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1A: Sleepy Eye defeats South Ridge behind 13-strikeout performance

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 06/15/18, 4:00PM CDT


Junior pitcher Jacob Berg's efforts keyed a 4-1 victory that puts the Indians in the title game for the first time since 2000.

Sleepy Eye pitcher Jacob Berg fields a ball in front of the mound against South Ridge Friday afternoon. Berg struck out 13 Panther batters in the Indians' 4-1 victory. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Sleepy Eye junior Jacob Berg stood near first base wanting water, air conditioning and teammate Zach Haala to finish what Berg started on the pitching mound – maybe even in that order.

Berg, the Indians’ starter, struck out 13 South Ridge batters in a 4-1 victory Friday in the Class 1A semifinals. Pitch count limits prevented Berg from getting the final out on a steamy afternoon at Chaska Athletic Park.

Berg helped No. 2 seed Sleepy Eye (18-5) reach its first title game appearance since winning the championship in 2000.

No. 3 seed South Ridge (20-6) got a fourth inning run but left the bases loaded.

Sleepy Eye senior Avery Stevens drops down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the second inning in the Class 1A State semifinal against South Ridge. The Indians defeated the Panthers 4-1 in Chaska. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

South Ridge junior Elias Tuominen makes a strong throw to get a Sleepy Eye runner out at first base in a Class 1A State semifinal in Chaska. The Panthers fell to the Indians 4-1. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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