The Sleepy Eye Indians have gone 2-1 in their first three playoff games to kick off the Region 2C tournament.

The Sleepy Eye Indians have gone 2-1 in their first three playoff games to kick off the Region 2C tournament.

On August 3, the Indians traveled to Lamberton to take on the Longsox for their first postseason game. The innings went by quickly, as the game turned into a pitching dual between Sleepy Eye’s Andrew Woitas and Lamberton’s Johnny Pistulka. Woitas gave up six hits, one run, and one walk, but threw seven strikeouts to lead the Indians on the field. Pistulka allowed four hits, two walks, and threw 13 strikeouts.

The game was abruptly over in the 10th inning after Lamberton was able to load the bases after a couple of hits. What then looked like an easy defensive play for the Indians turned into a controversial call at second base. A grounder was hit straight up the middle and a Longsox runner was called safe when he slid into second base, which advanced a runner to score and win the game.

Sleepy Eye went into its second playoff game with a strong determination to win after the loss to Lamberton. The Indians hosted the Brewers on August 4, where they would use that determination to get past the powerful hitting team of New Ulm.

The Indians wasted no time at bat, as Joey Walter led off with a bunt single and proceeded to steal second, while Andrew Woitas made his own bunt. It was then Jake Bohnen who came in and hit a huge double to left field which scored Walter. Sleepy Eye left a total of four runners on base after the first two innings, but added to its lead after Sean Mathiowetz hit in Scott Salfer in the bottom second.

It was then New Ulm’s turn to score. The Brewers scored three runs from a triple in the fourth inning to take the lead 3-2, only to add another run in the top of the fifth.

But the Indians rallied back in the fifth to retake the lead, after hits by Bohnen, John Mangen, Salfer, and the Woitas twins allowed them to score three runs. Sleepy Eye’s defense was able to hold off New Ulm for the rest of the game.

Alan Woitas threw three strikeouts to lead the Indians on the mound. St. James draftee Kyle Pinke pitched for one inning while Matt Helget came in afterward to throw two strikeouts in the last two innings. Lead hitters include Bohnen, who went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, and Andrew Woitas who also went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

On August 6, Sleepy Eye traveled to Springfield to take on the Tigers. Both teams hit well throughout the game. The Indians trailed the Tigers by a run or two for the first couple of innings. The real excitement began in the eighth inning, as Sleepy Eye was down 4-5 but was able to catch up after a big triple from Walter. Mathiowetz had a perfect sacrifice hit to bring Walter home to tie the game 5-5. This followed by base hits from Bohnen and Alan Woitas, both of which were sent home after a double by Kelly Krzmarzick which brought the score to 7-5 Sleepy Eye.

Springfield responded with two runs of their own to tie the game 7-7 to end the eighth inning, but it was the Woitas twins who saved the day in the ninth. Andrew Woitas was able to score off of a crucial double by his twin Alan Woitas to take the lead and the game, 8-7.

The Indians will travel to Leavenworth on August 9 at 8 p.m. for their fourth playoff game.