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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Sleepy Eye Indians split double header

  • It was a day full of baseball on April 21 as the Indians hosted the Rockets in a double header.
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  • It was a day full of baseball on April 21 as the Indians hosted the Rockets in a double header.
     
    Sleepy Eye wasted no time in the first inning. Senior Brandon Polesky started things off with a single, and stole second to give the Indians an early opportunity. A double from junior Matt Berkner brought home Polesky to take the lead. The lead was quickly broken however, after Comfrey managed to get some big hits off of Sleepy Eye pitcher Dylan Klein in the second inning. A couple of missed catches from the Indians allowed the Rockets to load the bases and score a total of five runs in the inning to take a three run lead.
     
    It was then Sleepy Eye’s turn to have the big half inning. The Indians fully took advantage of Comfrey’s poor pitching in the bottom of the second as a combination of walks and RBIs led them to a six run inning. Polesky hit an RBI single which was followed by a two RBI single from Klein which tied the game at five. It was then Berkner who hit a sacrifice fly to send Polesky home to take a 6-5 lead. Two more runs were scored after hits from senior Sam Hirschboeck and sophomore Alex Bruggeman.
     
    The Rockets tied the game at eight in the sixth inning, but Sleepy Eye scored three runs of its own in the sixth which was enough to win.
     
    Berkner ended the game going 3-for-3 at bat, with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI. Polesky went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
     
    The Rockets started game two on a strong note after three straight hits plus a triple gave them a 5-0 lead. The lead was brought to 11-0 in the second, after Comfrey scored six more. Indians Coach Aaron Nesvold said his team had a tough time defensively in the start of game two.
     
    “Our pitchers struggled in the first two innings,” Nesvold said. “Alex Bruggeman came in and held the Rockets at bay.”
     
    Bruggeman gave Sleepy Eye the much-needed defense after throwing seven strikeouts, three hits and just one walk in the final four and a half innings. The Indians were finally able to get their bats going in the third after scoring two runs, and scored three more in the fifth to grab some momentum. Despite the deficit, Sleepy Eye never gave up as it scored four more runs in the final innings to make it a game.
     
    “We were able to chip away at their lead and had a couple of missed opportunities to tie or take the lead, but fell short,” Nesvold said.
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    Hirschboeck led the Indians after going 4-for-4 at bat, scoring two runs and hitting two RBI. Meanwhile, sophomore Kolten Nienhaus added two RBI. Sleepy Eye moves to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in the Tomahawk Conference.
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