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New faces leading Tiger baseball

Hastings High baseball returns 12 seniors for spring season
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 10:43 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - When Hastings baseball takes the diamond tomorrow afternoon at Duncan Field it will have been 672 days since their last game in the 2019 Class B championship. The Tigers were expected to compete for the title again in 2020 before COVID-19 but to an end to the spring sports season.

Hastings graduated 13 seniors from who would have been on last year’s team. Now in 2021, the Tigers are led by new faces but the team still boasts a lot of seniors.

“Last year we graduated 13 seniors,” Hastings baseball coach Blake Marquardt said. “So, there was a lot that we had lost per say but believe it or not we still have 12 seniors who are on this team now. So we still have a lot of experience and a lot of older kids that are playing for us.”

“Couple of the guys on this team, we’re going to have to step up for sure and definitely be some of the heavy hitters,” Senior pitcher Braden Kalvelage said. “I definitely have not been used to that, the seniors last year being pretty good actually.”

Marquardt said the rotation will be led by seniors Brayden Mackey and Kalvelage. Isaiah Henry, Trevor Sullivan and Luke Brooks are expected to compete for the third and fourth spots.

Tigers open their season at home hosting Norris. First pitch set for 4:30 p.m.

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