The Brookings U14 Wood Bat Tournament wrapped up over the weekend at four different fields in the area. The Bombers Black place third in the majors division and the Bombers Maroon took fifth in the minors division.
Seen here: Centerfielder Cody Honkomp draws a bead on a fly ball as he catches it for the final out of the second inning during the Bombers Maroon’s 10-5 win over Yankton during their fifth-place game on Sunday at Aurora Field.
/ Rightfielder Isaac Brandt lays down a sacrifice bunt to advance Devin Coughlin to third base during the fourth inning of the Bombers Black’s10-6 win over Brandon Valley in the third-place game on Sunday at Bob Shelden Field.
BROOKINGS – The Bombers Black placed third in the majors division and the Bombers Maroon took fifth in the minors division at the Brookings U14 Wood Bat Tournament over the weekend.
North Heights Stillwater beat Yankton, 4-2, in the majors championship on Sunday afternoon at Bob Shelden Field. The Minnesota-based team overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run third inning in the win, as Riley Johnson had two hits and Austin Peterson had two RBIs. Bo Lovdahl threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the pitching win and Matt Wallner tossed a scoreless sixth to notch the save.
The Bombers Black (12-9) travel to Aberdeen for a tournament next weekend, opening play against Pierre on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. The Bombers Maroon (13-8) play host to Aberdeen Black for a doubleheader Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Mickelson Middle School Field.
Majors third place
• Bombers Black 10, Brandon Valley 6
Brookings scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull out the win over the Thundercats and secure a third-place finish.
Eddie Miller scored on a wild pitch and Akren Prodoehl tied the game at 6-all when his sacrifice fly plated courtesy runner Garret Jeppesen. Chris Lerdal then drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a single.
Sam McMacken scored on an error after that; Isaac Brandt’s groundout plated Lerdal; and Devin Coughlin made it home on a wild pitch to push the lead to 10-6.
Mitchell McKibben scored on Prodoehl’s groundout to put Brookings up 1-0 in the first.
The Thundercats answered with one run in the second and two in the third to take a 4-1 lead; before Brookings tied things up with two runs in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth.
McMacken notched a two-run single in the third and Coughlin scored on Isaac Rounds’ ground ball in the fourth.
Brandon Valley plated a pair of runs on groundball outs in the top of the fifth to retake the lead – 6-4 – before Brookings answered in the bottom of the inning.
McMacken led Brookings with two hits and two RBIs. Prodoehl had one hit and two RBIs.
Stratmoen, the Bombers’ fourth pitcher in the game, earned the win. He did not allow a run or a hit, and walked one batter in two innings.
Kyle Bailey and Logan Hanzel both had one hit and two RBIs for the Thundercats. Hanzel recorded a two-run single in the third. Taylor Thompson took the pitching loss after tossing the fifth inning.
BOMBERS BLACK 10, BRANDON VALLEY 6
Brandon Valley 013 020 – 6 4 4
Brookings 102 16x – 10 7 0
Cal Kedick, Taylor Thompson (5) and Kyle Bailey; Trevor Wallen, Eddie Miller (3), Mitchell McKibben (3), Caleb Stratmoen (5) and Isaac Rounds. W – Stratmoen. L – Thompson.
• Yankton 2, Bombers Black 1
The visitors scored two runs in the first inning and held on to earn a spot in the championship game of the majors division.
Yankton starter Reid Sawatzke limited Brookings to one run – unearned – on three hits in a complete-game showing. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Tyler Guthmiller led off the game with a single and advanced to second on an error on the play. He got to third on Sawatzke’s hit before scoring on the Bombers’ second miscue of the inning.
Colin Muth made it 2-0 with an RBI single, before Brookings recorded three straight outs to get out of the inning without further damage.
The Bombers Black scored their run in the fourth. Mitchell McKibben reached on an error to open the inning. He got to second on Zach Treiber’s single and reached third after Garret Jeppesen’s bunt loaded the bases.
Following a flyout, Akren Prodoehl hit into a fielder’s choice but was credited with an RBI when McKibben scored to pull Brookings within 2-1.
Sawatzke retired all six batters he faced over the final two frames to secure the win.
Sam McMacken and Jacob Puppe had the other two hits for the Bombers. Puppe took the pitching loss, giving up two runs – zero earned – on seven hits, with two strikeouts, in four innings.
YANKTON 2, BOMBERS BLACK 1
Yankton 200 000 – 2 8 1
Brookings 000 100 – 1 3 3
Reid Sawatzke and Shelden Gant; Jacob Puppe, Isaac Brandt (5) and Preston Tetzlaff. W – Sawatzke. L – Puppe.
