By Kurt Menk
The Sibley East varsity baseball team, after an impressive run, was eliminated from the Section 2AA Baseball Tournament earlier this week.
The Wolverines, under the direction of head coach Dan Hoefs, conclude the season with a 17-7 record overall.
Belle Plaine 4 • Sibley East 3
The visiting Sibley East varsity baseball team was edged by Belle Plaine 4-3 during the quarter-final round of the Section 2AA Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon, June 3.
Belle Plaine touched Sibley East starting pitcher Jake Schmidt for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The big blow was a two-run homer by Belle Plaine shortstop Luke Luskey.
Sibley East had an opportunity to score in the top of the third inning. The Wolverines loaded the bases on singles by seniors Caleb Dose and Ian Templin and a walk to Schmidt. Senior Aaron Flieth followed with a fly out to leftfield. Dose, who tagged up on the play, was called out on a close play at home plate.
“It was a close play, but we thought he was definitely safe and that turned out to be a huge play,” said Sibley East head coach Dan Hoefs.
Sibley East scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Junior Hunter Stearns started the rally with a leadoff double. Stearns later scored on a one-out single by senior Ryan Weber. Freshman Riley Drexler, who was courtesy running for Weber, moved to third base on a two-out double off the bate of junior Brody Serbus. Drexler later scored on a wild pitch. Dose and Templin followed with walks as the Wolverines loaded the bases with two outs, but Sibley East was unable to score another run.
The Wolverines plated another run in the top of the seventh inning and pulled within 4-3. With one out, Flieth singled and Stearns walked. Flieth later scored when junior Sam Ebert followed with a single.
The game ended with Sibley East base runners stranded at the corners.
Stearns and Weber sparked Sibley East’s eight-hit attack with one single each and one double apiece. Serbus laced a double while Dose, Ebert and Templin added one single each.
Find the complete story in the June 10, 2021 addition of the Arlington Enterprise