The Sleepy Eye Indians took the home field Sunday afternoon, July 1, looking to complete a season series sweep of the Springfield Tigers. The Indians managed to hold off a late game rally to get the win, 5-4. Andrew Woitas got the start, matched against Mike Salazar of the Tigers. Woitas took a no hit no run effort into the fourth inning, when the Tiger’s Matt Vogel looped a single to right field. By then the Indians had a 3-0 lead. The Tigers’ Alex Fink lined a single and Ryan Sturm drove in Vogel to make the score 3-1.
Sleepy Eye established the early lead in the first inning when Joey Walter dumped a single to center and later scored on an Andrew Woitas RBI single. Sleepy Eye tacked on two more runs in the third inning after Jake Bohnen led off with a double and Andrew Woitas and Scott Salfer had back-to-back run scoring singles, bumping the score to 3-0.
In the bottom of the fourth the Indians got the run back from Springfield when Walter led off with a home run to right field for a 4-1 lead. There was no scoring until the seventh inning when the Tigers scored an unearned run that cut the Indians’ lead to 4-2. The Indians had a key run in the bottom of the eighth on an Andrew Woitas RBI double. Woitas was 3-5 at the plate with three RBI.
The Indians weren’t out of the woods yet. The Tigers plated a run in the top of the ninth inning on back-to-back doubles by Vogel and Fink to close the gap to 5-3. Coach Bruce Woitas brought in Matt Helget in relief of Woitas. Helget got the first out on a fly to left and the second when Christian Loomis lofted a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-4 with a runner on second base. Helget forced Salazar to ground out to third, ending the game.
Joey Walter: 3/5, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Alan Woitas: 3/5, 1 2B
Andrew Woitas: 3/4, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Nathan Kral: 2/4
Andrew Woitas (W): 8 innings, 4 runs, 7 hits, 4 SO, 1 BB
Matt Helget (S): 1 inning, no runs, 1 hit
The Indians have the week off and do not play until next Sunday, July 8 when they travel to Stark to face the Longhorns.
Sunday June 24 at Searles: Sleepy Eye 10, Searles 9
Joey Walter: 2/5, HR, 1 RBI
Alan Woitas: 2/4, 2 RBI
Andrew Woitas: 2/4, HR, 3 RBI,
Scott Salfer: 3/5, 2B
Matt Gangelhoff: 2/5, 2 RBI
Nathan Kral (W): 5 innings, 5 runs, 8 hits, 6 strikeouts, 1 BB
Matt Helget: 2 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, 2 BB
Alan Woitas (S): 1 inning, 1 run, 3 hits
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Wednesday June 27 at New Ulm: Sleepy Eye 5, New Ulm 1
Joey Walter: 2/5, 3B, 2 RBI
Alan Woitas: 2/4
Andrew Woitas: 2/5, 2B
Nathan Kral : 2/4 1 RBI
Sean Mathiowetz: 3/4
Alan Woitas (W): 8 2/3 innings, 1 run, 6 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 BB
Sean Mathiowetz (S): 1/3 inning, 1 strikeout