Sleepy Eye Beltz 16U ASA team had a busy week last week, playing a total of seven games, each ending on a happy note.

Sleepy Eye Beltz 16U ASA team had a busy week last week, playing a total of seven games, each ending on a happy note.

On Thursday, July 7, the Beltz ASA team and the Sleepy 18U ASA team met up once again, this time at Kiefer Park. The first game was won by the Beltz 16U team, 6-0. Megan Labat pitched and Ali Beltz caught for the Beltz team and Hannah Beckius pitched and Courtney Dittbenner caught for the Sleepy Eye 18U team.

The second game was a real nail-biter. After the time limit was reached, the score was tied at 14. At that point, International Rules were used to get a winner. The last batter in the previous inning was placed at second base and each team had a chance to bat, score and win. The final score was 18-15 with Beltz squeaking out the win. In the combined games for the Beltz team, Ali Beltz blasted a homerun, a triple and two singles. Lauren Klein and Kelsie Kosak each contributed a double and a single. Leslie Flores had three singles, Anna Lux had a double and Jody Hansen and Mallory Helget each added a single. For the Sleepy Eye 18s team, Courtney Dittbenner had a triple, a double and a single. Maddy Hoffman contributed a double and two singles, Hannah Beckius had a double and Nora Schmidt added a single.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, Sleepy Eye Beltz 16s traveled to Buffalo for a tournament. The team had three wins on Saturday, against Buffalo 8-1, Minnewaska 17-1 and Belle Plaine 9-3. Cassie Heinrichs hit a homerun during these pool play games. The three wins got Sleepy Eye seeded first for game play on Sunday.

Anna Lux pitched and Ali Beltz caught for both of the Sunday games. In the combined games, Jody Hansen excelled with three triples, one double, one single and three RBIs. Ali Beltz added a triple, a single and three RBIs, while Anna Lux contributed five singles and four RBIs. Kelsie Kosak had three singles and three RBIs, while Cassie Heinrichs, Mariah Miller and Mallory Helget each added two singles. Heinrichs and Helget each drove a run in, with a Dani Weiss single also bringing in a run. Sleepy Eye won the first game against Buffalo 15-0 in three innings. The championship game was played against Maple Lake with Sleepy Eye winning 10-1 in five innings to bring home the medals.