HUTCHINSON - One day after collecting only one hit in a 14-0 loss to Glencoe in the opening round of the District 2 VFW baseball playoffs, Sleepy Eye got back into the swing of things.
Post 800 was able to make far more contact in its elimination bracket game against New Ulm VFW Silver and the end result was a 12-8 win over Silver. The win means Sleepy Eye will play at noon today against the loser of Hutchinson and Glencoe, a game that was played later Friday night. The results of that game were not known as this edition went to press.
Sleepy Eye collected 20 hits and took advantage of four errors by Silver. But it wasn't easy as Silver fought back from an 8-2 deficit and tied the game in the fourth inning.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm VFW Silver's Evan Atzenhoefer is tagged out by Sleepy Eye catcher Mike Hirsch during Sleepy Eye's Sub-district playoff win Friday in Hutchinson.
Andrew Stewart went the distance in the loss for Silver. Jon Mangen took over in the fourth inning and picked up the win for Sleepy Eye.
"He [Stewart] pitched pretty well, but we just hit the ball hard," Mangen said of the victory. "Our defense for the most part made the plays, and we got it done."
Not only did Mangen pick up the win, he also had a big day at the plate. He finished the game with four hits, including two doubles and two RBI. Matt Berkner had three hits and two RBI and Mike Hirsch also had three hits for Sleepy Eye (12-10).
"It seems like the hitting is contagious at times somehow," Mangen said. "I don't know why, but you just get that one and I think we got that today and hopefully we can keep it going through the weekend."
While Sleepy Eye was able to get the one hit Thursday, it started out with five hits and four runs to start the game in the first. VFW Silver got a run back when Stewart had an RBI single and later Silver cut the lead to 4-2 in the second.
Sleepy Eye tacked on two more runs in the third inning after RBIs from Berkner and Hirsch, and it scored two more runs in the fourth inning to go up 8-2.
At that point, it looked like Sleepy Eye was going to cruise to an easy win, but New Ulm wasn't done quite yet.
Silver scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 8. Elliot Braun was the starter and didn't last past the fourth inning as walks and errors eventually led to him being taken out of the game.
Silver's big inning was highlighted by a bases-loaded walk to Brandon Beranek and Stewart reaching on a fielder's choice. Mitchell Tanley had an RBI single that scored another run and Matt Rowley and Alex Guggisberg drew bases-loaded walks. Jesse Baumgartner was hit by a pitch that allowed New Ulm's eighth run to score.
"It was a few walks here and there and a couple errors and they were right back in it, but we fought back," Mangen said.?
Sleepy Eye re-took the lead in the top of the fifth after Helget and Lucas Heiderscheidt added RBI singles. Sleepy Eye added a single run in the sixth and seventh innings for the final margin.
Nick Vogel had three hits to lead New Ulm's offense.