13-run 6th inning dooms Sleepy Eye

Post 7 finishes time in UMC 0-3

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Sleepy Eye Legion Post 7’s Luke Mielke delivers a pitch against LeSueur-Henderson in Post 7’s final game in the Upper Midwest Classic on Saturday in Sleepy Eye.

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye Legion Post 7 watched a 10-2 lead over LeSueur-Henderson get erased in the sixth inning of Saturday evening’s Upper Midwest Classic fourth-place matchup, falling 16-15 to end their time in the tournament 0-3.

LeSueur scored 13 runs in the top of the sixth inning on 12 hits to lead 15-10 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Sleepy Eye battled back for five runs in the bottom of the inning to knot the game up again, but LeSueur’s David Gupton drove in Zack Berndt in the seventh inning for the final run.

Post 7 struggled to hit the ball earlier in the day Saturday in a 5-1 loss against Brandon Valley, a loss where Sleepy Eye’s lone hits and run came from Carter Brinkman, who was 2 for 3 with a homer. They cleaned things up at the plate against LeSueur and collected 14 hits.

Unfortunately for Post 7, LeSueur finished with 18 hits and the win.

Luke Mielke started for Post 7 against LeSueur and only allowed five hits and a pair of runs up until the sixth inning. He allowed seven hits in a row in the sixth, however, and was relieved without recording an out in the inning. He was charged with 10 earned runs allowed on 12 hits and a walk while picking up two strikeouts.

Kyle Domeier pitched 1 1/3 innings for Post 7 and took the loss, allowing four hits and two earned runs.

Nathan Walter led Post 7 at the plate by going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Kyle Domeier was 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. Brinkman also added two hits and three runs scored for Sleepy Eye.

In the sixth inning, LeSueur was led by Mitch Casperson, who had a pair of two-run doubles in that inning alone. Burke Nesbit, Tristen O’Brien, Gupton and Cayden Luna all added two hits each for LeSueur in the sixth inning also.

Post 7 took their initial 10-2 lead after a two-run first, a five-run second and a three-run fourth. After falling down 15-10, Post 7 got Matt Sellner in from third in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch first before Domeier drove in Mielke, who singled earlier, on a base hit to make the score 15-12.

Brinkman then drove in a run on a base hit before Walter ended Post 7’s scoring with a two-run double to left.

Against Brandon Valley, Zach Haala pitched all seven innings and took the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) with four strikeouts.

After starting the season 6-0, Post 7 has went 2-6 since then and is now 8-8. They will look to get back on track at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Faribault.