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Softball: Raiders win fifth straight

Treya Connell delivers a pitch during Wednesday's game against Mounds View.

Following a wild 17 inning, 3-1 win over Forest Lake on Monday, the Hastings softball team finds itself in familiar territory: Hastings has won five straight and is moving its way back up the state rankings.

One week ago, the Raiders were 4-2.

As of Wednesday, Hastings had a 9-2 record.

Hastings junior Brit Robinson returned to action last week, and with her return, many other players were moved back to their intended roles, which has certainly helped the team defense.

"One of the biggest things is getting Brit back, getting our whole team healthy and getting everyone back to where we were expecting them to be at the beginning of the year," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. "Plus, everyone is playing as a team. We're not individuals."

In the marathon that was Monday's game, Hastings took a 1-0 lead after Lisa Kranz singled and scored on a triple by Robinson.

After seven innings, the score was tied 1-1 and the game went into extra innings. It was scoreless until the 17th, when Robinson singled and scored on a double by Jordan Schaffer. Schaffer then scored on a hit by Jenelle Trautmann.

Trautmann obviously played a key role at the plate, but that can't overshadow what she did as the Hastings pitcher. She threw all 17 innings, had 23 strikeouts and allowed just eight hits.

"It was like she got better as the game went on," Robinson said. "She was throwing in the 17th like it was the first. It was crazy."

The Rangers are the No. 6 ranked team in Class 3A. Or, at least, they were.

"It was just a great game that our girls will never forget," Robinson said. "The game could have been won in pretty much any inning from seven until 17. The girls kept battling and didn't give up. This game could really step us up to the next level, where we need to be."

Vs Lakeville North

Hastings beat Lakeville North, 14-1, in the championship game of the Polar Classic, which was played in Stillwater.

Treya Connell pitched for Hastings and had seven strikeouts. She allowed no walks and no earned runs.

Robinson led the way at the plate, collecting three hits in five appearances. She had six RBI, including a grand slam.

Schaffer had two RBI, as did Marissa Holmes. Hailey Lundquist and Kranz each had one RBI.

Vs Centennial

Hastings beat Centennial in the first round of the Polar Classic Saturday. Trautmann pitched and was just two outs away from a perfect game. Hastings ended up winning, 7-1.

Trautmann had 11 strikeouts.

Kranz hit a home run, Robinson had two hits, Katie Nelson had three hits, Schaffer had two RBI, Trautmann had two RBI and Connell had two RBI.

Vs Stillwater

Hastings had no trouble beat Suburban East Conference opponent Stillwater last week. Hastings won, 7-1.

Connell pitched for Hastings. She struck out 11, walked three and allowed no earned runs.

Robinson saw her first action of the season at the plate, having just recovered from a broken elbow. She came up in the fifth and hit an RBI single to score Schaffer. Nelson had three hits, and Trautmann had two.

Vs Cretin

Hastings beat Cretin last week, 8-0.

Trautmann pitched a gem, striking out 10 along the way and getting the shutout.

Schaffer had two hits, Trautmann had two hits, Holmes had two hits and Lundquist had two RBI.