Sleepy Eye falls to Jordan 6-1 in Substate 2 action

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Sleepy Eye’s Andrick Sanchez slides safely into second during Sleepy Eye’s loss to Jordan in the American Legion Playoffs Wednesday at Mankato East High School.

MANKATO — Sleepy Eye Post 7 would like to get one defensive inning back as they lost to Jordan Post 3 6-1 on Day 1 of Legion Substate 2 playoff baseball action Wednesday night.

Sleepy Eye held a 1-0 lead after the top half of the first inning and had held Jordan to just one hit in the first three innings of the game.

Sleepy Eye’s Andrick Sanchez led off the third with a double into the left-center gap, getting just under the tag to beat a great relay by the strong defensive Jordan. Kyle Domeier laid down the sacrificed bunt to move Sanchez to third with a close play at first for the out.

Domeier’s at-bat in the fourth inning was his second sacrifice bunt when he moved runners to second an third with no outs in the third inning.

“We are able to get our guys moved over, it’s the getting them in is the struggle,” Sleepy Eye coach John Mielke said. “We need to come out and play with a lot of pride and live to fight for a couple more games.”

A running error by Sleepy Eye in the fourth inning, allowed Jordan to double up with the sacrifice at first and a throw over to third for a tag out as the runner took to much of a step towards home on the play.

Sleepy Eye’s Jacob Berg singled in the fourth inning to bring in Sanchez but was thrown out after the throw from right field to first was off the mark and recovered by the catcher. Berg was tagged out at first but Post 7 had the runner across before the inning was over.

Post 3 put three runners across in the home half of the fourth inning from just one hit.

Sleepy Eye’s Avery Stevens was charged with four wild pitches in the inning with two runners stepping across from the throws.

“Stevens is tough to catch, he throws really hard and everything breaks really sharp,” Mielke said. “It is just unfortunate that in a tight game we didn’t clutch hit and everything was on his back,”

Jordan’s lone hit of the inning, and second hit of the game, was a two-out double that brought a runner in from third before Stevens could get out of the inning.

Stevens followed up in the bottom half of the fifth inning with a nine-pitch inning to set all three batters down with strikeouts.

Stevens was charged with one more run in the sixth inning and the loss before Domeier came in for relief.

Stevens went 5 2/3 with 11 strikeouts and six walks and two hits allowed.

Post 3 added a two-RBI triple in the sixth inning and the final run came from an error from the catcher on the throw back after a pitch.

Carter Brinkman led Sleepy Eye, going 3 for 4, Zach Haala was 2 for 4 with a double and Berg was 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.

Sleepy Eye will face Faribault at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Wolverton Field in Mankato.

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