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Raiders softball team gets back into SEC title hunt

The Hastings softball team can win a share of the conference title by winning its final two games of the season. The Raiders are 12-4 heading into matchups with Roseville and White Bear Lake this week.

If the Raiders win both games, they’ll finish at 14-4 and would clinch at least a tie with Forest Lake.

The Rangers are 13-4 with one game remaining.

The good news related to the conference title hopes is possible after a pair of big wins this week. Hastings beat Mounds View on Tuesday, 3-0, in one of those wins.

The Raiders got all three of their runs in the fourth inning.

Meagan Friederichs walked to start the rally. Shelby Wassink doubled to score Friederichs from first base.

Brooke Weber, in her first game back, singled up the middle to score Wassink. Stacy Monjeau came in to run for Weber and advanced on a steal.

Monjeau eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to score the third run.

Pitching for Hastings was Mikayla Minnaert. She threw 6 1/3 innings and had five strikeouts.

“She pitched a fantastic game,” assistant coach Ken Lundquist said. “She did a really good job of hitting her spots on the outside part of the plate. She kept them off balance. That was probably one of the better games she has pitched all year.”

She gave up just four hits, including two in the seventh. After those two hits, Friederichs was brought in to save it.

Vs Woodbury

Hastings beat Woodbury on Friday, 1-0, in nine innings.

Hastings didn’t get a hit off Woodbury’s strong freshman pitcher until the sixth inning.

The Royals, meanwhile, weren’t faring much better. Minnaert had a perfect game through four innings. She pitched into the seventh inning and allowed just three hits. Friederichs came on in the top of the seventh inning and threw the final three innings to get the win.

Hastings scored the game-winner in the top of the ninth. Rachel Thomas singled with one out. Friederichs followed that up with a single, and then Wassink walked to load the bases.

The big hit came from Taylor Wickberg, a senior, who singled in the winning run.

“That was a big win,” Lundquist said.

Vs Forest Lake

Hastings lost to Forest Lake on Wednesday, May 7, 3-0.

Hastings out-hit the Rangers, 4-3, but that didn’t affect the outcome.

“We didn’t get a timely hit, and they made us pay for our three errors,” Lundquist said.

Friederichs pitched for Hastings and fared well, allowing just three hits. “She did a great job,” Lundquist said.