Minors fifth place
• Bombers Maroon 10, Yankton 5
AURORA – After spotting Yankton four runs in the first two innings of play, the Bombers Maroon scored a lone run in the third inning before exploding for eight runs in the fourth en route to a 10-5 win and fifth place in the Minors’ Division on Sunday at Aurora Field.
Yankton scored two runs in each of the first two innings before Maroon’s comeback.
Bombers Maroon 10, Yankton 5
Yankton 220 010 – 5
Brookings 001 81x – 10
• Bombers Maroon 5, Watertown 2
AURORA – After leaving the bases loaded in the second inning, Watertown scored a pair of runs in the third, but that would be all Maroon allowed as the Bombers scored two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to pull out a 5-2 win in the bracket game on Sunday morning.
Cameron May walked to lead off the fifth and then stole second base before Jameson Meyer hit a triple to plate May. Meyer scored on Riggen Zelinsky’s double before Brandin Heesch singled to score Zelinsky.
Cody Honkomp added an RBI-single in the fourth as Hunter Zink and Hunter Liles each scored a run to tie the game at 2-all after four complete.
Bombers Maroon 5, Watertown 2
Watertown 002 000 – 2
Brookings 000 23x – 5
• Bombers Black 5, Mitchell Black 3
Brookings scored all five of its runs in the second inning and won Pool A in the majors division with a perfect 3-0 record in pool play.
The Bombers Black had just one hit in the decisive inning but took advantage of five walks and two Mitchell errors.
With the bases loaded and one out, Akren Prodoehl scored on Jacob Pharis’ groundball and Jacob Puppe scored on an error on the play to tie the game at 2-all.
After a walk again loaded the bases, Caleb Stratmoen drew another free pass that scored Preston Tetzlaff. Pharis scored on a fielding error after Zach Treiber hit a pop fly over first base; and Sam McMacken added a sacrifice fly, plating Isaac Rounds, to cap the big inning.
Puppe, Chris Lerdal, Tetzlaff and Pharis each had a single for Maroon.
Devin Coughlin earned the pitching win, giving up two runs on two hits, with three walks and a strikeout, in four innings. Garret Jeppesen picked up the save after allowing one run on one hit, with a strikeout and a walk, over the final two frames.
Mitchell took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, as Josh Feiner had an RBI sacrifice fly and Koln Thie added a run-scoring single. Feiner led off the fifth with a single and eventually scored on a balk to pull Mitchell within 5-3.
Tucker Kingsbury gave up five runs on four hits, with seven walks and a strikeout, in four innings while taking the pitching loss.
BOMBERS BLACK 5, MITCHELL BLACK 3
Mitchell Black 020 010 – 3 3 2
Brookings 050 00x – 5 4 0
Tucker Kingsbury, Jed Schmidt (5) and Austin Getty; Devin Coughlin, Garret Jeppesen (5) and Preston Tetzlaff. W – Coughlin. L – Kingsbury. Sv. – Jeppesen.
• Sioux Falls Cyclones 5, Bombers Maroon 4
The Cyclones answered the Bombers’ four-run fifth inning with two runs in the top of the sixth to pull out the one-run victory.
Sioux Falls scored three runs in the third, when Brookings took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth after a big two-out rally.
Trey Tiefenthaler drew a bases-loaded walk, forcing home Jameson Meyer for Maroon’s first run of the game. Matt Mason followed with an RBI single, plating Sam Wilber, and Hunter Liles also scored on an error on the play to tie the score at 3-all. Tiefenthaler then scored after Hunter Zink’s ground ball was misplayed.
Carter Holm, Cameron May and Ryan Argust each added a hit for Brookings in the game.
Joe Sudbeck led Sioux Falls with a two-hit effort, including a two-run double in the third. Brennan Large, who also had two hits, scored on a fielder’s choice in the third. In the sixth, Josh Fligge had an RBI single and Tiegen Salava scored on a groundout for what proved to be the winning run.
Hayden Fiala threw 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief to earn the win. Zink took the pitching loss after throwing the final two frames.
Maroon finished third in Pool C in the minors division with a 1-2 record.
SIOUX FALLS CYCLONES 5, BOMBERS MAROON 4
S.F. Cyclones 003 002 – 5 8 2
Brookings 000 040 – 4 4 1
Carson Coulter, Nolan Behr (4), Hayden Fiala (5) and Stanley Larson; Riggen Zelinsky, Trey Tiefenthaler (3), Hunter Zink (5) and Sam Wilber. W – Fiala. L – Zink. 2B: SFC, Joe Sudbeck.