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HYAA teams at play at state tournaments

HYAA hosted 12U Tier 5 with 16 teams from around the state. Tournament format was double elimination with two HYAA teams qualified and participating. Thirty games later, the Champion game resulted in Hastings Blue first place, Farmington Orange second place and Hastings Yellow third place.

The Hastings teams play in TriCounty Fastpitch League which is part of Minnesota Softball.

The 12U age level had 12 tiers (State Tournament locations) and HYAA had three teams playing, about 204 teams, with an average of 11 players per team puts about 2,244 athletics on the ballfield last week.

The 10u age level had 10 tiers (State Tournament locations) and two HYAA team participated, almost 200 teams played, not all the teams went to a state tournament.

HYAA has three teams going to a National Tournament as a result of their hard work this season.

MN Softball provides more playing opportunities for the girls to play another five weeks of softball in the fall starting in August through the end of September with doubleheader games on the weekend.

HYAA Baseball has multiple teams that will participate in playoffs starting this week.

Hastings 12U Blue Softball team took first place championship at Minnesota Softball Tier 5 state tournament. Front L-R Maddy Trapp, Adalynn Strand, Madalyn McNamara, Sammie Allen, Ellie Cook. Back L-R Head Coach Adam McNamara, Shiloh Ashcraft, Ella Hauschildt, Alayna Freiermuth, Jill McTague, Natalie Leifeld, Gabby Larson –Assistant Coach Teresa Kusske. Picture courtesy of Adam McNamara.

Hastings 12U Yellow Softball took third place at Minnesota Softball Tier 5 state tournament. Left to right front row: Madison Ross, Madison Gangelhoff, Stella Thurmes, Zeppelyn Rupprecht/ Back row left to right: Coach Chuck Robinson, Khloe Anselment, Emma Seleski, Leighton Robinson, Sophia Braaten, Lily Watts, Mya Bauer, Coach Lara Bauer. Picture courtesy of John Thurmes

13A Blue defeats Edina, Minnetonka, and South St. Paul enroute to a 5th place State Finish. Front row L/R: Isaac Reuter, Elijah Christopher. Middle row: coach Rodney Mitchell, Zachary Simon, Ryker Ackley, Layne Moulder, Carson Herman, Owen Foster, Isaac Waxlax. Back row: coach Gary Ackley, coach Ryan Olson, Payton Olson, Trent Nassen, head coach Derek Simon, coach Ryan Foster. Photo courtesy of Ryan Olson

Hastings 10U Yellow Softball took third place at Minnesota Softball Tier 6 state tournament. Left to right: Coach Savannah Johnson, Olivia Boardman, Coach Elisa Porter, Olivia Porter, Maya Tavernier, Josie Strong, Autumn Aaron, Lenley McNamara, Addy Roff, Libby Niederkorn, Coach Kelly Niederkorn, Emily Rotty, Sophia Burr, and Coach Rebecca Porter. Picture courtesy of Kelly Niederkorn.

Hastings 12AAA Baseball team took third place at MBT State Tournament. Front row, L to R, Isaac Meyers, Payton Perseke, Luke Hargis, Seth Leary. Second row, L to R, Joey Horton, Luke Birken, Luke Werner, Brady Hendrickson, Owen Seleski, Zander McVicker. Coaches, L to R, Assistant Coach Chris Perseke, Assistant Coach Dean Meyers, Assistant Coach Martin McVicker, Head Coach Ryan Hendrickson. Photo courtesy of Tony Horton.

Veterans Park was busy this weekend with the girls 12U State Softball Tournament. Hastings volunteers do a great job hosting this tournament at an aging facility and clearly, tournaments like this draw visitors to town. A discussion that has been taking place as one of many reasons to argue for significant upgrades and updates at the facility, including an expansion. Photo Submitted

July 13, 2022