practice. In practice on her first day back from that injury, she was hit by a pitch and fractured her elbow.

"Hopefully, those will be our two injuries for the year," Robinson said. "Hopefully we're over that."

Robinson (the coach's daughter) had a follow-up visit Wednesday and was hoping to be cleared to return to action yesterday.

With her absence in the middle of the field, Hastings has moved several players around and the Raiders have introduced some new faces to the lineup. All that shuffling around hasn't been easy.

"We've just had some errors and some things we normally do right, we haven't," Robinson said. "That's just part of having new players in different spots and trying to jell as a team. It's still early in the season. I'm not worried about it. We'll be fine."

One of those two losses came Monday to Woodbury, 2-0, in 12 innings.

Vs Lakeville North

Hastings beat Lakeville North on April 23, 3-0.

Jenelle Trautmann pitched for Hastings. She had 12 strikeouts, allowed just two hits and no walks.

Jordan Schaffer doubled to right field in the first inning to score Katie Nelson.

In the sixth, Schaffer reached and Treya Connell doubled to put runs on first and second. Hailey Lundquist stepped up and hit a ball to right center that scored the final two Hastings runs.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge on April 22, 3-2.

Hastings took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning when Schaffer walked and Trautmann hit a two-run homer.

East Ridge scored twice in the bottom of the sixth after two Hastings errors, a bunt and a single.

In the seventh, East Ridge won following a single, an error and a throwing error.

Connell pitched and had nine strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs.

Vs WBL

Hastings beat White Bear Lake on April 19, 3-2.

Trautmann threw all 12 innings, had 16 strikeouts and hit a home run.

In the first inning, Nelson reached and scored on a double by Schaffer.

With the game tied 1-1 after seven innings, it went into extra innings.

Trautmann's homer came in the 10th, but the Bears countered with a run of their own.

In the 12th, Lisa Kranz reached on a bunt and advanced on a hit by Lori Bauer. After Schaffer and Trautmann walked, Lundquist knocked in the winning run.

Vs Park

Hastings beat Park on April 15, 3-1.

Trautmann pitched and struck out 10.

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