Home sweet home. Well, kind of.
The Hastings College baseball team finally got its chance to play under the lights at Duncan Field on Wednesday against NAIA No. 20 York, but the Broncos lost their Duncan Field opener 9-1 in an unconventional nine-inning game.
In an attempt to get his players back on the field and in some live-game situations, HC head coach Jim Boeve threw 10 different pitchers — each inning featured a new pitcher with the exception of the third inning, which had two — and played 15 different position players.
"We're trying to jam a weekend series of preparation into one night. You don't want to get to Friday or Saturday and have somebody that you need to come through for you and they haven't played for two weeks," said Boeve, whose team last competed March 17 and is slated to open conference play Friday at Doane. "We're close enough to Friday and Saturday that, pitching-wise, anybody you think you might need, you don't want to overuse tonight. That kind of lent itself to that style of play."