Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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The Hastings High School baseball team played five games in four days this past week and seemed to be back on track after losing three in a row. The Raiders won three straight conference games last week against North St. Paul (4-3), Simley (8-0) and defending state champions Henry Sibley (13-12). However, they then played a doubleheader against Woodbury and East Ridge at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville on Saturday and dropped both games. Hastings is now 6-8 overall, 6-4 in the MEC which puts them in second place behind Tartan.
The Hastings boys' tennis team won six more matches this past week to improve their record to an astounding 19-1. The Raiders have not lost since they dropped their season-opener to East Ridge. Hastings beat Simley, Eagan, Burnsville, Cretin-Derham Hall, Bloomington Jefferson and Hopkins to keep their streak alive.
The Hastings boys' golf team put together three strong finishes over the last week, including winning their home invite, the Don Saatzer Tournament. The Raiders took third at Stillwater on May 2, second in a tri-meet May 4 with Henry Sibley and Simley, then won the Don Saatzer May 8 at Dakota Pines Golf Club.
Despite the cold, wet and rainy weather of last week, the Hastings girls' golf team still managed to compete. They took fifth at the Hill-Murray Invitational that head coach Becky Hartung said was shortened from an 18-hole tournament to nine due to the weather, which included sleet. The Raiders then knocked off Henry Sibley at Hidden Greens on Thursday, May 4. Then on Monday, May 8, Hastings took second at their mid-conference tournament.
The Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams both had their Metro East Conference Relays this past week. Hastings hosted the boys' meet while the girls traveled to Mahtomedi. The Raider boys took first while the girls came in a close second behind Mahtomedi.
Throwing the discus or shot put is the most technique-heavy event in track and field. A thrower has to perfect every motion from their feet to their arms to excel.
The Hastings High School softball team won three Metro East Conference games this past week. They hosted Tartan on May 2, and won 10-4. On Thursday, May 4, they traveled to Simley where they won 7-4, and then they hosted Mahtomedi on Friday, May 5, who they beat 4-2. The Raiders are now 11-5 overall and 10-1 in the MEC, which puts them tied for first with North St. Paul in the loss column. They play the Polars again, in Hastings, on Thursday. Simley
The Hastings boys' and girls' track and field teams had their best combined finishes this past week at the Spartan Invite in Richfield. The boys' team took first out of seven teams with a score of 169.50, over 20 points ahead of River Falls, while the girls' team finished second with 112.83 points behind River Falls, who had an astounding 248.
The Hastings baseball team had two close games last week at home that they managed to split. The Raiders fell to St. Thomas Academy, 4-3, April 26 but then beat Hill-Murray 2-0 Friday. Hastings is now 3-6 overall and 3-4 in the MEC.
Hastings boys lacrosse dropped two straight home games to Metro East Conference opponents Simley and Tartan. The Raiders lost to Simley, April 25, by a score of 10-4 and then fell to Tartan 20-6 April 27. Hastings is now 2-3 on the season.