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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Essig tops SE in three game series

  • The season is over for the Sleepy Eye amateur team after going 1-2 against Essig.
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  • The season is over for the Sleepy Eye amateur team after going 1-2 against Essig.
     
    On July 25, Sleepy Eye hosted Essig for game one. The Bluejays started out strong after a couple of hits plus an RBI single from Erich Prokosch put them on the board.
     
    Sleepy Eye’s first run came in the fourth inning after a single plus a stolen base was made from Andrew Woitas which followed by a sacrifice from Jake Bohnen. Another sacrifice from Alan Woitas scored in Andrew Woitas to record the run. The Indians weren’t done there as a single RBI from Sam Hirschboeck was made to take a 2-1 lead.
     
    In the sixth, a RBI double by Scott Salfer gave Sleepy Eye a 4-1 lead. Hirschboeck followed with a RBI single off of an Essig catching error. The Indians added some insurance runs in the seventh after an RBI single from Joey Walter and a double from Bohnen added even more to end the game with a 7-1 victory.
     
    Sean Mathiowetz went nine innings and recorded eight strikeouts on the mound to earn the win. Walter went 3-for-5 at bat. Both Bohnen and Alan Woitas went 2-for-4. Salfer meanwhile, recorded two RBI in the win.
     
    On July 27, Essig hosted Sleepy Eye for an exciting game two of the best-of-three series.
     
    The Indians started on a strong note, after a home run was hit from Bohnen and another run was scored off of hits from Alan Woitas and Zach Salfer to grab a 2-0 lead.
     
    However, the Bluejays responded even stronger. It started when Mitch Stueber brought home Terry Helget with a RBI in the second to grab the first run. In the third, singles from Jordan Guggisberg, Tim Kehren and Kyle Helget gave Essig a big opportunity. The runs came soon after when a single from Dusty Fleck turned into a three-run play because of two Sleepy Eye throwing errors. To top things off, Erich Prokosch cracked one over the fence for a home run and Essig had a 5-2 lead.
     
    The runs for the Bluejays didn’t stop there, as two more were added in the fourth to take a commanding 7-2 lead. The runs came off of a two-RBI double from Fleck, who brought home Guggisberg and K. Helget.
     
    Despite the score, the game was far from over. In a drastic shift of momentum, the Indians scored six runs over the next three innings. In the fifth, a double from Matt Berkner plus another solo home run, this time from Walter, made it 7-4. The next inning was even more successful for Sleepy Eye, as singles were made by Alan Woitas and Z. Salfer which followed by a RBI double from Hirschboeck. A sacrifice RBI from Berkner plus a single RBI from Walter tied the game 7-7. In the seventh, a walk and a stolen base from Mathiowetz and a sacrifice advanced him to third, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to grab the lead.
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    Essig tied it up again with a RBI, but Sleepy Eye had other plans. The Indians pulled away in the eighth after scoring five runs. Hits from Hirschboeck, S. Salfer and Walter scored one, while Mathiowetz scored one with a single and a walk thrown scored another. Bohnen added two more runs with a double, and a sacrifice from Alan Woitas made it 13-8.
     
    Just when the Bluejay crowd began to lose hope, Essig had its own big rally. The final comeback began when Kyle Krzmarzick hit a RBI single with bases loaded. A walk thrown from Z. Salfer scored another. A two-RBI single was then hit from Kehren, which allowed K. Helget to blast one over the Sleepy Eye center fielder to get the walk off, 14-13 win.
     
    Kehron, K. Helget, and Fleck each had two RBI in the win. Prokosch, Krzmarzick, Guggisberg, and Mitch Stueber each had one RBI. Both Prokosch and Guggisberg scored three runs. On the mound, Fleck delivered one strikeout, two walks, seven runs and seven hits over five innings. Jory Dove, T. Helget, and Prokosch combined for one strikeout, five walks and six runs over three hits.
     
    For the Indians, Walter led with four RBI and two runs after going 3-for-6. Bohnen had three RBI and one run after going 2-for-4. Alan Woitas, S. Salfer, Mathiowetz, and Hirschboeck scored two runs apiece. The Woitas brothers combined for one strikeout, two walks and eight runs on 12 hits.
     
    On July 29, Essig defeated Sleepy Eye 6-1 in game three of the series. The Bluejays were dominant at the plate, recording nine hits throughout the first four innings.
     
    Essig scored two runs in the first after singles were made from Kehren and K. Helget which led to a double from Fleck. Another RBI double came from Stueber in the third and the Bluejays had a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye struggled to record hits at the plate. The Indians hit under the ball or right to the Essig fielders on multiple occasions.
     
    Fleck hit another double to start the fifth, which led to another RBI double, this time from T. Helget to put more runs on the board.
     
    The only run for Sleepy Eye came in eighth when a triple was hit from Matt Berkner followed by a RBI from Walter to put the Indians on the board.
     
    In the ninth, the Bluejays recorded two more hits plus an intentional walk from Mathiowetz loaded the bases and led to a two-RBI double from Stueber to put the game away.
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    The Indians finish their season with a 12-12 record while Essig will move on to play in regional play.
     

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