NEW ULM - Sleepy Eye broke open Monday's game against New Ulm Blue with a five-run second inning and held on for a 10-3 win in Legion baseball action at Johnson Park.
Jordan Anderson earned a complete-game win for Sleepy Eye, allowing only seven hits and striking out four.
Jake Stadick took the loss for Blue, allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. Dominac Camacho (2 1/3 innings pitched, three runs) and Collin Kral (three innings pitched, one run) finished out the game on the mound for New Ulm.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning, but Sleepy Eye's offensive outburst in the second inning gave the team a 6-1 lead that didn't shrink the rest of the game.
"When we were down 6-1 our heads kind of went down, and it was all downhill from there," New Ulm Blue head coach Mike Munce said.
A trio of hitters paced the Sleepy Eye attack with three hits apiece. Adam Sellner was 3-for-3, Sean Mathiowetz was 3-for-4 and Brady Hansen was 3-for-4 with a double.
"We were just swinging at good pitches and being patient in the count," Hansen said. "Every guy just waited for their pitch and put a good swing on it... we all just came out with a hitting mind-set and put the ball in play, we didn't have many strikeouts."
Stadick and Jim Holstein were both 2-for-3 at the plate for New Ulm.
Blue did manage to put a lot of runners on base, but Anderson limited the damage by stranding 11 runners.
"He throws a lot of strikes, so he always has the ability to throw a complete game," Hansen said of Anderson. "That's what he did tonight, just threw a lot of strikes and the defense made a lot of plays behind him, too."
New Ulm also did an effective job of stranding runners, with Sleepy Eye leaving 15 runners on the base paths.
"The defense made some nice plays," Munce said. "We did get some runners on, hit the ball around a little bit, but being in a hole like that it's tough to battle back."
The two teams will begin their district playoff campaigns next week.
"We know we can beat any team, we've just got to make sure we come ready to play and we should have a chance in every game," Hansen said.
New Ulm Blue will play one more game before the district playoffs. The team hosts Litchfield at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mueller Park.
"The seedings are already out, so [Monday's game] didn't mean a whole lot, we split with them on the year," Munce said. "Hopefully Thursday we play a little better baseball and take it into the districts next week."