State Championship losses motivating Hastings softball

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Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 10:55 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings High softball has not been a stranger to success on the diamond. In fact, the Tigers have accumulated a 66-11 record over the last two seasons.

Both resulted in Class B State Championship berths. Both ended with runner-up finishes. The Tigers graduated seven seniors from last year’s roster and now will try to pave another postseason path with younger players and new transfers.

“They did a good job being leaders last year and these kids have stepped into those roles,” Hastings softball coach Ashley Speak said. “And I hope we just stay in stride with where we were last year.”

That will be tough to do, but the Tigers have every confidence that they can reach their lofty goals.

“Having the younger kids come up now, I think it’s just knowing their place and the roles,” Hastings senior center fielder Samantha Schmidt said. “They need to live up to that, but we know that they can do it all-around.”

And while losing production is never easy, this year’s Tigers’ squad is aiming to build a closer bond than ever before.

“Last year we lost a big group of girls,” Hastings senior left fielder and second baseman Emma Synek said. “They were such a close-knit group. They were our whole infield and we lost that, so we’re just trying to build that back up. We have a lot of team bonding to do still, but we’re doing good so far.”

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