After two wins in the previous week, putting their winning streak at three games, the Sleepy Eye Indians took the field at home against the Knights of St. Mary’s, on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, and took a defeat 11-0.
St. Mary’s came out ready to play, though, despite the warm weather, the Indians were ice cold.
After the lead off batter struck out, in the top of the first inning, Knights hitter, Emily Schumacher drew a walk and after stealing second base, she scored on a passed ball. Jenna Hose came to the plate and reached first on a dropped third strike, took second on a passed ball. and was eventually driven in on a double by Maddy Helget. Helget found herself on third base on yet another passed ball and crossed the plate on a toss to first which caught the Indians sleeping. At the close of the top of the first innings, the Knights took a 3-0 lead over the Indians.
St. Mary’s pitching made light work of the Indians in Sleepy Eye Public’s half of the inning, with all three outs coming by way of strike outs. The sole base runner of the inning was Jordyn Domeier who managed to reach on an error by the Knight’s, but Sleepy Eye could not take advantage of the mistake.
After a couple uneventful innings, St. Mary’s added five more runs in the top of the fourth.
After the first three Knights batters reached, the fourth (Schumacher) struck out, another Knights single to drive in a run, a Maddy Helget walk, Hose driving in two, Karissa Fleck and Pelzel both singling with Pelzel driving in one run, The Indians were finally able to get themselves out of the inning. Yet the damage had been done. The Knights boosted their lead to 8-0.
In the fifth inning, despite a shoulder injury forcing Sydney Remus out of the pitching role and Carly Jensen coming in relief, Sleepy Eye was able to hold the Knights scoreless.
St. Mary’s was able to add another run in the sixth, putting them on top 9-0, and added two more runs in the top of the seventh as they capitalized on a couple Indians’ errors allowing the Knights to walk away with a convincing 11-0 victory over the Sleepy Eye Indians.