NEW ULM - Fairmont's Matt Lytle pitched nine innings and delivered the eventual game-winning run during a five-run top of the 10th inning to steer Fairmont to a 6-5 playoff decision over Sleepy Eye on Friday at Mueller Park.
Sleepy Eye closed its season with a 14-13 overall record.
Lytle and Sleepy Eye starting pitcher Jon Kopacek each held their respective opposing offenses in check en route to a 1-all tie through nine innings completed before Fairmont erupted for five runs in the top of the 10th.
Staff photo by Mark Newsom
Sleepy Eye VFW’s Brandon Helget relays to first for a double play against Fairmont during Minnesota 2nd District VFW Baseball Tournament play on Friday afternoon at Mueller Park in New Ulm.
Josh Eversman's pivotal two-run single to left following a two-out error by Sleepy Eye, Ben Abel's bases-loaded walk and Lytle's two-run single built a 6-1 lead for Post 1222 before Post 800 rallied in the last of the 10th.
Brandon Helget, who went 3-for-4 with a double, singled to lead off the 10th against Fairmont reliever Nate Johnson before Johnson issued walks to Dylan Owens and Lucas Heiderscheidt to load the bases.
Johnson got a flyout before Kopacek and Matt Berkner produced RBI singles to slice the gap to 6-3 and cause Johnson to exit the hill with a 2-0 count on Sam Hirschboeck.
Kopacek went 3-for-5 with one RBI, Berkner went 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI, Carter Krzmarzick chipped in an RBI and a hit, while Heiderscheidt added a sacrifice fly for Sleepy Eye.
Kopacek allowed six runs - only one earned - on 10 hits, struck out six and walked four in 9 2/3 innings of work to take the loss.
Lytle allowed one earned run on eight hits, struck out three, walked two and hit two batters in nine frames to earn the win for Fairmont.
Ben Abel went 3-for-4 with one RBI to top Fairmont's 11-hit effort.