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Hastings baseball team earns season's first win, 4-3, over Roseville

It took longer than coach Paul Hartmann and the Hastings baseball team wanted, but on Tuesday, the Raiders earned their first win of the year.

Hastings beat Roseville, 4-3, and is now 1-4 overall on the season and 1-3 in Suburban East Conference play.

"Hopefully we can build off this one," Hartmann said. "We've had some tough luck early. Things will turn around for this team if we continue to work."

The game-winning run was scored on a balk in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out in the inning, Matt Koch walked. He stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Aaron Stoneberg drew a walk, putting runners on first and third. Hastings ran an early break play, where Stoneberg left his base early, causing the pitcher to panic. When he did that, a balk was called and Koch was awarded home to give Hastings the win.

"Aaron left at just the right time," Hartmann said. "Their pitcher panicked a bit, and that was the ball game."

Stoneberg also factored into the decision based on his pitching. He got the win, pitching all seven innings for Hastings.

He allowed five hits and just one earned run.

"Aaron looked the best he has all season," Hartmann said. "He had his whole repertoire going today. We made some very good plays, but missed on some routine ones that let them back in the game."

Nate Flynn and Xavier Kopp keyed the effort offensively. They each had three hits.

"They really have it going offensively," Hartmann said.

Also getting hits were Josh Monjeau, Trey Pottinger, Anders Hillstrom and Jared Powell.

Hillstrom and Powell each had RBIs.

Vs Forest Lake

Hastings lost to Forest Lake, 3-1, on Friday, April 13.

Zach Anderson was the starting pitcher for Hastings. He threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. It was his first varsity start.

"He was outstanding on the mound," Hartmann said. "He showed no fear tonight."

He was relieved in the sixth inning by Kopp, who threw two-thirds of an inning.

Hastings held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth when they gave up three runs.

"We made some mistakes in the sixth that we will learn from," Hartmann said. "I thought our kids really competed against one of the top teams in the state. We just couldn't make it last for seven innings. Our team is starting to come together. We played the game with much more enthusiasm and intensity."

In the sixth, two Hastings errors helped the Rangers out.

At the plate, Flynn had two hits and one RBI to lead the way.

Stoneberg had two hits and one run. Kopp and Powell each had hits.