The Hastings College baseball team continues to do just enough to stay in the hunt for a berth in the conference tournament.
The Broncos split weekend home doubleheaders with both Mount Marty and Dakota Wesleyan to remain in the eighth and final spot for the GPAC tournament, which will be played at Duncan Field beginning May 2. Hastings won its first game 2-1 against Mount Marty (16-22 overall, 8-8 GPAC) before dropping the nightcap 5-3 Saturday.
Sunday's opener against Dakota Wesleyan (20-21, 7-9) resulted in an 8-2 loss, but the Broncos bounced back with a 2-1 win in the second game.
In Sunday's opener, the Broncos (11-24, 7-9) didn't score their runs — both of which came on wild pitches — until the seventh inning. But HC got a big boost in game two from senior John LaMaster, who threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and an unearned run.
"That's what you want from your most veteran starter in that situation," HC head coach Jim Boeve said. "You've won one out of three on the weekend and you need a win, and we got what we needed. It's frustrating to come out and pitch when you keep throwing up zeros on offense, but he kept his composure.
"I'm happy for him, and obviously we needed the split to keep us in it. We're not dead yet."