Huiras, Saenz combine for sweep over NU Silver
The Sleepy Eye VFW team began with a 6-1 win over Mankato East in their season opener, but since then have struggled to play a complete game all around with a four game losing streak. That streak came to an end on Saturday as the boys in blue battled the heat in two victories of New Ulm Silver.
In game one, New Ulm scored two runs in the top of the first as the first two base runners reached off an error and a base hit. New Ulm’s Taylor Hansen drove in leadoff hitter Jack Albrecht to take a 1-0 lead and Adam Freidrich drove in Austin Enter for a 2-0 New Ulm lead.
Sleepy Eye pitcher Jackson Huiras held his own for the rest of the game not allowing any runs for the remainder of the game and allowed just two base runners to reach past second base following the first inning.
Sleepy Eye got their three runs in the bottom of the third inning when Mason Sellner drove in Austin Uecker and Nolan Domeier to tie the game at 2-2. Huiras helped his own cause by driving in Sellner on a base hit to take a 3-2 lead for Sleepy Eye.
Sleepy Eye got a scare in the top of the fifth with two outs as New Ulm had a mini-threat to tie the game, but Spencer Osmonson connected with catcher Caden Evers to end the game in a rundown to throw out the tying run at the plate.
Leading Sleepy Eye in game one was Huiras on the mound with the five inning complete game allowing two runs, none earned, allowing five hits and striking out five with one walk. Offensively, Huiras was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base. Mason Sellner was 1-for-2 with two RBI.
After getting a great pitching performance game one, Sleepy Eye got a second great performance on the mound in game two. Starter Arian Saenz pitched a five inning complete game as well. In the five innings of work, Saenz allowed one run, none earned, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters.
Sleepy Eye again used the third inning to their advantage scoring three runs, all with two outs. Leadoff hitter Austin Uecker got a base hit through the hole between shortstop and third base and advanced to second as Nolan Domeier got hit by a pitch. After a double steal, Sleepy Eye had runners on second and third and Mason Sellner grounded out to third but an errant throw allowed two runs to score and Sleepy Eye took a 2-0 lead, Sellner later scored on another New Ulm error to take a 3-0 lead.
New Ulm took advantage of two Sleepy Eye errors in the top of the fourth inning to score one run, but Saenz struck out the final hitter of the inning to keep Sleepy Eye in front.
For Sleepy Eye offensively, the top three hitters in Uecker, Domeier, and Sellner accounted for all three runs and Sleepy Eye used eight stolen bases to keep the pressure on the New Ulm defense throughout the game.
Sleepy Eye now sits at 3-4 overall and are at Fairmont on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. and host Mankato West on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m.