The Indians defeated BOLD on Thursday, June 7 at Franklin Rogers Park, Mankato to take the Section 2A Championship and advance to the State Tournament.

The Indians defeated BOLD on Thursday, June 7 at Franklin Rogers Park, Mankato to take the Section 2A Championship and advance to the State Tournament.

Sleepy Eye 3  BOLD 2

The road for the Indians to get to where they are now has not been an easy one. They started out as the unlikely seventh seed, and after winning their first game against BLHS, they beat the two-seed Springfield Tigers and then the three-seed Cathedral Greyhounds. Then the Indians efeated the undefeated, number one seeded BOLD, sending them to the losers bracket.

Coming out of that gauntlet alone says mountains as to who these young men are, not only as baseball players but also as to how resilient they are as people.

BOLD worked their way back to the Section Championship game against the Indians. This was a close game, and with all the marbles on the line, the Indians came through. After jumping out to an early lead after a monstrous Landon Strong homer, and a couple of wild pitches that allowed Avery Stevens to score, the game was 2-0.

“Strong got us off to a great start,” said head coach Aaron Nesvold. “We were able to push another run across by excellent situational hitting.”

But BOLD wasn’t going to go away so easily. They tied it up 2-2 during the top of the fourth. Now with the pressure mounting, Stevens, who pitched all seven innings, went to work.

He finished the day giving up only six hits and two runs, while striking out eight and remaining errorless. “Avery pitched an amazing game (again),” said Nesvold, “our defense made plays behind him and we had timely and big hits.”

Patience was the name of the game for the Indians, and a good eye. They let the BOLD pitcher do the work for them, and after a couple of walks, and a sacrifice-bunt gone right, Carter Brinkman was on second. BOLD intentionally walked Strong after his homer in the second.

Jacob Berg was up at the plate with the bases loaded. Nathan Walter waited stone-faced on third, and then Berg, with white knuckles round the bat, wound up ready to make a baseball-sized bullet hole in the earth that would split mountains and dry up seas. Then he drew a walk, allowing Walter to score and win the game. Score 3-2.

“We settled down and again executed offensively in the sixth,” said Nesvold.

The Indians play their first game of the State Tournament on Thursday, June 14 against Hinckley-Finlayson, 3 p.m. at Chaska Athletic Field.