By Bruce Karnick [email protected] Spring sports are hitting the peak of their season and the Raider Girls Softball team is no exception. Having played nine games in nine days. This last week …
By Bruce Karnick
Spring sports are hitting the peak of their season and the Raider Girls Softball team is no exception. Having played nine games in nine days. This last week featured a double header on Tuesday at Mahtomedi on Tuesday the fourth, at North on the fifth, at Henry Sibley on the sixth and home against North on the seventh.
The double header at Mahtomedi started off a pitchers’ duel, Mahtomedi had four hits all game and they held Hastings hitless. The Zephyrs won game one 1-0. Game two, the Raiders won 9-5, earning the split.
May fifths game sounds like it was the one to be at for the week if you are a softball fan, North has been the perennial powerhouse of the Metro East Conference in Softball for years. After two innings, North had the lead. In the top of the third, Hastings’ Kendal Jenkins started the scoring for the Raiders with a solo home run. That began a five run, top of the third for Hastings.
North cut into the lead with one more run in the bottom of the third to make it 5-3 Hastings, then Hastings stepped on the gas again in the fifth scoring three more and then four more in the sixth. Heading into the seventh inning, Hastings had the lead 12-5.
In the top of the seventh, Kendal hit an infield single, and Reanna Reinke flew out to second. That is when Lauren Jenkins, Kendal’s younger sister stepped up to the plate. Lauren had to show up her older sister, so she put one over the fence for a tworun homer with her sister on base. Hastings won 14-5 over a very tough North team.
At Henry Sibley, The Raiders fell to the Warriors 14-9 and the final game of the week was a rematch with North, this time at home. The change of venue did not help the Raiders at all and North got revenge on Hastings, downing the Raiders 16-0.
The regular season ends with four games. May 11th home against Simley, May 12th at Simley, May 13th at Tartan and hosting South St Paul on May 18th. Note, the game AT Simley is currently listed as postponed on the softball hub but listed as active on the MEC website. The postponed notation is an old designation.
Sisters Kendal and Lauren Jenkins both hit home runs in the Raiders 14-5 win over North St. Paul. Photo Courtesy of Chris Jenkins.