The Sleepy Eye Public baseball team is now 3-7 on the year.

The Sleepy Eye Public baseball team is now 3-7 on the year.

On May 1, the Indians traveled to Wabasso where a close game played out. After a defensive battle in the first two innings, Sleepy Eye was first to strike after senior Brandon Polesky scored a run. However, the Rabbits responded with a run in the next half inning.

The Indians pitched well up until the fourth inning, in which a few walks and a couple more hits resulted in two more runs for Wabasso which was enough to win. Sophomore Kolten Nienhaus and Polesky led Sleepy Eye, each going 1-for-3 at bat.

On May 2, the Indians hosted Springfield, who were just handed their first loss of the season the day before to New Ulm Cathedral.

The Tigers showed why they are one of the top teams in the conference after opening up the first inning with a 10 run lead. A combination of walks and hits thrown from a struggling Austin Fischer on the mound resulted in the rough opening inning.

“We struggled finding the strike zone early in the game, which lead to too many walks, which led to too many runs,” Coach Aaron Nesvold said.

However, Sleepy Eye wasn’t going to give up the game that easily as doubles from Sam Hirschboeck and Alex Bruggeman gave the Indians four runs in the first to shorten the deficit.

Unfortunately, the momentum for Sleepy Eye stopped there as Wabasso’s strong defense kept the Indians at bay for the rest of the game. Sleepy Eye had a couple of opportunities after recording nine total hits, but left multiple runners on base in the loss.

Bruggeman led the Indians after his two RBI double in the first, while Polesky went 2-for-3 scoring one run.

On May 5, Sleepy Eye was in Fairfax where it took on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.

Despite two more hits, the Indians made six errors which allowed the Thunderbirds to score in almost every inning. After a 1-6 deficit after the third, Sleepy Eye grabbed some momentum in the fourth and cut the lead to one. Berkner led with one RBI and one double. He went 3-for-4 on the day. Behind him was Polesky, who went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBIs. Bruggeman also batted in two runners, but walked seven batters on the mound, which allowed GFW to pull its lead even further to take the game.

On May 6, Sleepy Eye traveled to Minnesota Valley Lutheran.

The Chargers got three runs in the first inning which led them to a 4-2 Tomahawk Conference win. The Indians left six runners on base in the loss. Sleepy Eye had a chance to score in the seventh with two runners on, but a change of pitcher ended the opportunity.