Tiger baseball starts out strong in year two

The Hastings Tigers practice indoors on March 19, 2018 (KHGI)

The Hastings High baseball team sported a 10–6 record in their first full season since the program was reinstated.

Hastings was bounced by Beatrice in the first round of the district tournament. This year the Tigers are hoping to build on the successes of last season and establish a lasting identity for the program.

"Getting right into the season, we don't have to necessarily break down some of the fundamentals as small as we had to," said head coach Blake Marquardt. "Now we can get into more advanced things early in the season, which is really nice."

So far they seem to be doing as much, bouncing back from a loss to undefeated Norris by splitting a series with a good Grand Island squad and rattling off five straight victories, three of which coming against Class A opponents. A really good start by the Tigers is attributed in part to nine seniors on the roster who know what's expected day to day.

"Well I think it's the second year and they know the system going into it. I mean a lot of these guys have played for me several years whether it's legion or high school," Marquardt said.

Hastings is 5–2 and they've done it mostly behind good pitching, giving up 15 runs during their five game win streak.

The Tigers are at the Central City/Fullerton co–op Tuesday for one game before getting a week away from the diamond.

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