Knights down Jaguars, move on in 2A elimination play
MANKATO — Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s defeated Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther/Truman 8-3 in a Section 2A Baseball Tournament game on Saturday, advancing in the elimination bracket.
The win moves St. Mary’s on in the elimination bracket where it will take on Springfield next at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mankato East High School. The winner of that game will play Sleepy Eye at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night for the chance to advance to the Section 2A finals.
Talan Helget picked up the win for the Knights, getting eight strikeouts while allowing six hits and two earned runs in five innings pitched. Mark Anderson led St. Mary’s at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Jonny Petermann was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
St. Mary’s head coach Bruce Woitas said the team did a great job of driving in runners when they were in scoring position.
“We did a good job of putting the ball into play,” Woitas said. “If you do that, good things will happen. We got some key hits today that scored some runs. We had those two big innings that were big for us. Talan maybe didn’t have his best stuff today, but he was able to pitch out of some tough innings there early on, and that benefited us and kept them from getting some of those runs. Just a great job today from the team.”
GHEC/ML/T scored once to open the game in the first, and the Knights responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, with Anderson, Owen Weiss and Kaleb Wait each picking up an RBI. The Jaguars scored again in the second to cut the Knights’ lead to 3-2.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third and fourth, but St. Mary’s scored twice more in the fifth, with Anderson and Wait both picking up their second RBI. The Jaguars added another run in the sixth, but a sacrifice fly by Weiss drove in the final run of the game in the sixth to secure the victory for the Knights.