The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team had a three game journey ahead of them in the Amateur League playoffs. On Friday, July 28, the Indians hosted the Leavenworth Orioles in game one.

The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team had a three game journey ahead of them in the Amateur League playoffs. On Friday, July 28, the Indians hosted the Leavenworth Orioles in game one.

Sleepy Eye 10

Leavenworth 3

The Indians took charge of the game in the bottom of the third with a walk on from Alex Woitas, who went on to score.

The Orioles had no response for Alex Sellner on the mound. In the bottom of the fifth, the Indians dug deep and put five runs on the board.

Carter Brinkman and Alex Woitas walked. Joey Walter (2-5) and Sellner (3-4, 2 RBI) got base hits. Brinkman scored on an error and Alex Woitas scored from Sellner’s base hit. Matt Berkner (1-5, 1 RBI) hit into fielders choice and loaded the bases. Alan Woitas hit a sacrifice play to center field. Andrew Woitas (3-3, 2 RBI) followed up with a hit to right field, sending Sellner and Berkner home.

The Indians weren’t done with the Orioles yet, as they put in three more runs in the bottom of the seventh due to errors. Sellner, Allan Woitas and Andrew Woitas all scored off errors.

The Orioles managed three runs in the top of the eighth. Derek Skovbroten was hit by a pitch and scored off a line drive to left field from Billy Cook (2-4, 1 RBI). An error put Zach Mickelson on base. Cook and Mickelson scored before the Indians shut down the inning.

Sellner took the win on the mound, pitching nine innings. He struck out five and walked one. He allowed six hits and three runs.

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Leavenworth 7

With their win in game one, the Indians could end the best of three early with a second win over Leavenworth—which is exactly what they did on Wednesday, July 30.

In the top of the first, Walter (2-5, 2 RBI) hit a line drive for a base hit and scored off of Berkner’s (2-4) base hit.

In the second and third innings, Leavenworth looked like they might take the game. Mickelson and Cook (4-5, 1 RBI) scored in the bottom of the second for the 2-1 lead.

The Orioles had a big inning in the third, adding four runs to their lead. Skovbroten (2-4) and Jevan Richert (2-4) started things off with base hits. Mickelson was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded. Andy Cook (1-4, 2 RBI) stepped into the box and sent a line drive to right field—Skovbroten and Richert scored. J. Cook sent Mickelson home on a line drive to left field and Jaden Mickelson (2-4) made a sacrifice play for A. Cook and he scored.

In the top of the sixth, the Indians found an opening and did some damage to the scoreboard. 

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