With a difficult regular season at a close, the Hastings High School softball team (5-9 SEC, 9-11 overall) faced Winona on Wednesday, May 21, in the first game of the section 1AAA playoffs. The Raiders were seeded ninth and Austin was seeded eighth. A victory over the Winhawks, who finished 9-11 this season after a doubleheader sweep of Albert Lea on May 16, means a meeting with No. 1 seed and host team Austin later that night. Results were not available before press time. Look for results on the Hastings Star Gazette Web site, www.hastingsstargazette.com.
A variety of scenarios could have the Raiders returning to Austin on Friday, May 23 or Tuesday, May 27 for further section playoff games.
The Raiders finished the season in a tie for sixth place in the Suburban East Conference.