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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Rough third inning dooms Indians in playoff

  • Sleepy Eye Public’s baseball season is over after the Indians fell to the Greyhounds on May 24 in New Ulm.
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  • New Ulm Cathedral 14, Sleepy Eye Public 4
     
    Sleepy Eye Public’s baseball season is over after the Indians fell to the Greyhounds on May 24 in New Ulm.
     
    Sleepy Eye allowed Cathedral to score seven runs in the third inning, which turned out to be the deal breaker as it was a back-and-forth game leading up to the third. The Indians started the game with some momentum after senior Brandon Polesky recorded a base hit followed by a RBI double from sophomore Alex Bruggeman to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Dylan Klein drove in Bruggeman with a single to make it 2-0.
     
    The Greyhounds quickly responded in the bottom of the first, capitalizing on two catching errors made by Sleepy Eye on the field. A couple of hits including a single home run and a two RBI single gave Cathedral a 3-2 lead. The lead was stretched to 4-2 in the next inning, after a triple and a sacrifice fly scored another.
     
    Despite the deficit, the Indians still had energy as a solo home run from junior Matt Berkner made it 3-4. It was then Klein who hit a big double which led to an RBI single from sophomore Austin Fischer to tie the game 4-4.
     
    However, the Greyhounds pulled away in the third after taking advantage of a struggling Klein on the mound. After a couple of hits plus a two RBI double made it 6-4, two walked batters and a wild pitch scored three more to make it 9-4. Finally, another two RBI double scored two more to end the inning with a score of 11-4.
     
    In the fourth, New Ulm scored one more after two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly gave the Greyhounds a 12-4 lead. Meanwhile, the Indians were held back offensively as the bats weren’t connecting. Cathedral ended the game in the bottom of the fifth after three more walks were thrown, this time by freshman Sam Tessmer. A fly and a single scored two more which ended the game with the 10 run rule. Coach Aaron Nesvold said his team struggled defensively, which has been an issue all year.
     
    “It’s just kind of a tale of our season in terms of how we weren’t able to execute defensively and sometimes on the mound,” Nesvold said. “The kids have been hitting the ball well all year. So I knew it wasn’t a matter of not being able to score runs, it was just going to come down to defense.”
     
    Page 2 of 2 - Sleepy Eye ends its season with an overall record of 6-13. The Indians will lose three key seniors this year, but in two years will boast 10 seniors. Nesvold said he has high hopes for his team in the next couple of years.
     
    “In the next year or two, I think we’ll finally get back to where Sleepy Eye baseball has been,” Nesvold said. “I’m hoping after that it just stays there and that becomes the expectation.”
     

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