Hutchinson blanks Sleepy Eye VFW

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Sleepy Eye VFW Post 800’s Spencer Hoffman gets the tag on a Hutchinson runner attemtping to steal second base in the third inning of subdistrict playoff action in Sleepy Eye at Eagles Park.

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye VFW Post 800 took a difficult loss in its first game of the Northwest Subdistrict playoffs on Friday night with a 2-0 loss to Hutchinson.

Post 800’s Nick Labat took the loss from the mound by pitching six innings with four walks allowed and seven strikeouts. Labat only gave up four hits to keep Sleepy Eye in a close ballgame against Hutchinson.

Labat was able to pitch out of trouble with runners in scoring position by getting the third out by strikeout in four separate innings.

Sleepy Eye’s lone hit came early in the game when Carson Domeier drove a sharp single into right field with two away in the second inning. Sleepy Eye did not have another base runner reach until the sixth inning.

Hutchinson put one runner across in the bottom half of the third inning from just one hit. A hit-by-pitch thrown from Labat put the first runner aboard in the third inning, but he was picked off when Kadon Strong fired a shot from behind the plate to read the steal at second for the second out.

Hutchinson added two more runners with walks and an RBI single that was sharply hit into the gap in left field to bring the runner across still in the third. Labat was able to recover and deliver a strikeout to end the inning and strand runners at the corners.

Hutchinson threatened again in the fifth inning with a one-out walk and moving the runner to third with two wild pitches thrown by Labat. Sleepy Eye’s infield gathered at the mound in hopes to keep the runner stranded and get out of the inning. Labat was able to keep the runner 90 feet away with a full count pop fly to Matthew Sellner at first base, followed by his sixth strikeout of the night.

Hutchinson added one more run in the home half of the sixth inning from two hits and stranded two runners in scoring position.

Post 800 threatened in the top half of the seventh by adding two runners aboard and facing their first defeat of the playoffs. Strong reach with a hit by pitch and Domeier reach with a walk to keep the game alive for Sleepy Eye, now one out away from defeat, but no one was able to score.

Sleepy Eye will face Lake Crystal at noon in Sleepy Eye on Saturday.