Walks plague Sleepy Eye in CHS win

NEW ULM – New Ulm Cathedral only needed one of the old baseball trio of pitching, defense and timely hitting Saturday afternoon at Johnson Park.

Due to Sleepy Eye’s inability to handle the other two.

The Greyhounds beat the Indians 14-4 on just seven hits. The Indians’ pitchers gave up 11 walks and the defense committed four errors.

“Our Achilles’ heel all year has been walks and errors,” Sleepy Eye coach Aaron Nesvold said. “We hit the ball hard, but we gave them too many outs. We wish them luck. Cathedral’s a good team.”

Another key for the Greyhounds was their ability to come back quickly from an early deficit.

“Sleepy Eye jumped out to that early lead, but we came right back,” Cathedral coach Bob Weier said. “We played well defensively and we got the sacrifice bunts and fly balls when we needed them.”

Brandon Polesky started things off for the Indians in the top of the first with a single and scoring on Alex Bruggeman’s double, with a base hit by Dylan Klein making it 2-0.

Gabe Knowles responded in the home half by leading off with a home run that easily cleared the right field fence. Two Sleepy Eye errors and a walk led to a single to right by Jack Schwartz that gave the Greyhounds a 3-2 lead.

After making it 4-2 in the second, the Indians knotted it in the third after a homer by Matt Berkner, a double from Klein and a single by Austin Fischer. The tie lasted until the Greyhounds came to bat.

An error, walk and infield hit loaded the bases for Cathedral, followed by a two-RBI double from James Herzog. Three walks in a row pushed home two more runs with a wild pitch making it 9-4. A double by Mike Skillings plated two more, opening the margin to 11-4.

Two walks and a sacrifice bunt by Alex Guggisberg was followed by a sacrifice fly from Herzog for a 12-4 spread. Three more walks started the Greyhounds fifth, with the final two runs coming on a fly ball by Brandon Beranek and a single from Schwartz.

Collin Helget got the win, while Klein took the loss. Sleepy Eye finished the season with a 6-13 record, while Cathedral moves to 16-4.

The Section 2A win advances Cathedral to play at 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at Johnson Park against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity.

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