The Hastings Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) 9U baseball team won the East Ridge 9AA Invitational on Sunday, June 2. The Raiders went 2-1 in pool play with a loss to Mendota Heights (13-6), and wins over Menomonie (14-6) and Eastview (23-2). They then beat East Ridge 10-2 in the semifinals and revenged their Friday loss to Mendota Heights by beating them in the championship game 9-6. The team plays in the Metro Baseball League and have started the season 5-0.
In addition to the East Ridge tournament, the team took second in the Mendota Heights Warrior Classic tournament May 18-19 and earned spots in the Minnesota Baseball Tournament (MBT) State Championship tournament July 19-21 in Rosemount and also in the Gopher State Tournament of Champions July 26-28 in Roseville.