The Sleepy Eye Indians shutout the Springfield Tigers, at home on a steamy Thursday night, Aug. 8.
The Indians got their feet wet right away in the first, as Matt Berkner singled to bring in Andrew Woitas. Berkner was marooned on second to end the first.
The Indians struggled to repeat the success they found in first over the next couple of innings, resulting in a series of three-up and three-downs.
During the bottom of the sixth inning, both Berkner and Alan Woitas were walked, which allowed Matt Mielke to score two runs with one double. Mielke and Jared Beltz were left on base.
Joey Walter and Berkner both scored, thanks to an error by Springfield that put Alex Sellner on first. Interference was called and Sellner was awarded second. He and Mielke were stranded in scoring position, but the game was well in hand for the Indians, as Springfield remained scoreless throughout.
The route from home plate to the Tigers dugout was a busy one, thanks to an outstanding, three-hitter performance on the mound from Indians’ draftee, Jevan Richert. He pitched all nine innings, scattering three hits, with two strikeouts, all while remaining errorless and walking none.
At the plate:
Matt Mielke, 1 for 4, 2B, and 2 RBIs.
Alex Sellner, 0 for 4, with 2 RBIs.
Matt Berkner, 1 for 4, 2 R, and 1 RBI.
The Indians lost their final game of the Region 2C tournament, in New Ulm on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11.
Thankfully for the Indians, this game meant nothing. Their inclusion in the State Tournament was decided with their victory over Springfield. The Indians scored their first run in the second inning, when Sam Tessmer singled to bring in Carter Brinkman. The Brewers added two runs in the first and another two in the second, as a rebuttal to the run scored by the Indians.
Now down 4-1, the Indians had work to do. The boys engineered a four-run inning, topped off by a double from Jared Beltz which scored Brinkman again for the third run of the inning. Tessmer singled to bring in Beltz, but both he and Alex Woitas would be left on base. Score now 5-4 in favor of the Indians.
The Indians came close to scoring again in the top of the fifth, with runners on the corners, but would fall short. During the sixth inning, Alan Woitas and Brinkman scored, and Beltz doubled again. The Brewers, on the other hand, fell anything but short. They scored one run during the fifth, and then brought in a barrage of hits to tally up seven more runs, topped off with a homer, in the sixth. The score now at 12-7.
The Brewers hit another homer during the eighth to score the last run of the game.
Jaydon Helget, Indians draftee, pitched five innings. He struck out four, walked three, and gave up 10 hits and seven runs. Alan Woitas took the loss. He pitched three innings, striking out two, giving up eight hits and six runs.
At the plate:
Jared Beltz, 2 for 3, two 2B’s, and 2 RBIs.
Sam Tessmer, 2 for 3, with 2 RBIs.
Alan Woitas, 2 for 5.
After finishing in the top three in the Region 2C Tournament, the Indians advance to the Class C State Tournament as the #3 seed—along with the #2 seed Lamberton Long Sox and the #1 seed Hanska Lakers who won the Region title. The Indians drafted Sean Mathiowetz from the Stark Longhorns to bolster their roster in the single-elmination tournament.
The Indians first game of the State Tournament will be held in New Prague on Sunday at Memorial Park Baseball Stadium, August 19, vs. Elrosa at noon. If they win that game, they will play the higher seeded Fergus Falls the following Saturday, August 26, in New Prague at 1:30 p.m, if not the Indians season will ne over until next summer.
Richert picks apart Tigers, Brewers homer twice to roll Indians