HUTCHINSON - Sleepy Eye VFW got to witness firsthand the effects of one bad inning Friday in the Northwest Subdistrict VFW baseball playoffs.
Up 4-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Sleepy Eye put runners on first and second with nobody out. But it failed to score a single run and Glencoe turned the tables, scoring six times in the bottom of the sixth to cruise to an 8-5 win over Sleepy Eye.
The loss was Sleepy Eye's first of the tournament and it will now play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Dassel in Hutchinson. If Sleepy Eye wins, it will play again at 6 p.m. against Glencoe.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Sleepy Eye’s Alex Sellner lays down a sacrifice bunt during Sleepy Eye’s VFW playoff loss to Glencoe Friday in Hutchinson.
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Sleepy Eye must win twice on Saturday in order to advance to the District playoffs next week.
Koden Kosak took the loss for Sleepy Eye and Mitch Pinske earned the win for Glencoe.
Sleepy Eye struck first in the top of the third inning when Matt Mielke walked and advanced to third on Sam Tessmer's double.
Both runners came home on Jaden Mickelson's single to put Sleepy Eye ahead 2-0 at that point.
Sleepy Eye then tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth. Dylan Klein and Alex Bergeman both scored on a two-run single by Matt Mielke to up the lead to 4-0.
Glencoe got a run back in the third inning after Cameron Chap was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He scored on Teddy Petersen's single. Glencoe scored a single run in the fourth to make it 4-2 before scoring six times in the sixth to take an 8-4 lead at that point.
Sleepy Eye added one more run in the seventh, this one coming when Mickelson scored on Jared Beltz's RBI single. But Glencoe closed the door, sending Sleepy Eye to the elimination bracket. There are five teams left in the subdistrict and Sleepy Eye (15-8) needs to win a pair of games, including avenging a loss to Glencoe, in order to move out of the subdistrict.