SEARLES?- The Sleepy Eye amateur baseball team defeated Searles 8-5 on Sunday to take the opening-round series 2-0 and advance in the Tomahawk East League playoffs for the American Division.
The Indians answered a two-run second inning by the Grizzlies with a two-run inning of their own thanks to a two-RBI?double by John Mangen to drive in Jake Bohnen and Scott Salfer.
Sleepy Eye took the lead in the third with a sacrifice fly by Alan Woitas that drove in lead-off batter Joey Walter from third base to make the score 3-2.
Andrew Woitas gave up the lead after allowing three runs in the top of the seventh to give the Grizzlies a 5-3 lead. However, the Indians responded in the bottom of the seventh with five runs of their own with?Andrew Woitas driving in two runs and Alan driving in another before Salfer notched a two-run double to give the Indians an 8-5 lead.
Andrew Woitas officially got the win because of that seventh-inning scoring surge, despite allowing five runs off 10 hits. He also had nine strikeouts to his name.
Matt Helget came in and got the save for the Indians, shutting out the Grizzlies in the final two innings.
Casey Lux was the losing pitcher for Searles, having given up eight runs -?six earned off 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched.
Sleepy Eye will play No. 2 Lamberton in the Region 2C tournament, which will begin on Saturday.
Essig defeats Springfield to force game 3
ESSIG?- The Springfield amateur baseball team needed a win Sunday to advance in the Tomahawk East League playoffs, but found itself on the losing end to Essig 8-1 in the National Division.
The?Tigers tied the game 1-1 in response to Essig's one-run campaign in the bottom of the second thanks to Jacob Vanderwerf's first amateur RBI to drive in Marc Salazar in the top of the third inning.
Essig regained the lead - for good this time -?in the bottom of the fourth with Kyle Helget's solo home run over the right-field fence with one out.
Salazar hit a one-out double in an effort to keep the Tigers even with the Bluejays in the top of the fifth inning. However, Salazar's efforts went for naught as he was thrown out at home plate after an overthrow on the stealing of third base caused him to try for home.
The Bluejays went on to score six more runs to take the game 8-1.
Mark Giesen got the win for Essig, allowing three hits and one run in seven innings pitched.
Alex Frank got the loss for the Tigers, having allowed 11 hits and eight runs - four earned - while striking out four and walking one in 6 2/3 innings pitched.
Springfield and Essig will now play at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Springfield to decide who will move on in the tournament.