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, Farmington and Rosemount Legion Green baseball teams all had their seasons end last week in the Division 1 Sub-state 5 and Sub-state 6 playoffs. The team from Farmington made it to the farthest, losing in the finals of the winners bracket before dropping down to the consolation where they were eliminated. Rosemount and Hastings were both eliminated in two games.
The Miesville Mudhens withstood a gritty Hastings Hawks team Friday night at Jack Ruhr Field and won 5-1 to sweep the season series between the two teams.
The 40th Rivertown Days has come to a close and so has the 40th Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament. Played over the course of the weekend at the courts by Roadside Park and the high school, the tournament crowned champions in 25 divisions and for a total of 75 place-winners.
High school sports have changed gradually over the last decade and one of the areas you see that the most today is during the offseason. Less than a decade ago, strength programs were just getting started and most (not all) sports maybe had a three-day camp during the summer. Today, every sport has some sort of summer strength program on top of summer leagues, holding their own camps and traveling to others.
Upcoming Hastings junior Terry Kuhn is playing some of the best golf of his young career and his confidence is at an all-time high. Kuhn, who was an integral part of the Raiders varsity boys' golf team this past spring, has played in a handful of tournaments this summer and won two Junior Professional Golf Association (Jr. PGA) tournaments the week of the Fourth of July.
Jack Ruhr Field saw some major fireworks on the Fourth of July and that's not counting whatever display they might have had that night. The Miesville Mudhens overpowered the Red Wing Aces with three home runs to get the 8-2 win, a revenge game after the Aces handed the Mudhens one of their two losses on Memorial Day.
Take one look at the Hastings Hawks' roster and you will see plenty of familiar names with one thing in common; youth. Over the past few years the Hawks have become progressively younger, especially this season as half their roster is made up of recent Hastings and Park of Cottage Grove graduates.
Two different Hastings Raiders legion baseball teams came to play Thursday night as they hosted St. Paul Park for a doubleheader at Veterans Park. The Raiders, with a team made up of players who played on different levels this past high school season, won the first game easily, 10-1, before falling in the second game, 10-4, as the weekend's heat wave rolled in.
Drive by the baseball fields at Pioneer Park this summer and you may come across a little league baseball game with a big-league atmosphere. This season, the Hastings 13AA youth baseball team has added a few wrinkles to its pre-game program in the form of flag bearers, the national anthem and community members throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Hosting Austin The Miesville Mudhens solidly put away the Austin Greyhounds 8-1 last Wednesday night at Jack Ruhr Field. With it being Wednesday the game did not attract the largest crowd, but it did not affect the Mudhens as they hopped on the Greyhounds early and never looked back. They scored two runs in the bottom of the second, three in the fourth and three more and in eighth to put the game away. Austin scored their lone run in the top of the seventh.