Bandits close Dakota Classic with victory

SIOUX FALLS – The Bandits concluded the Dakota Classic with an 8-3 triumph versus Papio South, Nebraska, on Sunday afternoon at Harmodon.

Post 74 dropped a 7-2 game to Kindred, North Dakota, on Saturday at Ronken Field to finish with an 0-3 mark in pool play.

Brookings (8-7) is host to Huron for a doubleheader Wednesday at 5 p.m.


 Brookings 8, Papio South 3

Justin Devine pitched a complete game and Tyler Kreutner drove in four runs as the Bandits closed with a consolation victory.

Devine gave up three runs – two earned – on 10 hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts.

Catcher Cole Mahlum, who was 2-for-3, tripled to lead off the fifth and Caden Wright was hit by a pitch. Kreutner hit into a fielder’s choice, plating Mahlum to open the scoring.

Papio South quickly answered in the bottom of the inning after Brandon Creps reached on an error, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on Nate Deane’s sacrifice and scored on Trenton Breha’s sacrifice fly.

The Bandits took control with four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Rhett Zelinsky, who finished 2-for-3, doubled to open the sixth. Tanner Shepardson and Mahlum were hit by pitches to load the bases with one out.

Wright promptly unloaded the bases, lining a three-run triple to right field. He scored on Kreutner’s hit to make it 5-1.

Parker Rykhus and Zelinsky got the seventh frame going with singles. Jackson Krogman was hit by a pitch with one out to load the bases.

With two away, Wright hit a grounder and reached on an error, which allowed Rykhus to score.

Kreutner’s second hit – a two-run double – gave Post 74 an 8-1 cushion.

Papio South closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Breha doubled for the second time in the game with one out. Bodi Walhr followed with an RBI single. After Grant Oseka got a hit, Jack Bland had a run-scoring single to provide for the final margin.

Breha, Walhr and Oseka each totaled two hits.

Breha took the loss on the mound after surrendering four runs on three hits with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. Walhr, the starter, allowed one run on four hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings.

Half of Brookings’ 10 hits went for extra bases, as Jacob Schoon added a double.


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Justin Devine and Cole Mahlum; Bodi Walhr, Trenton Breha (5), Jake Horacek (6) and Jack Bland. W – Devine. L – Breha. 2B: B, Tyler Kreutner, Jacob Schoon, Rhett Zelinsky; PS, Breha 2. 3B: B, Mahlum, Caden Wright.


 Kindred 7, Brookings 2

Sawyer Rolland hit a three-run homer and Nick Eggmann pitched a complete game to lead the North Dakota squad.

Eggmann allowed two runs – none earned – on eight hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

The Bandits’ Jacob Schoon finished 3-for-4. He started a two-out rally in the first with a single. Parker Rykhus reached on an error.

Rhett Zelinsky’s two-run double gave Post 74 an early lead.

Kindred’s Michael Hall opened the bottom of the first with a single. Trent Dushscherer had a one-out RBI double. Atley Ingebrigtson reached on an error with two away, allowing courtesy runner Jack Dura to sprint home and knot the score at 2-2.

Kindred put up four runs in the second.

Hunter Hendrickson, who finished 2-for-2, singled and Logan Myers walked. Jon Twedt’s one-out walk loaded the bases. Dushscherer hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in Hendrickson for his second RBI of the game.

Rolland stepped to the plate next and connected for a three-run round-tripper to left field.

In the sixth, Twedt singled and Dushscherer drew a base on balls. Ingebrigtson capped a 2-for-4 day with an RBI single to provide for the final margin.

Kindred’s Andy Friere went 3-for-4.

Caden Wright gave up six runs – five earned – on seven hits and a pair of walks in two innings in the loss. Christian Mediger threw the final four frames, surrendering one run on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks.


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Caden Wright, Christian Mediger (3) and Cole Mahlum; Nick Eggmann and Trenton Dushscherer. W – Eggmann. L – Wright. 2B: B, Rhett Zelinsky; K, Dushscherer. HR: K, Sawyer Rolland.


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