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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Indians outlast Brewers, Grizzlies

  • The Sleepy Eye Indians are now 10-6 after taking out the top ranked Brewers as well as sweeping Searles in a double header.
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  • The Sleepy Eye Indians are now 10-6 after taking out the top ranked Brewers as well as sweeping Searles in a double header.
     
    On June 27, Sleepy Eye hosted New Ulm where the Indians got revenge over its 11-1 loss to the Brewers earlier in the season. The Indians broke open the bats right away with singles from Sean Mathiowetz, Andrew Woitas, Jake Bohnen and Alan Woitas which scored the first run for Sleepy Eye. Despite the three runners left on base, the Indians grabbed the 1-0 lead to get the early momentum.
     
    In the third, two more runs were added after the trio of Andrew Woitas, Alan Woitas and Bohnen got on base again which allowed Scott Salfer and Matt Berkner to hit RBI singles. Meanwhile, Alan Woitas led the Indians on the mound, showing solid pitching as the rest of the team played well in the field.
     
    New Ulm meanwhile, who have led the Tomahawk East Conference so far this season, couldn’t get anything going. The first close chance was in the fifth, after two Brewers got on base with two outs but a pop fly ended the opportunities. In the seventh, more RBI singles, this time from Scott and Zach Salfer, gave Sleepy Eye a 5-0 lead. A catching error from New Ulm helped score a run in the inning.
     
    In the eighth, the Brewers hit three straight singles followed by a sac RBI to score their first. However, the chances ended when a close play at second resulted in Sleepy Eye’s favor to get the third out.
     
    Leading hitters include S. Salfer, who went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Meanwhile, Alan Woitas went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. He also threw one strikeout and just two walks on the mound. Bohnen went 3-for-4 with a run as well.
     
    Coach Bruce Woitas said it was nice to get the win over a tough opponent.
     
    “I think it’s important, we’re capable of playing a lot better baseball than we have been so it was kind of nice to see that tonight.”
     
    On June 29, the Indians were on the road as they took on Searles in a double header.
     
    Game one was an exciting one, as both teams were tied at two which put the game into extra innings. Searles scored the first two, after some hits including a double were hit in the second. After four scoreless innings, Sleepy Eye responded with two runs of its own after hits from the Woitas brothers along with Bohnen.
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    In the 11th, both teams scored one which kept the game going. In the 13th, hits from Joey Walter and Mathiowetz gave the Indians the run to win the game 4-3.
     
    It was a much different scenario in game two. Sleepy Eye dominated at bat, recording 11 hits which gave the team seven runs after the first four innings. Andrew Woitas hit a home run in the second, while Joey Walter belted a home run of his own in the fourth. Defensively, Z. Salfer threw three strikeouts and no walks to lead on the mound. The Grizzlies scored their sole run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough as the Indians won 7-1.
     
    Sam Hirschboeck led the team after going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Justin Helget went 1-for-1, while Walter and Mathiowetz each went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Walter had three RBI while Andrew Woitas had two.

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