Just a few weeks ago, the Hastings College softball team hit the low part of its season. The defending Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season champions had lost eight of 10 games to fall below the .500 mark.
When the Broncos entered Tuesday’s home doubleheader with rival Doane, they were sitting third in the conference standings after having won six games in a row.
HC (20-17, 9-5) extended that winning streak to seven by beating the Tigers (26-13, 8-8) 3-0 in the opener before falling 5-1 in the nightcap at the Smith Softball Complex.
Regardless, it has been quite the turnaround, said head coach Troy Baker.
“It happened a few weeks ago. I think we hit a home run, and I don’t know who it was, but all of sudden we just started hitting again. The floodgates opened, and it just continued,” he said.
But the second loss hurts, not just because it ended a string of wins.
Baker said he and the players truly felt that they had to win out the rest of their conference games if they wanted to repeat their regular season conference championship. The Broncos now trail conference-leader Morningside by two games, and with six games left in the conference slate, they’ll need plenty of good fortune to fall their way.