FAIRMONT - Sleepy Eye pitchers Scott Salfer, Adam Sellner and Sean Mathiowietz combined to throw eight innings of one-hit baseball against Fairmont Legion Post 36 on Monday at Herb Wolf Field in a 7-5 victory for Post 7.
Sleepy Eye took the lead in the top of the eighth inning on a base hit to left field by Salfer with runners on first and second making it 7-5. Sellner started the scoring rally for Sleepy Eye, taking a walk to reach first before stealing second base.
Mathiowetz was hit by a pitch to put him on first base for Salfer's at-bat.
Fairmont took the lead early in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, after Tanner Nawrocki and Jon Ellis walked to put runners on first and second.
Nawrocki reached third on a throwing error and scored on a wild-pitch.
Ellis stole second base and then reached third on an error on the throw from the catcher. Max Waletich hit a high fly-ball to center to score Ellis for the 2-0 Fairmont lead.
"We jumped on them early, which was really good, but then lost our focus. Their pitchers kept us off balance and we need to do a better job of making adjustments," said Fairmont Legion Post 36 head coach Scott Chirpich.
After Sleepy Eye scored a run in the top of the third inning, Fairmont responded with another run in the bottom of the third.
Ellis walked and stole second to get into scoring position for Fairmont. Waletich reached first on an error, advancing Ellis to third and Mitch Pfingsten hit a sacrifice fly to score Ellis to give them the 3-1 lead.
Fairmont showed life in the bottom of the fifth inning, after falling behind 4-3 when Nawrocki walked for the second time in the game to get on base and then stole second to get into scoring position. Ellis walked, taking second on the wild-pitch and scoring Nawrocki from second base to knot the game at 4-4.
Sleepy Eye scored another run in the top of the seventh, to take back the lead on a fielder's choice to the second basemen by Brady Hansen.
Fairmont's Ryan Noll knocked in Ellis from third base in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game up at 5-5. Ellis reached on a walk and advanced to second on the lone Fairmont hit by Waletich.
Ellis took third base on Pfingsten's at-bat, to load up the bases.
"We did a nice job of coming back in the seventh inning, we just need to make the plays to close the game out," said Chirpich.
Sleepy Eye's Salfer pitched four innings, allowing three runs on no hits, striking out five and walking four. Sellner pitched three innings of hit-less ball to earn the win for Sleepy Eye.
Fairmont's Jordan Voss pitched four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with one strike out and two walks. Max Waletich came in for 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing four runs on four hits with one strike out and two walks to take the loss. Tanner Nawrocki came in to get the final two outs in the eighth inning for Fairmont.
Waletich recorded the lone hit in the game and collected an RBI. Ellis scored three of Fairmont's five runs, walking in each of his four at-bats. Nawrocki scored the two other Fairmont runs.
Pfingsten and Noll each collected one RBI.
Fairmont (7-8) hosts Mankato National in an 8 p.m. game on Thursday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.