Indians will play BOLD today (Thursday, June 7) 5 p.m. at Franklin Rogers Field in Mankato.
The Indians won their third playoff game, against New Ulm Cathedral, on Thursday, May 31 at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.
Sleepy Eye 1 Cathedral 0
Berg. Jacob Berg. That is the name that everyone needs to remember from this game. Berg was absolutely brilliant from the mound, pitching a no-hitter over the course of the seven inning game against the Greyhounds. He retired six hounds and only walked one batter throughout.
The pitching was outstanding from both teams, and the Indians struggled to find their footing offensively. After a concatenation of frustrating outs and last second saves by the Greyhounds, the Indians finally scored in the top of the sixth inning.
After a base hit by Zach Haala, a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Walter allowed him to advance to second. Haala waited at second patiently, until Carter Brinkman singled out to left field—Haala then progressed to third. Finally, Landon Strong was up to bat and hit a grounder to right field, allowing Haala to score the one run of the game.
Avery Stevens finished 2 for 3 from the plate with a couple singles. Strong went 1 for 3 with one RBI, and Haala went 1 for 3 with the one run scored.
Next up for the Indians was the as yet undefeated, number one seed, BOLD, on Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. at Franklin Roger Park.
Sleepy Eye 4 BOLD 1
Avery Stevens resumed his throne back on the mound on Saturday morning. He struck out 11 BOLD batters and gave up only one run on three hits.
It was 1-1 game after the first inning and a run scored by Zach Haala. The Indians wouldn’t clinch the lead until the fifth inning came around, due to the outstanding pitching by BOLD pitcher Jordan Sagedahl. Parker Neid had rounded to second after a couple walks, and then scored off of an error by BOLD. Score 2-1.
With the lead achieved, the Indians could have just leaned on Steven’s pitching, but they remained on the offensive to ensure that BOLD stayed down.
The last two runs of the game came in the seventh inning, off a Landon Strong single that scored Haala and Nathan Walter.
Strong went 2 for 4 with a single and a double, and three RBIs. Stevens went 1 for 3 with a single, and Haala scored two runs to help propel the Indians to the Section Championship game.
The Indians play for that championship— and a ticket to the State Tournament—Thursday, June 7, 5 p.m. at Franklin Rogers Park.