Third baseman Garrett Gerstner comes up throwing for the final out of the third inning during the Bullets 16s 13-3 opening-game win over Sioux Falls East on Monday at Bob Shelden Field. Brookings also won Game 2, 15-5, to complete the sweep and improve to 5-0 on the season. Photo by Troy Maroney/Register
BROOKINGS The Brookings Bullets 16 posted a pair of run-rule victories against Sioux Falls East in a VFW baseball doubleheader Monday at Bob Shelden Field.
Brookings won by the scores of 13-3 (5 innings) and 15-5 (6 innings).
The Bullets 16 (5-0) play host to two Pierre teams in a doubleheader today beginning at 2 p.m.
Brookings 13, S.F. East 3 (5 inn.)
The Bullets took control early with a nine-run first inning.
Carter Roach led the 13-hit attack with three singles, while also adding two RBIs.
Cody Shepardson had two doubles and three RBIs. Kyle Krogman and Garrett Gerstner added two hits and one RBI apiece; and Bryce McMacken doubled.
Jordan Lerdal earned the pitching win after allowing three runs two earned on six hits, with six strikeouts and three walks, in five innings.
Cason Heier had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs to pace Sioux Falls East.
BROOKINGS 13, SIOUX FALLS EAST 3
S.F. East 110 10 3 6 1
Brookings 910 03 13 13 2
Jacob Barkema, Sam Nesbitt (1) and Matt White; Jordan Lerdal and Kyle Krogman. W Lerdal. L Barkema. 3B: SFE, Cason Heier. 2B: SFE, Justin Miller; B, Cody Shepardson 2, Bryce McMacken.
Brookings 15, S.F. East 5 (6 inn.)
The Bullets scored five runs in both the second and fifth innings, before completing the sweep with a three-run sixth.
Gerstner hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with three RBIs.
Krogman, Roach and Logan Busch each had three of Brookings 14 hits. Krogman tripled and had three RBIs; Roach had two RBIs; and Busch notched an RBI double.
Mack Burns added two hits, including a triple; and Jared Tschetter doubled. Shepardson drove in a pair of runs.
Trevor Hornig was credited with the win on the mound, giving up two runs one earned on four hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks, over four innings. Sam Schutt tossed the final two frames.
Justin Miller went 3-for-3, including a triple and a double, with two RBIs to pace Sioux Falls East.
BROOKINGS 15, SIOUX FALLS EAST 5
S.F. East 200 021 5 8 1
Brookings 250 053 15 14 1
Ethan Lynn, Alex Fonder (2), Cason Heier (4), Andrew White (6) and Josh Nevin; Trevor Hornig, Sam Schutt (5) and Carter Roach. W Hornig. L Lynn. HR: B, Garrett Gerstner. 3B: SFE, Justin Miller; B, Kyle Krogman, Mack Burns. 2B: SFE, Miller, Josh Nevin 2; B, Jared Tschetter, Logan Busch.