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Baseball: This time around, Cretin gets best of Hastings

John Wahlstrom delivers a pitch for Hastings at Tuesday afternoon's game against Northfield at Grossman Field here.

It was 10 years ago Hastings won the state baseball championship. The route to the state tournament was highlighted with a pair of big wins over Cretin-Derham Hall at the section tournament.

So, as the Raiders planned a tribute to that team, the natural opponent to schedule was Cretin-Derham Hall, now a conference foe.

Cretin, though, exacted some revenge Friday night. Cretin won, 11-1, in five innings. Still, the tribute to the 1999 team went off well, as did youth night, despite the rain.

"It was nice to honor the '99 team on this night," coach Paul Hartmann said. "I saw a lot of smiles on their faces as they discussed fond memories. We had a nice contingent of youth out there as well and I'm sure we would have had more if the weather would have cooperated."

Cretin came out strong and put the Raiders away.

"I give Cretin a lot of credit as they came out swinging the bats very well," Hartmann said. "We made some mistakes early and they really took advantage of it. Obviously we would have preferred to perform a little better on this night, but Cretin really outplayed us."

Nick Bachman and Shane Monjeau each had their first varsity hits for Hastings.

Vs Stillwater

Hastings lost to Stillwater last week, 9-7, in a wild game.

"We battled back on two occasions against the top pitching staff in our league," Hartmann said. "We put ourselves in a position to ultimately win the ball game, but we were unable to come up with the key hit late. We were proud of their effort."

Hastings got a grand slam from David Vogelgesang and two hits each from Justin Knoll, Ryan Hackel and Eric Harris.

Vs Park

Park beat Hastings Monday, 8-2.

"Park played really well today and we did not," Hartmann said. "In two consecutive games, we have received a great lift from our younger players late in the game."

Wes Hedlund earned his first varsity hit for Hastings.

The Raiders closed out regular season play Tuesday afternoon against Northfield. The team is now preparing for the section tournament, which begins May 23.