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Softball: Raiders win three to start season

Marissa Holmes catches a throw at first base during Monday's softball game at Hastings.

What a way to start the season.

Last Tuesday, Hastings High School and Cretin-Derham Hall kicked off the 2009 spring softball season with a bang. In the end, Hastings emerged as the winner of a wild, 6-5, game.

The Raiders trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, and things didn't look good as the first two Hastings batters were retired.

But with two outs, Hastings began a rally, thanks to a walk drawn by Britt Robinson.

A wild pitch moved Robinson to second.

With a 1-2 count, Linnea Haler hit a blooper over the third baseman's head. Robinson was running on the pitch and scored, thanks in part to a back-door slide at home.

When the throw came home, Haler advanced to second.

When the Cretin catcher dropped the ball while trying to tag Robinson, Haler raced to third.

Jordan Schaffer came up and hit a ground ball between first base and the pitcher. Schaffer raced to first and was called safe by the umpire. Haler crossed the plate, and the Raiders won 6-5.

"It was very close at first, but the ump called her safe," HHS coach Dean Robinson said. "It was a nailbiter."

Defensively, it wasn't the best outing for the Raiders.

"I think everyone was nervous," Robinson said. "We made errors we don't normally make. The big thing was that the girls battled back and never gave up. I think it was just first-game jitters."

Robinson pitched the first five innings.

Jenelle Trautmann threw the final two innings.

Trautmann got out of a big jam in the sixth, when the bases were loaded with no outs. She started a key 1-2-3 double play to help get herself out of the jam.

Schaffer finished with two hits.

Shawna Middleton had two hits and two RBI, and Haler had two hits and an RBI.

Vs White Bear

Hastings beat White Bear Lake the next day, 12-1, in a game much different than Tuesday's.

"That was a whole 'nother ballgame," Robinson said. "I think we were more focused. We were a little more crisp on defense."

Trautmann pitched for Hastings and had 10 strikeouts.

Britt Robinson had three hits, including an over-the-fence grand slam in the sixth inning.

Haler had three hits. Middleton, Treya Connell, Kaitlin Stark and Trautmann each had two hits.