The goal was clear for the Sleepy Eye VFW Post 800 team going into the Sioux Falls Classic this past weekend.

The goal was clear for the Sleepy Eye VFW Post 800 team going into the Sioux Falls Classic this past weekend.
“The goal coming into the tournament was to give ourselves a chance to play for the championship on Sunday,” Post 800 coach Dusty Mangen said. “Our hitting wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be, but our pitching and defense (two errors in three games) definitely made up for it.”
Post 800 used dominant pitching to go 3-0 in pool play and get a rematch with the team they were hoping for all along.

Sleepy Eye 4
Sioux Falls East 2
Sean Salfer got Post 800 off to the start they needed in their opening game. Salfer went the complete game, allowing just two runs on two hits while striking out four.
Jevan Richert was a force at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the win. Alex Woitas also collected two hits in the opening game.

Sleepy Eye 10
Pipestone 0 (6 Innings)
Post 800 didn’t mess around in their second game of pool play. Alex Woitas picked up the complete game shutout while striking out eight batters.
The bats came alive as well as Nic Helget went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI to lead the way. Sean Salfer also had two hits and Sam Tessmer went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Sleepy Eye 6
Minnetonka 0
Post 800 rode their dominant pitching to stay undefeated in their pool. This time it was Kyle Windschitl with the complete game shutout. Windschitl scattered seven hits while striking out three.
Jevan Richert, Matt Mielke and Cole Owens each picked up two hits in the win.
With a perfect record in pool play, Post 800 was right where they wanted to be, playing who they wanted to play: the Excelsior Mudhens. It was a  rematch of the Upper Midwest Classic semifinal game in which the Mudhens won 3-2. Post 800 was looking for revenge, but came up just short again in a well-played ball game.

Excelsior 4
Sleepy Eye 3
(8 Innings)
Brandon Flock gave Post 800 just what they needed in the first inning. Flock ripped a two-out single to score Nathan Schroepfer to give Post 800 a 1-0 lead.
The Mudhens would answer back with a run in the second and third inning to take a 2-1 lead.
The score held firm until the seventh inning when Post 800 was able to tie the game.
Flock led off the inning with a single, and Matt Mielke followed that up with a single of his own to put two runners on with no outs. Sean Salfer was able to lay a bunt down the third base line for a hit and Post 800 had the bases loaded. After an Alex Woitas strikeout and Kyle Windschitl ground out, Post 800 was finally able to push the tying run across when Mielke scored on a wild pitch.
Post 800 took the lead in the top half of the eighth  when Flock hit a groundball and was able to score Schroepfer, who reached on an error.
Post 800 had a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn’t meant to be.
With the bases loaded and a 3-2 count, the Mudhens got a clutch base hit to left field to score two runs and seal the walkoff win.
“It was a great game between two good baseball teams,” Mangen said. “The amount of energy and resiliency shown by these kids in the 100 degree heat was remarkable. The loss definitely hurt a lot, but I couldn’t be prouder of the way we battled.”