Baseball: Hastings Hawks eliminated by Northfield in Section 1B playoffs
The Hastings Hawks had their season end Sunday at Veterans Park as they were eliminated from the Section 1B playoffs by the Northfield Knights. The Hawks fell 10-0 in the elimination game after losing 16-4 on Friday in Northfield. Hastings finishes the season with a 4-26 overall record behind an increasingly younger roster.
The Hawks played Northfield tight for five innings on Friday as they took a 2-1 lead in the third and were up 4-1 heading into the top of the fifth. Manager Shawn Matson said that starter Jordan Jeske did a great job of throwing strikes but that it is difficult to keep a lineup as potent as Northfield's down. The Knights scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead and from there scored six more in the bottom of the sixth and five in the bottom of the seventh for the 10-run rule to take effect. Sunday saw Northfield chip away at Hastings, who was unable to mount much offensively, and win 10-0 in seven innings.
Check back later in the week for more comments from Matson on the season in general and the future of the Hawks.