July 12: St. James 5, Sleepy Eye 0; July 14 game one: Sleepy Eye 19, Redwood 7; game two: Sleepy Eye 10, Searles 6
The Sleepy Eye Indians have gone 2-1 in their last three games, which has extended their overall record to 10-10.
Eight errors committed by the Indians resulted in a 0-5 loss to St. James on July 12. The Indians struggled to defend in the sixth inning, as all five runs from the A’s were scored in the sixth. Andrew Woitas pitched five and a half innings and was replaced by Sean Mathiowetz after Woitas struggled on the mound in the sixth. Woitas allowed four of the five runs for St. James.
On July 14, Sleepy Eye hosted the 1-16 team of Redwood Falls. The Indians scored 10 runs in the first inning and seven more in the second to show their dominance from the start.
Sleepy Eye took it easy for the rest of the game, and allowed some players who normally don’t get to hit, a chance to go at bat. Coach Bruce Woitas even made a plate appearance, and made connection with the ball, but unfortunately the hit went right toward the Redwood pitcher.
Sleepy Eye even allowed the Redbirds to score five runs in the seventh inning after Justin Helget struggled on the mound, but the game was still over after seven innings due to the 10 run rule. The Indians recorded a total of 20 hits and 19 runs. The Redwood pitchers threw a total of seven walks and only one strikeout.
Sean Mathiowetz went 3-for-4 and had three runs and three RBI to lead Sleepy Eye at bat. Andrew Woitas scored two runs and had three RBI as well. Alan Woitas scored three runs and also had three RBI. Kelly Krzmarzick, Matt Gangelhoff, Derek Nachreiner, and Andrew Bach had two RBI apiece.
Finally, Sleepy Eye took on Searles an hour later on July 14 where both teams recorded 10 or more hits. The Indians scored four runs early, and added five more in the fifth to take a 9-1 lead. But the Grizzlies almost caught up in the seventh after they scored five runs of their own after Alan Woitas struggled to throw well on the mound. Matt Helget took his place and led Sleepy Eye the rest of the way.
Top performers in the game include Mathiowetz, who led the Indians at bat with three hits, two runs and one RBI. Also, Alan Woitas had one run, two hits, three RBI and two stolen bases, while Andrew Woitas scored three runs. Sleepy Eye will host Essig on July 21 at 2 p.m. for its last regular season game of the summer.