The Indians advance to the Sweet 16 of the Class C 2018 State Tournament and will now play in Shakopee on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. against Hutchinson at Joe Schleper Stadium.

After their victory over the Elrosa Saints on Aug. 19, the Sleepy Eye Indians once again found themselves in New Prague for another State Tournament game—against the Fergus Falls Hurricanes—Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25.

The Indians’ top of the order came through early and then rode the arm of Stark draftee Sean Mathiowetz en route to a 3-0 victory.

The Indians came up to bat in the third inning, with Alex Woitas gaining first base on an error by the Fergus Falls third basemen. Two batters later, older brother Andrew Woitas laced a base hit to the outfield. Following Woitas was Alex Sellner at the plate, he grounded out but advanced runners to second and third, setting the stage for Joey Walter. Walter roped a liner between first and second base, scoring the Woitas brothers giving the Indians a 2-0 lead early. That was all Mathiowetz would need as he was dialed in from the beginning.

Mathiowetz retired the first ten batters he faced before finding himself in a mini jam in the bottom of the fourth. Fergus Falls’ Dan Revering had a base hit to left field and the next batter was hit by a pitch. Mathiowetz would then strikeout cleanup hitter Darin Stanislawski, for the second out, before walking Alex Hensch to load the bases. However, the rally was shut down quickly as Mathiowetz got Jake Anderson to ground out to end the scoring threat.

Sleepy Eye added one more run for insurance, in the top of the sixth inning, when Andrew Woitas scored again—this time on a base hit from Alan Woitas. The inning continued as Chad Armbruster came up to the plate and smashed a ball to deep left field, only for the left fielder to make an outstanding diving catch, thwarting the Indians’ threat.

Mathiowetz did not allow the Hurricanes to gain any momentum, as he continued to buckle down the rest of the game, preventing Fergus Falls from having any legitimate threats offensively.

Leading the Indians was Andrew Woitas who was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored; and Joey Walter, also 3-4 with 2 RBIs. Mathiowetz’s final line on the mound included throwing all nine innings for the Complete Game two-hit shutout, with three walks and six strikeouts.

The former Sleepy Eye Indian, turned Stark Longhorn, has now compiled 15 2/3 shutout innings pitched, while allowing only eight hits and totaling three walks and 11 strikeouts.

The Indians advance to the Sweet 16 of the Class C 2018 State Tournament and will now play in Shakopee on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. against Hutchinson at Joe Schleper Stadium.

It is the first time since 2015 a team representing the Tomahawk East League has advanced to the Labor Day Championship weekend.

To stay updated with the Indians live throughout the weekend, check on the Minnesota Baseball Association’s website http://classc.leagues.mnbaseball.org/ and follow @MinnBaseball on Twitter.