Broncos ousted from GPAC tourney

Hastings College shortstop Gabe Salas fields the ball against
Dakota Wesleyan during the GPAC tournament Friday at
Duncan Field.

For most of the season, offense had been a problem for the Hastings College baseball team. The Broncos averaged just 2.6 runs per game against GPAC opponents in the regular season. But through the first two games of the conference tournament, HC scored 12 runs.

In Friday's elimination game against Dakota Wesleyan, the offense continued to score runs.

But it just wasn't enough, as seventh-seeded Hastings fell to the eighth-seeded Tigers 10-8 in a nine-inning game — all of Friday's games in the tournament were nine innings after the teams play seven-inning contests during the regular season — that featured emotional highs and lows for both teams.

"You throw in the fact that it's the end of the year and that makes it tough," said Hastings head coach Jim Boeve, whose Broncos end the regular season 14-28. "And then your kids make a good comeback and put themselves in a position to win and you can't finish the deal; it's just a tougher way to end it when something like that happens."

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