A total of five errors were made by the Sleepy Eye Public baseball team on May 10 when the Indians traveled to Wabasso.

A total of five errors were made by the Sleepy Eye Public baseball team on May 10 when the Indians traveled to Wabasso.


Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but the Rabbits quickly pulled away after scoring three in the second, two in the third and eight more in the fourth. Wabasso took advantage of Sleepy Eye’s poor pitching and defense to earn the five inning victory.


Meanwhile, the Indians struggled at the plate as the Rabbit defense was too strong to get by.


“Indians were shorthanded and did not show up ready to compete,” Sleepy Eye Coach Aaron Nesvold said.


Senior Sam Hirschboeck led the team after going 2-for-2 at bat, with two RBIs and hitting a home run. Behind him was sophomore Austin Fischer, who hit one double and had two RBIs.


On May 13, Sleepy Eye hosted Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart where the Indians broke their losing streak and won 12-8.


The Mustangs got on the board early after a double plus a single scored a run. Sleepy Eye barely missed two catches which would have prevented runs in the first. A missed throw to second base scored another for BLHS.


Despite the early mishaps, the Indians responded with three runs in the second, taking advantage of the poor Mustang pitching. Three walks and a two RBI single from Marc Riederer scored enough to take the lead.


Sleepy Eye stretched its lead even further in the fourth, with more walks and hits. Freshman Sam Tessmer and Hirschboeck each had RBIs in the inning.


The Indians got in a little trouble in the sixth, when two doubles from BLHS scored two runs to shorten its deficit to 8-12. The Mustangs were looking to score more but a diving catch made by senior Brandon Polesky in center field thwarted any more opportunities.


Polesky led Sleepy Eye, going 4-for-5, while Tessmer went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Sophomore Kolten Nienhaus went 0-0 on the night with four walks and three scored runs.


Nesvold said he was glad to see his team grab a well-deserved win.


“I’m hoping we got the monkey off our back a little bit,” Nesvold said.


Nesvold said his team is already thinking about playoffs. Seeding for the playoffs was pushed back by a couple days due to game cancellations. Nesvold said it gives his team more time to prepare.


“I told the kids it was kind of a gift, we have to do something with it. We do something tonight and we go to Cathedral on Thursday. If we can get one or two there that’s huge.”


The Indians move to 4-10 overall, and 3-10 in the Tomahawk Conference. Springfield stands on top of the conference with a record of 13-2.