SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye Indians ran into a bit of trouble with the Redwood Valley Cardinals coming to town.
The Cardinals scored in every inning as they went on to defeat Sleepy Eye 16-5 in six innings in nonconference baseball Friday afternoon.
"I think it was we just had too many errors (five in the game)," Sleepy Eye head coach Aaron Nesvold said. "We gave them too many opportunities and they took advantage of them."
After falling behind 5-0 early on, Sleepy Eye responded with two runs of its own in the second. Starting pitcher Sam Hirschboeck scored on a fielder's choice and then Austin Fischer drove in one more to cut the deficit to three.
The Indians managed to score two more in the third to pull within two, 6-4. However, it was all Redwood Valley from that point on.
A three-run triple in the fifth from Devon Sandgren and then a two-run triple from Colin Bailey in the sixth put the Cardinals up big and Sleepy Eye had no chance for recovery.
The Indians fall to 0-9 and will face cross-town rival Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Monday.
St. Mary's is ranked No. 1 in Class A at 9-0. However, Sleepy Eye lost by only two runs, 6-4, earlier this season and Nesvold will do all he can to prepare his team for the threat of the Knights.
"We just have to go out there and try to play our best," he said. "Last time we played them it was a close game, so hopefully we can come out here and pull off an upset."