The Sleepy Eye Indians defeated the Elrosa Saints in their first game of the State Tournament in New Prague on Sunday, Aug. 19.
Indians 9
Saints 4
The Indians got off on the wrong foot, going three up and three down in the first, and the Saints scored a run. The second inning was more of the same. Alan Woitas was stranded on second after Chad Armbruster hit a routine flyout. The Saints were knocking on home plate’s door with runners on third and second, but thankfully came up short.
Carter Brinkman’s first at-bat came in the third and resulted in a double—he scored the first run for the Indians. Andrew Woitas would get the RBI. The Saints found their groove and scored three more runs on back-to-back doubles. “They had some key hits to take the 4-1 lead,” said team manager Bruce Woitas. Indians’ draftee, Sean Mathiowetz from the Stark Longhorns, took over on the mound.
The winds of favor finally blew in the Indians direction during the fifth and the Indians took full advantage. Almost everybody got a hit or walked, as all but two Indians scored, totaling eight runs scored, enough to nab the lead. That unorthodox base stealing method came in handy again for the Indians as Alan Woitas stole home, and teams still don’t have an answer for it when confronted. “During our eight-run inning we had some big hits and took advantage of some errors and wild pitches by Elrosa to take the lead,” said Woitas. Mathiowetz kept the Saints restrained the rest of the game. And just like that, the wind stopped blowing.
Jevan Richert got the start for the Indians, pitching the better part of three innings. He struck out one, walked one, and gave up seven hits and four runs. Mathiowetz got the win for the Indians. He struck out five, walked one and scattered six hits. “Overall we had a good outing from Sean Mathiowetz, who came in to pitch in the third inning, so he went six and one-third to get the win and we also played some good defense. It was a good team win,” said Woitas, after the game.
At the plate:
Andrew Woitas, 1 for 4, 3 RBIs.
Matt Mielke, 2 for 4, 2B, and an RBI.
Chad Armbruster, 1 for 4, and an RBI.
The Indians play Fergus Falls, Saturday, Aug. 25, in New Prague at 1:30 p.m.