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Baseball: Raiders beat Tigers, then fall to Forest Lake and Mounds View

The Hastings boys baseball team is now 3-9 on the season after a win over Farmington and a pair of Suburban East Conference losses.

The Farmington game had to be one of the season highlights, especially considering the way Devon LaCoursiere pitched for the Raiders. He threw a complete game, struck out nine, walked nobody and allowed just three hits.

"It all started and ended with the positive performance we received from Devon," HHS coach Paul Hartmann said. "He was around the plate the entire game and did not walk a batter. He was also down in the strike zone, which made it much easier for us to play defense behind him. This was an important section game for us, to see the type of competition we will see in Section 1."

LaCoursiere had a good day at the plate, too, with two hits. Dan Guelle had two hits and two RBI.

Vs Forest Lake

Hastings lost a close game to Forest Lake on May 2, 7-6.

Hastings led 5-1, but needed a seventh-inning rally to take the lead. The Raiders got the lead back thanks to three two-out hits, including an RBI single by David Vogelgesang.

Forest Lake, though, rallied in the bottom of the seventh to get the win.

"We played with a lot of energy in a great baseball atmosphere," Hartmann said. "We were up early on a solid Forest Lake team 5-1 and allowed them to get back into the game with walks and hit batsmen. We need to learn from this game how to bury a team when we have a lead. That being said, we played with a lot of heart; we just didn't execute the way we are capable of for seven innings."

Pat Guelle, Vogelgesang and John Wahlstrom each had two hits.

Vs Mounds View

Hastings lost to a very good Mounds View team on Monday, 11-1 in five innings.

"We did not show up to play," Hartmann said. "If and when we show up and do the little things correct, we can be a pretty good baseball team. We can't afford to not show up mentally. We're not good enough. The energy and enthusiasm we generated in our previous two games was not there against the Mustangs. Give Mounds View credit. They were more ready to play than we were."

Justin Knoll had one hit and an RBI. Jake Ryan also had a hit.