HUTCHINSON - It was over as soon as it began.
Sleepy Eye VFW watched as Glencoe scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and walked away with an easy 14-0, five-inning win in the VFW 2nd District, Northwest Sub-District playoffs.
The loss means Sleepy Eye (11-10) drops to the elimination bracket and will face New Ulm VFW Silver at 1 p.m. today. Silver lost to Dassel-Cokato 14-0 later in the day.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Sleepy Eye first baseman Carter Krzmarzick (16) jumps for the ball as a Glencoe base runner gets to first during Sleepy Eye’s opening round loss in Sub-District playoffs Thursday in Hutchinson.
Jon Kopacek took the loss for Sleepy Eye. He gave up nine runs and lasted only 2/3 of an inning while surrendering nine hits.
Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye was able to get nothing going against Glencoe starter Cole Peterson. The lefty struck out eight, walked one and gave up only one hit. He was perfect through the first three innings. David Suprenant got the only hit of the game for Sleepy Eye.
Sleepy Eye coach Dusty Mangen was quick to credit the Glencoe bats. Glencoe finished the game with 17 hits and Sleepy Eye committed four errors in the game.
"You gotta give them credit, I mean, that's the game of baseball," Mangen said. "Jon's not really a strikeout pitcher and when they're hard-hit balls to the gaps or when they're soft-hit balls and they're finding holes, he's gonna be in trouble.
"You can't really be too disappointed with the game because they got nine in the first and that's tough to come back from," Mangen added. "That's why it's a double-elimination tournament. We play well these next three games, we're still in it."
Glencoe's Nolan Lepel had four RBI in the inning and he finished the game with three hits. He also drove in two runs when he reached on an error in the second inning.
After scoring nine runs in the first, Glencoe scored three more runs in the second inning to go up 12-0 at that point. Glencoe scored two more runs in the third inning and Petersen continued to sail along on the mound.
While the game was never close, Sleepy Eye does get another try at it, although Post 800 will have to make a run through the elimination bracket now. Sleepy Eye will have to put that rough first inning behind it now and move forward starting today.
"You put that out of your mind, but you're playing with a seven-inning mentality and its ready to bomb in the first, and it's a different game," Mangen said. "It takes away all the running you want to do and all of the bunting and you gotta play one out at a time. Their pitcher did a good job."