Legion team wins in Faribault, LonsdaleThe American Legion baseball team played a doubleheader last Thursday in Faribault and won both games.
The American Legion baseball team played a doubleheader last Thursday in Faribault and won both games.
Hastings won the first game, 12-2, in five innings due to the 10-run rule. Aaron Stoneberg pitched a complete game and only allowed two earned runs with a solid defense behind him the whole game.
The boys had a good day on offense. Wes Hedlund led the way going three for three with five RBIs in the game. Tyler Rohr went two for two in the game scoring twice. Austin Nelson went three for four with two runs scored and an RBI.
In game two, Hastings jumped to an early lead, scoring five runs in the second inning. They followed it up with four more runs in the third en route to an 11-1 win.
“Game two showed a lot about the team,” coach Mark Bauer said. “It's easy for a team to let up after 10 running a team in the first game.”
On offense, senior Ryan Hackel went two for three at the plate with three RBIs. Hedlund continue his hot hitting from game one with a two for four effort in the second game, putting him at five for seven at the plate for the evening. Will Majeski went two for two in the game.
On the mound, Nick Bachmann pitched the first four innings, striking out six batters and allowing no runs. Austin Nelson came into the game in the fifth inning, allowing one unearned run to close out the game.
On Monday, the legion team played a doubleheader against Eastview. Hastings lost both games.
“Game one was a tough loss for the players,” Bauer said.
Hastings lost the game 6-4, but left 13 runners on base. Eastview jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings. Stoneberg started on the mound and got the loss.
Tony Hammes shined as the relief pitcher. Hammes came in the game and pitched the last four innings, allowing just one hit and no runs.
“Tony has been the biggest bright spot on the mound so far this year,” Bauer said.
At the plate, Nelson went two for three with one run scored. Hunter Hillstrom went one for one on the day with a walk and a run scored, as well as an RBI.
Game two was a different story.
“We just couldn’t get the bats started in game number two,” Bauer said.
Hackel started his first game of the season and gave up five runs in four innings. Hedlund relieved him to pitch the final three and gave up just one unearned run. Hastings lost, 6-0.
On Tuesday the bats came alive as the team bounced back and beat Lonsdale 10-2 and 11-1. Nick Bachmann started the first game and pitched his first complete game of the season. He allowed just two runs and had seven strikeouts.
“Nick has been pitching really well for the team this year,” Bauer said.
On offense, Hackel went three for four with one walk and scored two runs. Will Majeski went one for one with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. Hammes reached base all four times he went to the plate, and two of those times he hit doubles. Nick Huemuller went two for four at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs.
In game two, the team had another solid pitching performance. Nelson pitched a complete game in his first start of the season. Nelson only gave up three hits and one run, leading the team to and 11-1 win.
Hackel stood out on offense once again. He reached base four times out of four at-bats with two hits and two runs scored. David Schoeberl went two for three with a double and three RBIs. Brian Amble reached base two of his three at-bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Hammes continued his hot night, going three for three with two runs scored and two RBIs.