The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team split a pair of games this week in the Tomahawk East League.
The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team split a pair of games this week in the Tomahawk East League. The Indians defeated Searles 13-3 in seven innings at home on June 17 and then lost a tough one on the road to rival New Ulm 3-2 on June 21.
Sleepy Eye 13
The bats came alive for the Indians in a 10-run win against Grizzlies. Five players collected two or more hits on the way to the victory.
The Indians managed to score at least one run in every inning except the fifth. They started out scoring two in the first and three in the second as Matt Berkner had two hits through two innings and three RBI.
The Grizzlies were still in the game in the fourth, but Andrew Woitas settled down and was dominant as he posted five straight scoreless innings after giving up three runs in the first two.
Woitas went the complete game, allowing just three runs on eight hits, while striking out three in picking up his third win of the season.
Joey Walter remained hot at the top of lineup going 2-for-4 with two hits and an RBI and two runs scored. Sean Mathiowetz and Matt Berkner each had two hits, and Zach Salfer led the way with three hits and two runs scored with an RBI.
New Ulm 3
Sleepy Eye 2
In a rivalry game that put the top two teams of the Tomahawk East League against each other, the Indians came up on the short side of a game they know they could have won.
The Indians left 11 men on base and didn’t score until the ninth inning.
The Brewers took the lead in the first when Brady Ranweiler singled to left to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
The Indians, struggling all game to get a run across the plate, had a scoring threat in the top half of the eighth when Sean Mathiowetz drew a walk, followed by singles from Alan Woitas and Matt Berkner had the Indians threatening with the bases loaded and no outs.
But the Indians were unable to take advantage. A fly out to short center by Jake Bohnen, followed by a strikeout by Dylan Klein left the bases loaded with two outs and Nolan Helget was their last chance. Helget rolled over a ground ball to first to end the inning as the Indians left the bases loaded and couldn't manufacture a run.
The Brewers added two insurance runs in the bottom half of the eighth. Back to back doubles for the Brewers plated one run, followed by an error on throw by Mathiowetz, gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead heading to the ninth, which ultimately proved to be big as the Indians didn’t go down easy in the ninth.
With two outs, Joey Walter singled and then stole second. Following the stolen base, Mathiowetz hit a hard ground ball that Brewers shortstop Wade French misplayed, allowing Walter to score. Woitas followed that up with a hard hit single to center and the Indians trailed by just one.
Berkner had a chance to tie the game up, but flew out to left field for the final out and the Brewers completed a season sweep of the Indians.
The Indians are now 7-5 on the season and in those five losses, four of them are one-run loses.
Alan Woitas 2-3, RBI
Matt Berkner 2-5
Sean Mathiowetz 1-4