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Hawks win consolation championship

The Hastings Hawks won the consolation championship at the Dewey Tauer Tournament in Red Wing last weekend.

"Overall it was a very good weekend," player/manager Adam Barta said.

The Hawks had a tough game on day one of the tournament last Thursday, losing 5-4 to New Richmond. Hastings played without a handful of its starters and had multiple errors that allowed New Richmond to win, even though Hastings out-hit New Richmond 10-5.

"We booted the ball around a little in the first game which led to a first round loss against a beatable team," Barta said, "but after that, we played above average defense and hit the ball really well with two outs."

Barta started on the mound and didn't allow a run until the sixth inning. He allowed four more in the seventh. Hastings scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning.

The Hawks faced St. Paul next and won, 6-3. Hastings batters played a strong game, scoring one run in each of the second and third innings, three in the sixth and one in the ninth. They had 12 hits, including a three-RBI double by John Anderson.

Derrick Pfeffer pitched the entire game, earning his third win for the season. He didn't allow any runs until the seventh, when St. Paul managed to score their only three runs.

Hastings beat Mankato, 7-0, in the final game to win the consolation championship. On the mound, David Vogelgesang gave up eight hits, struck out two and walked none. The game was Vogelgesang's fifth win for the season. Pfeffer highlighted the Hawks offense with a home run to left field with one man on base.

Pfeffer was named to the All-Tournament team.

"He's really picked our pitching staff up this year," Barta said. "His slider has improved tremendously and he still has his vintage change."

Hastings plays in the Green Isle tournament this weekend.

"It's always a good weekend to bond, play some baseball and play against some great competition around the state," Barta said. "It's the point in the year where the Hawks always seem to turn the corner and play really well."

Their next home game is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, against the Minnetonka Millers.