The Hastings 16U baseball team could not find a way to have their batting, and pitching in sync this past week in the two games they played. The Raiders scored five runs in one contest, and lost. Then in the other game Hastings only allowed five runs, but failed to get their bats going, and lost the game. The week started with the Raiders playing host to Maplewood in what proved to be a closely contested matchup. In the end though, the strong hitting of Maplewood proved to be too much for Hastings as they lost the game with a final score of 10-5. Stewart Mattison had two hits on three at bats, and Tyler Sylvester chipped in with two RBIs, and Marek Wester, and Tucker Tilleraas each had one RBI.
The Raiders would next travel to South St. Paul to do battle with the Shamrocks. In this contest it was be the Raider bats that failed to make the trip, while the defense did there a respective job only allowing five runs. Hastings lost with a final score of 5-0. Mattison was again consistent at the plate as he delivered two hits on three at bats. Dale Werner, and Sylvester were both able to record hits as well.
A bright spot for the Raiders all year have been the young kids who have been playing up to help Hastings overcome the adversities they have faced this season. The 15U players that have played roles on the 16U roster are Jake Dale, Joey Werner, Wyatt Kruse, and Trevor Walderon. Assistant Coach Aaron Stoneberg had nothing but high praise for the group of youngsters, who have battled competitively versus the older competition.
"It is great to see young guys come up, and contribute to the team," Stoneberg said.
Hastings will look to get back on track this upcoming week as the Raiders will be in action three different times. Starting with a night game versus North St. Paul.