Sleepy Eye struggles to find hits, drops two games in UMC

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Sleepy Eye second baseman Kyle Domeier looks to make a throw to first for a double play as Worthington’s Tyler Linder makes his way to second during Upper Midwest Classic action Friday in Sleepy Eye.

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye Post 7 struggled to find hits in Day 2 of Upper Midwest Classic pool play. Sleepy Eye lost its second game of the day 8-1 against Worthington Post 5, with Post 7 only putting up five hits and putting runners on second base five times.

Earlier in the day, Sleepy Eye lost to Brandon Valley 6-0, with Post 7 only collecting one hit with nine strikeouts.

Worthington broke open a 1-0 lead with a four-run third inning from four hits and one Sleepy Eye error.

Jacob Berg was forced to pitch out of a jam to end the inning after Worthington had loaded the bases for a second time still in the third, and both threats came with two outs.

Berg threw a three-pitch strikeout to get the second out in the third inning after a single and a walk put the runners aboard. An 0-2 single filled the Worthington bases as the threat became real for Post 7.

Worthington’s Karter Honius hit a shot that carried past Sleepy Eye’s John Luu Mathiowetz playing straight away in left field, which forced Mathiowetz to retreat and get the ball as it carried into the evening air.

Honius’ three-RBI double and scored run in the third inning began to add insurance runs to the scoreboard for Post 5 early in the ballgame.

Sleepy Eye broke the shutout when Zach Haala reached on a single to lead off the fourth inning. Haala then stole second easily to get into scoring position and also swiped third as the defense tightened up, trying to hold him at second.

Luke Mielke drove in the lone Sleepy Eye run with a single after falling behind 0-2 in the count.

Mielke reached second when Andrick Sanchez was awarded first base with a catcher interference that extended the inning. Sanchez would have been called out on a pop fly on the play for the third out.

Sleepy Eye’s Dallas Bauer threw three solid innings of relief in Game 2, and he was also called upon to throw late innings in the first game.

The side-slinging left-handed Bauer delivered four strikeouts from just two hits in the relief appearance against Worthington. Berg took the loss in Game 2, going four innings with seven runs allowed.

In Game 2, Haala led by going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored, Mathiowetz was 1 for 3 with a walk and Mielke went 1 for 2 with a walk, reaching on an error and adding an RBI. Sleepy Eye had five hits in Game 2.

Worthington’s Logan Huisman pitched seven innings to take the win over Sleepy Eye. Worthington had 10 hits.

In Game 1, Avery Stevens took the loss, going 4 and 2/3 innings with five runs allowed from five hits and nine strikeouts. Stevens had the lone Sleepy Eye hit with a single in the third inning.

Brandon Valley’s Dylan Kirkeby threw the one-hitter to beat Sleepy Eye in the first game of Pool D play in the Classic.

Sleepy Eye will face East View at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Eagles Park in Sleepy Eye, followed by a 1:30 p.m. game against St. Michaels, also at Eagles Park.