The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team hosted the Martin Luther-Granada-Huntley East Chain-Truman Mustangs on Thursday, April 13.

The Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team hosted the Martin Luther-Granada-Huntley East Chain-Truman Mustangs on Thursday, April 13.

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The Indians took the day, with Avery Stevens winning on the mound, allowing only five hits, no runs and striking out 16. “When you throw strikes, good things happen,” Stevens said. “I feel like our team is starting to get on the right track.”

On the offensive side, the Indians scored in the bottom of the second inning when Stevens hit a double and brought Tessmer home—before getting tagged out himself. The Indians scored again in the third with Zach Haala hitting a single to the center fielder that brought Landon Strong home. Both teams brought strong pitching, but the Indians’ two runs got them the win. “I felt like our team was ready to play today,” said Stevens.

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The Indians traveled to Wabasso to play a double header against the Rabbits on Monday, April 17.

The Indians took a tough loss in the first game, after Wabasso grabbed the lead in the first and second innings.

Haala took a loss on the mound pitching six innings, allowing six runs, six hits and striking out three. Strong singled and Tessmer tied up the first inning, 1-1.

It was the second inning that got away from the Indians. The Rabbits scored four runs, three of them off of a triple, to take a big 5-1 lead. The third inning was three up, three down for both teams.

Strong once again made it home in the top of the fifth off Shane Hoffman’s double and Hoffman made it home off a pop fly. Wabasso brought home one runner as well, and unable to score again, the Indians lost the game.

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Revenge was sweet for Indians in the second game. Jacob Berg got the win, pitching seven innings. He gave up three runs, four hits, struck out five and walked one.

Once again, Wabasso took the lead, getting a run in the first inning. However, the Indians were having none of that, and Strong tied the game in inning two off Andrew Rose’s pop fly. Wabasso reclaimed the lead in the top of the third. When the Indians got up to bat again Colton Gemmill ripped a double to right field and Haala ran home to tie the game again. Brinkman scored off a pass while Strong was up to bat. Strong hit a fly and made second on an error, which brought Kyle Domeier home and the game was theirs. Wabasso made one more scoring play, running in on a pass, but it wasn’t enough. The Indians won 4-3.

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Sleepy Eye had a tough night Tuesday, as they hosted the Redwood Valley Cardinals. The Indians had several chances to break a tie in the early innings, but couldn’t get runners on base. Andrew Rose took the loss at the mound, pitching five innings. He was charged with four runs, three hits and walking one, with seven strike outs. Haala was the only runner to cross home plate.

The Indians will host GFW on Thursday, April 20 at 5 p.m.