The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team traveled to Stark to take on the Longhorns during the round robin league playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 5.
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The Longhorns came to play on Saturday and took the game in the second inning with a homerun from Joey Wahl (3-3, 3 RBI) with Dusty Mangen on base. In the third inning, Adam Sellner (3-4, 2 RBI) hit a line drive down center field for a double that sent Sean Mathiowetz home and put the Longhorns up 3-0.
As the game continued, the Stark boys continued to widen the deficit. Wahl walked in the fourth. Jake Mangen got a base hit. Tim Seifert (1-4, 1 RBI) hit a line drive to left field and Wahl scored. Both J. Mangen and Seifert scored as well as Brandon Helget (2-5, 1 RBI) for a four-run inning.
In the top of the eighth, the Indians finally fired back. Carter Brinkman got walked and Alex Woitas hit a grounder towards third. Errors cost the Longhorns with Woitas reaching second and Brinkman at third. Woitas scored on an error at first with Joey Walter at bat.
As if to keep the Indians from getting hopeful for a win, Longhorn Wahl stepped into the box again; after two strikes and two balls, he wound up and rocked another homerun out of the park for an 8-2 lead.
Andrew Woitas (2-4) managed a run in the top of the ninth for Sleepy Eye, but it wasn’t enough and the game was over. Andrew Woitas took the loss on the mound, pitching four innings. He struck out two and walked three and was charged for seven hits and seven runs with six errors.
For the Longhorns, Jon Kopacek won on the mound pitching all nine innings. He struck out four and walked four. He allowed four hits and three runs.
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The Indians came home to host the Lamberton Longsox on Sunday. The Indians’ rough weekend continued as Lamberton pulled ahead by two in the top of the first inning.
Alex Woitas (1-3) scored in the third off a base hit from Alex Sellner (1-4, 2 RBI) to pull the Indians within one run of a tie.
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