Essig deafeats Sleepy Eye
ESSIG – The Essig Bluejays used a six-run ninth inning to defeat the Sleepy Eye Indians 14-12 on Sunday in Tomahawk East League amateur baseball playoffs to tie the best-of-three series at one game each and force game three.
Erich Prokosch got the win, pitching one inning in relief. Zach Salfer took the loss in two innings of relief, giving up six runs on three hits and walking four.
Sleepy Eye scored first in the second inning with a solo home run over the left center field fence from Jake Bohnen. Alan Woitas singled and later scored on a Scott Salfer ground out.
Essig answered with a run in the bottom of the inning after Terry Helget doubled and then scored on a Mitch Stueber single.
Essig used a four-run third inning to take the lead and scored two more in the fourth inning to make it 7-2.
Sleepy Eye bats came back to life in the fifth inning when Matt Berkner doubled and Joey Walter hit a two-run home run to make it 7-4. The Indians used a three-run sixth inning to tie the game.
After each team scored a run in the seventh, the Bluejays chances looked slim because of a five-run Sleepy Eye eighth inning. Zach Salfer walked the bases loaded to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Kyle Krzmarzick then singled and Jordan Guggisberg walked to cut the lead to 13-10. A two-out bloop single from Tim Kehren scored two and cut the lead to one.
Kyle Helget hit a 1-2 fastball in the left-center gap to score Guggisberg and Kehren for the walk-off win.
Essig will play at Sleepy Eye on Tuesday with the winner advancing in the Tomahawk East League playoffs.