BROOKINGS – The Bandits improved to 13-17 on the season after splitting a doubleheader with Watertown on the road. They dropped a close game in Game 1, but were able to bounce back with a blow-out victory in Game 2.
• Watertown 6, Brookings 5
The Bandits tied the game late, but were unable to come out on top as Watertown scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning.
Brookings scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the first inning. Jacob Schoon and Cole Mahlum led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Tyler Kruetner then hit Schoon home on a single and Rhett Zelinsky hit Mahlum home with another single to make it 2-0.
The Bandits added to their lead in the second inning. Jackson Krogman and Trevor Berreth both walked. Schoon then singled to load the bases up with no outs. Mahlum hit a single to center that allowed Krogman and Berreth to score to make it 4-0.
Watertown got on the board in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Jacob Tisher singled and Parker Schmidt doubled. Evan Falconer then walked to load the bases up. Tisher then scored on a single to make it 4-1 after two innings.
Brookings was held scoreless in the top of the third inning and Watertown then took the lead after four runs in the bottom of the inning. They took the lead on a three-run home run from Schmidt to make it 5-4.
Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings. The Bandits would then tie the game in the top of the sixth inning.
With one out, Berreth hit a single. Schoon then flew out to right for the second out and Mahlum doubled to give the bandits runners on second and third. Kruetner was hit by a pitch to load the bases up and Zelinsky was also hit by a pitch to tie the game 5-5.
The game would not be tied for very long as Watertown regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Mason Evans hit a solo home run to make it 6-5 after six innings.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Justin Devine and Krogman hit back-to-back singles. Berreth then flew out and Schoon lined out to end the game and give Brookings the loss.
Schoon started the game for the Bandits and pitched two innings. He gave up one run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Zelinsky pitched one inning and gave up four runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. Devine pitched three innings giving up one run on one hit with two strikeouts and four walks.
Mahlum went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Zelinsky went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Kruetner went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Schoon went 2-for-5.
WATERTOWN 6, BROOKINGS 5
Brookings 220 001 0 – 5 11 0
Watertown 014 001 x – 6 10 0
• Brookings 8, Watertown 4
The Bandits bounced back in Game 2 as they used an eight-run fifth inning to come away with a victory.
Neither team scored in the first four innings of the game. Brookings broke open the game in the top of the fifth inning with eight runs.
Schoon led off the inning with a single. Mahlum was then hit by a pitch and Kruetner walked to load the bases up with no outs. Zelinsky hit a single to send Schoon home and Parker Rykhus hit a two RBI single to make it 3-0. Zelinsky scored on a passed ball and Devine hit Rhykus home to make it 5-0. Devine hit a RBI double, Mahlum hit a RBI single and Schoon scored on an error to make it 8-0.
Watertown finally scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, the bases were loaded and Krogman walked in a run to make it 8-1. Schmidt then popped out to third to end the inning.
The Bandits had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh with no outs. Mahlum hit a ground ball that the catcher picked up. He touched home, threw it to the third baseman and he threw it to second to complete a triple play to end the top of the inning.
Falconer led off the bottom of the inning with a single. Nathan Gonnelly then hit a two-run home run to make it 8-3. Watertown then had the bases loaded with two outs and Mason Morris hit a single to make it 8-4. Schmidt then struck out to end the game.
Krogman pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up on run on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Rhykus went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Devine and Mahlum each went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Daniel Messerli went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
The Bandits will play in the Gopher Classic in Prior Lake, Minn, this weekend.
BROOKINGS 8, WATERTOWN 4
Brookings 000 080 0 – 8 7 2
Watertown 000 001 3 – 4 7 2