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Farmington ends Hastings softball season

On a wild ending, the season ended Tuesday night for the Hastings softball team. The Raiders lost to Farmington, 5-2, in the section semifinals.

“It was tough,” assistant coach Ken Lundquist said. “I don’t even have words to describe it. There’s a feeling of emptiness in your stomach.”

Hastings led 2-1 going into the seventh inning, and the Raiders got two outs right away, and no runners were on base. Five singles and an error later, Farmington was up 5-2.

“It was not fun,” Lundquist said.

Hastings will lose seven talented seniors to graduation, and Lundquist’s thoughts were with them this week.

“Those seniors and the leadership they’ve brought to the team, and their maturity over the last year …,” he said. “It’s bittersweet. You see them grow up in front of your eyes and then you see them disappointed, but they’ll all be successful in whatever they decide to do.”

Hastings trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Alex Mohrhauser singled and moved up on a sacrifice by Paige Ahrens. Michaela Mills doubled to score one run, then Meagan Friederichs singled to score Mills.


The section tournament started with a 6-1 win over Austin. The game got off to a great start for the Raiders when Mills led off with a triple and stole home.

Hastings then traveled to Austin on Friday night and lost to Rochester Mayo, 1-0.

Hastings came back later Friday night to beat Owatonna, 9-4, to advance to Tuesday.

Mills had two hits, three runs and two RBI in that game. Rachel Thomas had three hits and three runs.