The Indians traveled to Stark for their first matchup of the Region 2C Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Sleepy Eye 12
Stark 4
The Indians started off slow at Stark. They stranded runners on the corners during the second inning and then left Andrew Woitas in scoring position to end the third.
Stark dialed in a flurry of hits that put them up 2-0 in the fourth, and then added another two runs in the fifth.
The Indians added their first run during the sixth, after back-to-back doubles by Joey Walter and Matt Berkner. Walter scored, but Berkner got put out on his way to third.
The Indians engine finally ignited in the seventh. They stitched  together an eight-run inning, to pluck the lead from the Longhorns like a seagull on Sunday at the boardwalk, 9-4. Chad Armbruster closed out the eighth inning with a double that brought in Alex Sellner and Matt Mielke for his second run scored of the inning, for the Indians’ eighth and ninth runs.
Andrew Woitas and Walter scored again during the eighth on an Alan Woitas double. Carter Brinkman came in for the Indians last run during the ninth—for the boys’ 12th run of the night.
Andrew Woitas got the win for the Indians, pitching six innings. He struck out one, walked four and dispersed seven hits and four runs. Indians draftee, Jevan Richert, pitched three innings Saturday night. He walked three and scattered two hits.
At the plate:
Andrew Woitas, 3 for 5, 2B, and 2 RBIs.
Joey Walter, 3 for 5, 2B, and 2 RBIs.
Matt Berkner, 2 for 5, 2B, and 2 RBIs.
Alan Woitas, 1 for 4, 2B, and 3 RBIs.
Chad Armbruster 2 for 4, 2B, and 2 RBIs.
Lamberton 9
Sleepy Eye 1
After the Indians fled the crime scene at Stark, they were at home against Lamberton on Sunday, August 5.
The Indians started and finished slowly against the Long Sox. Nate Altermatt’s pitching gave them fits. The guys stranded Alan Woitas in scoring position during the second inning and then left runners Joey Walter and Alex Sellner hanging to end the fourth.
After that, it was all Long Sox. They added runs in the second and third to go up 2-0. Then added another two runs in the sixth, and three more in the seventh, score 7-0.
The Indians only run of the game came off an Alan Woitas double which procured Matt Berkner’s run.
Long Sox answered back with a two-run-homerun to end the game.
Alan Woitas took the loss for the Indians. He pitched six innings, striking out two, walking one, giving up seven hits and four runs. Indians second draftee Jay Helget pitched two innings. He struck out one, walked two, gave up a hit and two runs.  Alex Woitas finished on the mound. Striking out and walking one, giving up a hit and two runs.
 At the plate:
Alan Woitas, 2 for 3, 2B, and an RBI.
Joey Walter, 1 for 3.
Chad Armbruster, 1 for 3.
Indians 9
Lakers 7
The Indians came back and pulled off the upset against Hanska on Tuesday night, August 7.
The Indians started slow again, stranding Matt Berkner on second during the first inning, and then leaving Andrew Woitas in scoring position to end the third. Meanwhile, Hanska added two runs in the first and another three in the third, to hang a five-run lead on the Indians.
The Indians finally got on their horse in the fourth. A double by Berkner kick-started the Indians, and a series of base hits gave them four runs to shorten Hanska’s lead to one.
The Indians ended up ditching Alan Woitas and Alex Sellner in scoring position. Hanska did not go away quietly. They added key runs in the fourth and sixth, dragging their lead back out to two runs.
Now in crunch time, Joey Walter came up to bat, jumped at the first pitch and squeezed one over the fence for a home-run. Hanska’s pitcher unraveled after that. Carter Brinkman came up to bat after the Indians had three runs in, the game now tied at 7-7, and hit a blooper right over the first baseman’s head to secure the eighth and ninth runs for the Indians and stealing the lead 9-7 from Hanska.
Hanska ran a tight ship after the Indians took the lead, and the boys had trouble getting the sticks going again. The Indians had to lean on their defense to hold the lead. Sellner came in with a clutch strikeout during the bottom of the ninth, and Alex Woitas got the easy out at first to end the game.
Sellner pitched for the Indians and came back in the ninth to get the win. He struck out three, walked seven, and scattered eleven hits and seven runs. Indians draftee Jevan Richert came in for the hold and kept Hanska cold at the plate with no hits.
At the plate:
Joey Walter, 2 for 5, HR, and an RBI.
Matt Mielke, 2 for 4, and an RBI.
 Chad Armbruster, 2 for 5, and 3 RBIs.
Carter Brinkman, 1 for 5, and 3 RBIs.
Matt Berkner, 2 for 5, 2B.