The Sleepy Eye Indians amateur baseball team has won five and have lost five since their opening game on May 5. The team competes in the Tomahawk East League of the Minnesota Baseball Association.
The Indians started their season with a 2-3 loss to the Lamberton LongSox, and lost to them again on May 31. Sleepy Eye won only two games in May, beating the Gibbon Reds 7-1 and the Essig Blue Jays 8-5.
Recently, the Indians defeated the New Ulm Brewers 8-6 on June 14, beat the Hanska Lakers 3-2 on June 16, but lost to the Leavenworth Orioles 3-5 on Jun 18.
On June 14, Sleepy Eye scored five runs in the second inning to take a safe lead, but the Brewers caught up in the seventh after a three run push. New Ulm scored two more in the ninth, but the Indians held strong. Alan Woitas and Cody Walter combined for three hits and four RBI.
On June 16, a defensive game took place but Sleepy Eye managed two runs in the sixth which was enough to take the game. John Mangen led the way with two hits, one of which was the game-winning hit in the 10th inning. Mangen also had one run and one RBI. Nolan Helget hit a two-run home run to lead the Indians.
Sleepy Eye left 13 players on base on June 18 against Leavenworth. The Orioles took an early lead after scoring single runs in the first couple of innings.
The top of the sixth inning was a rough one for the Indians, as Leavenworth hit a couple of base hits along with a double for even more opportunities. The Orioles scored two runs off of hits and one more off of a wild pitch.
Sleepy Eye brought some hope to the fans in the seventh. The Indians were able to score two runs after some walks, hits, and an error by the Orioles. But it wasn’t enough.
Sleepy Eye will travel to Searles on June 23 but will be back home again when they host New Ulm on June 26 at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Sleepy Eye Legion team is now on a three-game winning streak after it defeated St. Peter 7-5 on June 17. Jordan Anderson went 3-4 at bat, while Mitch Neid went 2-4 with one RBI.
Before that, the team beat Fairmont 5-3 at home, with John Mangen leading the way in pitching and hitting. Mangen threw four strikeouts through seven innings and had two RBI at bat. Sleepy Eye will host Mankato on June 20 at 8 p.m. and then travel to Mankato on June 24 for their next couple of games.
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