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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Bluejays out-hit St. James, escape past Orioles

  • The Essig amateur baseball team closed out its regular season last week with wins over St. James and Leavenworth.
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  • The Essig amateur baseball team closed out its regular season last week with wins over St. James and Leavenworth.
     
    On July 16, the Bluejays defeated St. James 9-4 on the road. Essig went on a hitting frenzy, out-hitting the A’s 17-6. Dusty Fleck led the team at bat after knocking out a solo home run and also going 4-for-5 with four RBI. Behind him was Jordan Guggisberg, who went 3-for-6 with a RBI double. Meanwhile, Terry Helget went 3-for-4 with his son Jay Helget going 2-for-3. Kyle Krzmarzick added two hits, one of which was a two-RBI double.
     
    Defensively, Fleck led the team after recording five strikeouts, four hits, and no walks over four innings. Ted Mohr was the winning pitcher after recording no strikeouts, no walks and one hit over three innings. T. Helget stepped in for the final inning and issued two strikeouts to close the game.
     
    On July 20, the Bluejays hosted Leavenworth for their final game of the regular season and narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings. Krzmarzick and J. Helget hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom ninth to send the game into extra innings. It was then Mitch Stueber who hit a RBI sacrifice fly to bring in Kyle Helget, who hit a single earlier in the inning.
     
    Winning pitcher went to Jory Dove, who had three strikeouts, no walks, two hits and no runs. Behind him was Tim Kehren, who had six strikeouts, no walks, three hits and one run. Kehren also went 2-for-5 on the plate. For Leavenworth, Jordan Vogel led on the mound, recording 10 strikeouts, six walks, seven hits and two runs. Billy Cook had a RBI double, while Mike Hirsch went 2-for-4 with a double. Zach Mickelson went 2-for-5 with a double as well.
     
    Essig finishes its regular season with a record of 8-12 and will take on Sleepy Eye in a three-game series to begin playoffs this weekend. Meanwhile, Leavenworth finishes its season at 5-15 and will play its best of three series against Hanska.

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