The Sleepy Eye Indians softball team hosted the Wabasso Rabbits in a double header on Monday, April 17.

The Sleepy Eye Indians softball team hosted the Wabasso Rabbits in a double header on Monday, April 17.

Wabasso 7

Sleepy Eye 6

The Indians suffered a defeat in the first game, in spite of a push in the fifth and sixth inning. Katherine Schroepfer took the loss on the mound in game one, pitching seven innings and allowing seven runs, eight hits and striking out six.

In the top of the first, Wabasso pulled ahead with two runs and followed that up in second inning with two more, putting the Indians down 4-0. M’Kayla Mike got on base in the third inning and came home after Alexa Steffl doubled on a grounder. “I just knew we could get it back,” Steffl said. “We usually really bring it in the third inning, and that’s a problem we’re working on.”

Lauren Klein took a sacrifice bunt, getting Steffl to third. After Courtney Dittbenner walked, Mariah Miller singled to first. Miller advanced to second on a Rabbit error—which also sent both Steffl and Dittbenner home, putting the Indians behind by only one run.

It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Dittbenner found the ball again and sent it down center field. Steffl and Klein ran for home and the Indians were up 5-4. “I just couldn’t focus on myself,” said Dittbenner. “We communicate well out there when running.”

Wabasso took back the lead in the top of the sixth with three runners getting home. Mike gave the Indians one more chance to catch up, hitting to right field and bringing Leslie Flores home. Unfortunately, the Indians were unable to find home again and lost game one by one run.

“We were down in the game, but our bats came to deliver and almost got us the win,” said Coach Amber Waibel. “Unfortunately Wabasso is sharp defensively and we didn’t execute as well on defense.”

Wabasso 9

Sleepy Eye 6

The Indians again fell behind in the first two innings of the second game. Dittbenner lost on the mound, pitching six innings, surrendering nine runs, 12 hits and striking out one.

Dittbenner also gave the Indians the lead in the top of the first with a single that sent Klein home. Wabasso immediately retook the lead, scoring three runs. Mike was the only Indian batter to find a base in the second inning while Wabasso got two more runs to go up 5-1. The third inning was three up and three down for the Indians and Wabasso widened their lead by two.

In the top of the fifth, the Indians scored again when Karlie Ries grounded and made first on an error, which also got Steffl and Miller home. Wabasso got another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Ries again gave the Indians some hope with a double that got Dittbenner home. Mike sent a fly ball to center and Ries came home. Holly Helget followed her after a bad throw by Wabasso. The game ended at 9-6 Wabasso.

“The first two innings of both games really cost us,” said Waibel. “As much as we tried, we just couldn’t make it up.”

The Indians travel to Winthrop to play the GFW Thunderbirds on Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m.