By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM - Down by two runs in the top of the seventh inning, things didn't look good for Sleepy Eye in it's Tomahawk Conference baseball game against Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
MVL freshman Nick Fischer was cruising along, but the Indians got two runners on with one out, ending Fischer's day. Jake Mielke came in, and with runners on second and third, he struck out the last two hitters to end the threat and the game as MVL held on for the 4-2 win.
The Chargers, who improved to 4-4 on the season, got three runs in the bottom of the first inning and that was enough.
"We've been very aggressive at the plate the last few games and that helped," MVL coach Jeff Schoenherr said. "Nick was consistent this game, in previous games, he'd be fine for an inning and then fall apart, not so in this game. He kept battling through, there was a couple of times too where he faced adversity. It would've been very easy for a freshman pitcher to just put the head down, but he kept working hard."
Fischer went 6 1/3 innings, allowed five hits and two runs. Dylan Klein took the loss for Sleepy Eye.
Mielke, who earned the save, started things off with a double in the first inning and that scored Jacob Hoffman. Chad Lease later hit a two-run double and that put the Chargers ahead 3-0.
The Indians got a run back in the top of the second and they had runners on second and third in the third before being denied a run. The Indians stranded six runners and MVL stranded four runners.
The Chargers added a run in the fourth and Sleepy Eye tacked on one more in the fifth.
MVL has a doubleheader on Thursday when it hosts Comfrey/Cedar Mountain. The Indians play Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Thursday.