The Sleepy Eye Indians fell to the Essig Bluejays in amateur league play Wednesday night, June 27.
Bluejays 7, Indians 6
The Indians held the lead going into the bottom of the eighth, 4-3, before the game went haywire on them.
Rewind to the second inning. Bluejays are up 2-0. The Indians went scoreless until the third. Jared Beltz cracked a triple to deep left field. He would score off an error, and follow up with another run scored in the fourth. Matt Mielke also scored a run, and Austin Fischer got the easy RBI. Mielke would score again in the seventh. Indians up 4-3.
Alex Sellner took over for Andrew Woitas, who had a decent outing on the mound over six innings, tallying four strikeouts and only allowing three runs.
The game blew up in the Indians face as the Bluejays pocketed a four-run inning during the eighth. With bases loaded, Alex Guggisberg blooped a double to left center field that brought home three Bluejays.
In the Indians’ last chance inning, Carter Brinkman would be the only one to score in a comeback attempt that wasn’t enough.
The Indians played again Saturday, June 30 at McGowan Field, against the Gibbon Reds.
Reds 6, Indians 0
The pitching from the Reds gave Indians fits. The Indians managed six hits, but with an exception during the third inning when Joey Walter made it to third, the Indians never made it as far as second base.
That exception during the third was the closest the Indians sniffed to scoring. Austin Fischer was on the mound for the Indians, and outside the six runs scored, he had a good outing, accruing seven strikeouts.
The Indians played Sunday, July 1 at Johnson Field, against the New Ulm Brewers.
Brewers 6, Indians 5
The Indians had an electric start against the Brewers, scoring three runs in the first inning. Alan Woitas, Matt Berkner and Matt Mielke all scored. The Indians distanced themselves from the Brewers throughout most of the game, but New Ulm crept back in late, adding runs in the 1st, 4th and 6th innings, to bring the score to 3-3.
Sean Salfer brought home Mielke for a run, and then scored himself off an error, to tally the Indians’ fifth run.
The Brewers added two runs in the seventh to tie the game up, and then overtook the Indians in the eighth inning. Alex Sellner took the loss, but Alan Woitas was on the mound most of the night for the Indians. Woitas struck out four Brewers and walked another two, giving up 11 hits and five runs in seven innings.
Next on the schedule, the Indians play against the Grizzlies, Monday, July 2, at the Searles Ball Park—with results received too late for this early deadline issue of the Herald-Dispatch.