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Hastings High baseball upsets top-ranked Lincoln East
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 10:43 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - What makes sports fun is the upset and on Saturday Hastings High baseball upset top-ranked and then unbeaten Lincoln East.

The underdog mentality is prevalent in a lot of sports in Central Nebraska, especially when they go up against a Lincoln or Omaha school.

“Not being the top team. It’s always good to prove people wrong and show them where you stand,” Hastings senior Justin Musgrave said.

The Tigers showed the state where they stood holding one of the best lineups to two-runs.

“It builds a lot of confidence,” Hastings baseball coach Blake Marquardt said. “You know Lincoln East was a team that we knew had a dynamic lineup up and down. You know one through nine they could swing it.”

“Oh, it was awesome,” Musgrave said. “Getting there we were playing loose. Playing free. We didn’t have Coach Marquardt there so we knew just to leave it all out there on the field. Give it our all and luckily we came out with the win.”

The Tigers used a host of pitchers to shut down the Spartans’ lineup, playing on the strength of the team.

“Our defense and pitching that’s where we stepped up so far,” Musgrave said. “We really got to step up with the hitting. That’s our lack right now but I trust it and every day’s a new day.”

“We need to be able to compete on the mound and defensively to beat teams like that,” Marquardt said. “Then when we can scrap for a run or two and against Lincoln East we were able to get four right away. So, we were able to stay in command of the game and they felt the pressure and they could never just make that adjustment.”

Hastings has played some of the best teams in the state early on and have won five of its last six games.

“Being able to beat some of those top tier teams whether its Class A or Class B,” Marquardt said. “I like the position that we’re in and look forward... we just got to keep winning those fifty-fifty games.

It will not get much easier as the Tigers next five games are against Class A teams. Their next game is Friday, April 9 when they host Omaha South.

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