The season is over for the Sleepy Eye Indians after a 1-2 loss to the Green Isle Irish in the first round of the Class C Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament on Aug. 17.
The only runs scored in the game for both teams were in the fourth inning. Green Isle took the lead after a crucial two-run home run allowed the Irish to have the lead advantage for the rest of the game.
Sleepy Eye responded in the bottom of the fourth after Jake Bohnen was able to score off of a sacrifice fly by Kelly Krzmarzick. But the Indians came up short as they could not score a single run for the rest of the game.
“We had chances but could not come up with the key hit when needed,” Coach Bruce Woitas said. “Green Isle got a two-run home run in the fourth and that was about all they got as we pitched and played well.”
The Indians were errorless and recorded eight hits in the game, but the defense by Green Isle was too hard to get by. Andrew Woitas led the Sleepy Eye defense with four strikeouts on the mound, but also gave up two walks, five hits and the two-run home run. Derek Skovbroten, a draftee from Leavenworth, pitched the next three innings for the Indians, while Alan Woitas threw the last two.
Joey Walter went 3-for-5 with one double to lead Sleepy Eye at bat, while Bohnen and Krzmarzick were responsible for the run.
The Indians end their season with an 18-14 record overall.