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Softball: Raiders are SEC champs

Well, it is crunch time for the Hastings softball team.

On Thursday of last week, the regular season ended for the Raiders. It was certainly a success. Hastings finished with an 18-2 record, was crowned the Suburban East Conference champions, and the Raiders earned the No. 1 seed in Section 1AAA.

It's that last detail, about the section tournament, that means the most to Hastings right now. The Raiders desperately want to get back to the state tournament and notch some wins this year. The only way to do that is through the section tournament.

Hastings began play in the tournament Wednesday night at Todd Park in Austin. Results of the game were not available at press time.

If Hastings won Wednesday, they'll play at 7 p.m. Friday.

If they lost, they play at 5 p.m. Friday.

Rochester Mayo is the No. 2 seeded team. Northfield is No. 3 and Owatonna is No. 4.

Winning the conference was Hastings' first goal, and capturing the title means a lot to head coach Dean Robinson and the program.

"Winning the conference is sweet," he said. "It's all about players wanting to work hard for years to learn a system and continue building on those things from year to year. This is also a testament to the hard work the players that have graduated put in to help these players of today build when they were younger. This conference championship goes out to years of players as a whole I hope they realize that. They deserve this also."

Vs White Bear Lake

Hastings beat White Bear Lake on May 13, 5-0.

Treya Connell pitched for Hastings and got the win. She threw seven shutout innings, walked just one, allowed just two hits and struck out 11.

Hastings got its runs spread out over three innings.

In the fourth, the rally started on a single by Jenelle Trautmann, a walk by Connell and a single by Holmes. The Raiders went on to score three in the inning.

In the fifth inning, Shawna Middleton hit a two-out double and scored on a double by Trautmann.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Raiders added another run. Kaitlin Stark singled and advanced on a bunt by Kirstin Durow. Linnea Haler singled to knock in Haler.

Middleton and Trautmann each finished the game with two hits.

"It just took us a little while to get to the pitcher," Robinson said. "She was a little slower."

Vs Roseville

Hastings concluded the regular season Thursday, May 14, with an 8-5 win over Roseville.

Britt Robinson pitched for Hastings. She finished with five strikeouts.

The Raiders scored two runs in the first inning. Haler singled, Schaffer singled, Middleton singled in Haler, and Trautmann had an RBI single.

In the second innings, Holmes singled and moved up to second. Stefanie Wical singled to score Holmes, and Haler singled to score Wical.

In the fifth, Trautmann tripled and scored on a single by Connell.

In the sixth, Katie Nelson reached on an error. Robinson doubled and then Haler reached on an error, scoring one. Schaffer had an RBI single, and Trautmann scored one on a sacrifice fly.

Hastings had 12 hits as a team.