Sleepy Eye VFW wins wild game against New Ulm Silver

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye VFW defeated New Ulm Silver 13-11 in nine innings on Saturday.

“Very pleased with how we kept chipping away,” Sleepy Eye coach Brandon Streich said. “We really stayed positive in the dugout. We kind of kept chipping away and good things happened.”

Sleepy Eye came back after a seven-run deficit to win 13-11 in the ninth. It looked bleak for Sleepy Eye when it trailed 11-4 in the bottom of the fifth, but that is when the team capitalized with the hit-and-run game.

Sleepy Eye’s Spencer Hoffmann hit a triple scoring one run and went 4 for 5 with a walk, two RBIs, and three steals. Jacob Meyer also had a triple, an RBI and went 2 for 5 with a steal. Matt Sellner hit a double to go 1 for 2 with four walks and three steals. Ethan Fischer went 4 for 5 with three steals and an RBI.

New Ulm’s Sam Keckeisen hit a double and went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two steals. Caleb Arnolt was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

Kadon Strong earned the win for Sleepy Eye. He gave up one hit, five walks and he had one strikeout.

Ethan Mixdorf took the loss, giving up six hits, six walks and nine runs.

“When you score 11 runs you expect to win the game,” New Ulm coach Bob Weier said. “But when you give up 13 runs and 14 hits it’s a difficult time. But overall I was very pleased with our hitting, we made some plays defensively. A lot of kids got the opportunity to pitch and in the future it helps them.”

New Ulm Silver opens Southeast Subdistrict playoff action at 5 p.m. on Monday against Mapleton at Franklin Rogers Park. Sleepy Eye plays in the Northwest Subdistrict playoffs beginning on Thursday when it hosts Hutchinson at 7:30 p.m.