The Indians drew the Gibbon Reds as their first playoff opponent. They played their first game at home Friday, July 27.
Game One:
Indians 5
Reds 2
When the Indians get hot, there aren’t too many teams that are going to be able to keep pace with them, and they showed it on Friday night.
Joey Walter made up for a sub-par bunt attempt by scoring a run in the first after an Alan Woitas single. The Indians ended up leaving two more possible runs on the table with Matt Berkner on third and Alan Woitas on second.
After that, the Indians went quiet, and the Reds took advantage by adding two runs and nabbing the lead in the third.
The comeback match was lit in the fifth. It began when Berkner was walked. Matt Mielke would find his way to first base, and Alex Sellner blooped a single behind first base that allowed Berkner to score.
Carter Brinkman came up to bat with Mielke on third and Sellner on second. Brinkman found a gap that allowed both runners to score and earned the Indians the right to the lead.
Walter ended up scoring the fifth-run dagger for the Indians. He came up to bat during the bottom of the seventh and ended up connecting with the ball awkwardly on the swing and had to open the throttle all the way up to beat the throw to first. Then he took the Reds second and third basemen to school on a Berkner single. Alan Woitas got the last RBI for the Indians.
Andrew Woitas pitched a complete game for the Indians. Over his nine innings on the mound, he walked one, struck out seven, and gave up nine hits and two runs.

At the plate:
Alan Woitas, 2 for 4, with 2 RBIs.
Carter Brinkman, 1 for 4, with 2 RBIs.
Alex Sellner 1 for 2, 1 RBI, and a run scored.
Matt Berkner, 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Game Two:
Indians 11
Reds 7
The Indians carried that fire in their bellies from the game one win, and once again, showed a whole lot of grit to retake the lead. A flurry of walks nabbed the Reds in the behind way too many times.
The tribe got about as good a start as they could have asked for with three runs in the first. Andrew Woitas led the way with the first run, Matt Berkner got the RBI. Carter Brinkman came through clutch again, with a double that allowed both Alan Woitas and Matt Mielke to score.
The Indians stranded Joey Walter on third during the second inning. Chad Armbruster came up to the plate during the third, with Alex Sellner on first, and hit a two-run homerun rocket to bring the lead up to 5-0.
The Indians lapsed into silence again like the first game, and the Reds once again took advantage.  With four runs in the third and another three in the fourth, the Reds worked their way back to steal the lead from the Indians, 7-5.
Armbruster and Austin Fischer both made it on base. Andrew Woitas and Walter were both walked, which allowed Armbruster to score. Fischer scored when Alan Woitas was walked. Mielke singled which allowed Andrew Woitas to score. Alex Sellner hit a go-ahead single that allowed both Walter and Alan Woitas to score—giving the Indians the lead back, 10-7—to wrap up a sixth-inning filled with errors for the Reds.  
Andrew Woitas slapped a double to start the tribe off offensively in the seventh. Berkner singled to reel in Woitas and score the last run for the Indians.
Sellner started for the Indians and pitched three innings. He struck out one, walked three and gave up six hits and five runs. Fischer came in as relief and got the win for the Indians. He pitched five innings, tallying four walks, three strikeouts, six hits, and two runs.
At the plate:
Alex Sellner, 2 for 4, with 2 RBIs.
Chad Armbruster, 1 for 5, with a two-run homerun.
Matt Berkner, 1 for 6, with 2 RBIs.
Carter Brinkman, 1 for 5, with 2 RBIs.
The Indians, along with Hanska, Stark, New Ulm, Springfield, and Lamberton, all progress to the Region 2C Tournament, which begins on Aug. 4. Match-ups are shown in our sports schedule. The six teams that have progressed also get to draft two players from teams that didn’t make it. The Indians welcome Jevan Richert of the Leavenworth Orioles and Jay Helget from the Essig BlueJays. The top three teams of the Region 2C tournament advance to the Class C State Tournament.