NEW ULM - New Ulm Cathedral is one of three teams eyeing a Tomahawk Conference baseball title this year.
On Thursday, Cathedral inched closer to sharing the conference title as it swept Sleepy Eye 6-2 and 10-0 at Johnson Park.
Cathedral (14-2, 13-2) is tied with Springfield for the conference lead. Each team has one game left in the conference schedule.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Sleepy Eye’s Brandon Polesky makes a catch in centerfield during the second game of a doubleheader Thursday against Cathedral at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Collin Helget earned the win in Game 1 for the Greyhounds. He went the distance and allowed six hits. He struck out 10.
Austin Fischer took the loss for the Indians. He went all six innings and he struck out eight.
Gabe Knowles scored two runs for the Greyhounds, including a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first.
Cathedral added another run in the bottom of the second, this coming on a sacrifice fly that scored Brandon Beranek.
The Greyhounds got three more runs in the third, the big hit coming on Alex Guggisberg's two-run single, and they led 5-0 at that point.
Cathedral scored another run in the bottom of the fourth before Sleepy Eye finally got on the board in the fifth. Fischer and Marc Riederer scored on RBI singles from Brandon Polesky and Matt Berkner, but Helget went into shutdown-mode after that and retired the final seven Sleepy Eye batters.
While the Indians struggled to get much offense going late in the first game, Knowles completely shut down the Indians in the second game.
Knowles also went 4-for-4 with two triples, a double, a single and three RBIs.
The Greyhounds scored twice in the first inning and one more in the third and fourth inning. They then scored six times in the fifth inning to end the game after five innings.
Alex Bruggeman took the loss for the Indians. Knowles went all five innings and struck out five. He also gave up three hits.
Cathedral has a key Section 2A battle at 5 p.m. Friday when it hosts Mankato Loyola.
The two losses drops Sleepy Eye's record to 3-12 overall and 2-12 in the Tomahawk.