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Hastings Raiders lose first games to Farmington, East Ridge

The Hastings baseball team has lost two close games, both by the same score, both in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Hastings lost to Farmington last week, 5-4, and fell to East Ridge this week, 5-4.

Vs East Ridge

Hastings lost to East Ridge on Monday, 5-4.

Hastings took a 4-0 lead into the third inning, but East Ridge came up with one run the bottom of the third, then added two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to win.

"We played good enough defensively to keep us in the ball game," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We had chances early and late to extend our lead and we were unable to take advantage of them. We've shown through the first three weeks of our season that we will compete on the mound and play solid defense."

"Give East Ridge credit; they hit their way back in the game. We will continue to get better. This group is still figuring out how to play together and thus how to win together."

At the plate, Hastings had just three hits.

"It's difficult to win at any level with only three hits," Hartmann said. "Hitting is very contagious. We need to get a few guys going and before you know it, everybody follows. If we fine tune some of those things, we will be on the other side of these close ball games."

Josh Monjeau had one hit, one run and one RBI.

Aaron Stoneberg had one hit and one RBI.

Billy Biskupski had one hit and scored a run.

Anders Hillstrom and Matt Koch also scored runs.

Hastings committed two errors in the field.

Stoneberg took the loss on the mound. He threw one inning and allowed two runs.

Xavier Kopp got the start for Hastings. He threw five innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned. He struck out two and walked three.

"Xavier was outstanding on the mound," Hartmann said. "He threw a lot of strikes and our defense was active behind him.

Kopp was relieved by Joe Stark, who threw two thirds of an inning.

Vs Farmington

The game against Farmington last week was in the Metrodome.

"It was a great experience for our kids to play in the Metrodome," Hartmann said. "Give Farmington credit; they outplayed us. We had chances early to extend our lead and we were unable to take advantage. Many of our mistakes are correctable. I'm confident this group will continue to work and improve. Our kids need to continue to develop their confidence at this level. Having only one position player with multiple varsity at bats returning, I believe this group will be get better each and every week."

Hastings had eight hits. Koch had one, Josh Monjeau had one, Stoneberg had three, Kopp had two and Hillstrom had one.

RBIs were recorded by Stoneberg, Hillstrom and Kopp.

Stoneberg pitched five innings and allowed seven hits and two runs.

Jon Barber pitched an inning and two-thirds and took the loss. He gave up three runs.