Softball: Raiders have 16-2 season mark
An 8-2 game certainly doesn't sound close. But you'd better believe Monday's 8-2 game between Hastings and Stillwater was just that.
In fact, the game went into extra innings before Hastings scored six runs in the top of the eighth to win its 16th game of the year.
The Raiders got a superb pitching performance from Jenelle Trautmann and some timely hitting to improve their record to 16-2 on the season.
Trautmann struck out 17 over eight innings and walked just two.
As for the timely hitting: in the top of the eighth, Jordan Schaffer singled, Shawna Middleton walked and Trautmann knocked them both in with a double.
But that wasn't the end of the frame. Treya Connell walked, Marissa Holmes singled to score one and then Kaitlin Stark singled one home.
Linnea Haler later reached on an error and, as the Raiders batted around, Schaffer came back up and delivered an RBI single.
When all was said and done, the Raiders scored six runs in the top of the eighth and won.
"Once the girls start hitting, it gets contagious," HHS coach Dean Robinson said. "Once we get on track, it's like the ball starts rolling down the hill. Everyone just does their part."
Hastings concluded its regular season with a pair of games this week. Both were too late to be included in this week's issue.
Up next for Hastings is the section tournament. It appears as though the Raiders will begin play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in Austin.
"All the things the girls have learned over the years is just paying off," Robinson said. "The big part is everyone being a team player and wanting what is best for the team. As long as we can stay tough and work hard, we'll be right where we want to be."
Hastings played at a big tournament over the weekend at Benilde-St. Margaret's. Hastings placed second.
The tournament started with a 6-1 win over Prior Lake.
Middleton had a home run, Britt Robinson had three hits, Haler had two hits and Schaffer had two hits.
Trautmann pitched and struck out nine.
In the second round, Hastings beat Lakeville North, 7-2.
Schaffer had a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Connell had three hits.
Connell pitched and had six strikeouts.
In the championship game, Hastings lost to Rosemount, 2-1, in nine innings.
"What an awesome game," Robinson said. "Rosemount is definitely the best defensive team we've played. It was a great, hard fought, really good game. Like I told the girls you'd rather lose a close game like that than win a game 20-0."
Robinson pitched all nine innings for Hastings.
Hastings got its run in the fourth inning. Haler walked, Middleton singled and Trautmann got a base hit to score Haler.
Rosemount scored in the sixth inning to tie the game.
In the ninth, the winning run was scored on a close play at the plate.
Vs Forest Lake
Hastings beat Forest Lake, 5-1, on Wednesday.
The game began at 7 p.m. under the lights and ended up lasting longer than most people had expected. That was due to the fact that the lights went out in the sixth inning. The outage, though, seemed to be OK for Hastings.
Hastings and Forest Lake were tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Just as Robinson was ready to throw her first pitch, the lights went out causing a 30-minute delay.
Once play resumed, Robinson retired the side and the Raiders came up in the top of the seventh. Hastings erupted for four runs and went on to win, 5-1.
The rally started when Haler walked. Schaffer doubled and Middleton doubled to knock in two runs. Connell doubled to score Middleton. Holmes then doubled to score Connell.
Vs Mounds View
Hastings beat Mounds View Thursday, 2-0.
Connell was the winning pitcher. She had five strikeouts.
Schaffer had two hits. Connell did, too, continuing a very strong streak at the plate for the sophomore.
"She has been hot as a pistol," Robinson said.