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Hastings VFW team is now 5-4 on the season

The Hastings 16U VFW baseball team is sitting one game above .500 as they picked up two wins in their past five games in the previous two weeks. The five game stretch started with the Raiders in a matchup with familiar foe Park of Cottage Grove. Hastings would suffer a narrow defeat to the Wolfpack with a final score of 6-5. Head Coach Taylor Pagel said that Tyler Sylvester pitched well, but suffered the loss on the mound. Sam Skoyen led the Raiders offense, as he was able to record two hits on four at bats and two RBIs. Cory Anderson contributed as well with two hits, and one RBI.

The Raiders would next travel to Simley High School for a duel with the Spartans, and Hastings found themselves in what proved to be a tough situation due to injuries.

“We only had 10 guys, and one got hurt so we were very limited in our pitching, Pagel said.

Cory Anderson ended up coming in to do some good relief work, but ultimately took the loss for the Raiders. Jake Miller took charge of the offense as he had two hits on three at bats with a double. Cody Marek was able to muster up a double and an RBI as well.

It seemed that the Raiders were fed up with their two-game losing streak, and it was White Bear Lake that Hastings would end up taking their frustrations out on. The Raiders whacked the baseball all around the ballpark in route to a commanding 10-0 win in only five innings of play. Sam Skoyen threw a gem of a game as he struck out four batters and only walked one. Skoyen’s efforts on the mound followed him to the diamond as he also had three hits on four at bats. Mikey Junker, Tyler Sylvester, Logan Gove, and Wyatt Kruse all recorded two hits. Joey Werner, Tucker Tilleraas, and Alex Judge each had a hit, and it was Judge that was able to put White Bear away as he notched the walk off hit in the fifth to give Hastings the win.

The Raiders came back home for a contest against the Woodbury Royals at Grossman Field. Hastings couldn’t hold off the strong hitting Royals as they lost the game 11-6. Stewart Mattison had three hits for the Raiders, while Gove and Sylvester each had two hits.

Hastings would next travel to Red Wing High School for a closely contested duel with the Wingers. The Raiders would prove to get the upper hand, as they won 3-2. “Skoyen pitched another terrific game against a good hitting club,” coach Aaron Stoneberg said. Skoyen pitched seven innings, and only allowed two earned runs. Alex Judge had two big hits for the Raiders, one of which brought in the go ahead run.

Monday night the Raiders were back home against the East Ridge Raptors in what proved to be a contest. Hastings failed to find any consistency against a strong hitting ball team. The Raptors came out swinging, and never looked back, as Hastings lost 16-6. Hastings will look to rebound Thursday night at home on Grossman Field versus Ranview.