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Hastings legion baseball goes 2-2 in sub-state playoffs

#12 Cory Wolters pitches in the first game of the doubleheader against Northfield. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
First baseman Logan Radke falls backward but still makes the catch in foul territory against Northfield. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Hastings American Legion baseball team finished its summer season by going 2-2 in the American Legion baseball sub-state six playoffs. They lost in the first round to Northfield 5-1, beat South St. Paul (7-5) and Eagan (6-5) in the consolation bracket before losing to Eastview. All playoff games were nine innings as opposed to the standard seven-inning games in high school and the legion regular season.

Doubleheader

Hastings first two games were back-to-back July 20, after storms the previous night resulted in a rain out. First they played Northfield, whose starting pitcher kept the Raiders off-balance the entire game.

All five of Northfield's runs came in the top of the third. Hastings answered in the bottom of the sixth with one run of their own. Drew Davis scored on a ground ball by Cory Wolters that Northfield failed to turn into a double play.

The Raiders only scattered six hits over the nine innings. Davis had a single and scored, Isaac Flynn added two singles and Wolters had a double and a single to go along with their lone RBI.

Logan Radke pitched three innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk to go with one strikeout. Wolters threw three shutout innings while giving up just one hit. Jake Biermaier threw 1 2/3 innings and Davis 1/3 of an inning.

Hastings bounced back in the second game of the doubleheader behind a tremendous outing by starting pitcher Isaac Flynn. Flynn threw eight solid innings to receive the win and battled to help protect his team's pitching for the rest of the tournament.

The Raiders scored one run in the top of the first when Jake Erridge reached on an error and scored. South St. Paul tied the game at one after the first inning, but Hastings proceeded to take control of the game. Braden Svobody contributed an RBI single in the fourth and they added three more runs on a rare three-RBI triple by first baseman Radke. Flynn helped himself out in the sixth with an RBI single after Biermaier singled and scored on a wild pitch. Going into the eighth inning the Raiders led 7-1.

South St. Paul made a run at a comeback by scoring four runs in the top of the eighth but Flynn was able to close out the inning with a 7-5 lead. Biermaier once again came in as a reliever and shut down South St. Paul in the ninth to get the save.

Flynn got the win and threw eight innings, gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts. Radke led Hastings with three RBI while three different Raiders had two hits each.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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