The Raiders softball team opened section play this week with high hopes.
After finishing third in the Suburban East Conference behind a 12-6 record, Hastings opened Section 1AAA play on Wednesday in a game played after the Star Gazette went to press.
An up-and-down season continues bobbing along for the Hastings softball team. The Raiders have a 12-6 record in the Suburban East Conference. That record could be much better if the team wasn’t hit hard by giving up some big innings here and there. That record could be much worse if that team hadn’t eked out a number of close one-run wins.
Heading into Tuesday night’s section softball games in Austin, the Hastings Raiders had an 18-game winning streak going in the tournament. The streak stretches back for years, and this year’s team had added two wins to the total.
Against the two top teams in the Suburban Conference, the Hastings Raiders have played their best softball. That leaves coach Dean Robinson feeling encouraged this week as the regular season starts to wind down.
A story in this newspaper last week left out a very important word: not. As in, Hastings softball head coach Dean Robinson was not panicking regarding his team’s slow start. He knew his team would get things figured out.
Coming off a state championship having lost four key players, you’d think the Hastings Raiders would be in one of those rebuilding kinds of years. Judging by the team’s goals for this year, though, you can tell that isn’t the case.
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