Five Points remains calm, confident entering state

Trey Asher (3) of Hastings Five Points touches home plate for the Chiefs in the A7 area championship, July 24, 2018, against Kearney Runza. (KHGI)

Despite falling to Kearney in the district title, Hastings Five Points Bank still clinched a state tournament spot as the A7 area runner-up.

Although they embark on a state journey coming off a tough loss, Hastings remains confident with their approach by keeping all areas of practice the same as they prep for their first game.

With only two days to regroup from districts, Five Points has hit the ground running, and confident of a bounce back in Elkhorn by relying on what helped them get to 39-6 at this point of the season.

"You have to do the things that are going to make you good defensively, you know there's only a few situations in baseball where defense is feeling under stressed and that's what we try to do in our pitchers fielding practice is make them understand what they got to do when base runners are on, what they got to do when base runners are close," head coach Kevin Asher said. "Not allowing second base to be an easy base to get to, we like to get live contact off the bat for our defense so they get some repetition on live fly–balls and live ground balls. So you do the things you've done all year long, you don't want to change anything."

Hastings departs for the American Division Friday afternoon, playing its first game Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against Elkhorn South.

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