YANKTON – The Bandits beat a pair of Nebraska clubs to open pool play at the Lewis & Clark Wooden Bat Classic on Friday at Riverside Stadium.
Post 74 topped Norfolk 5-4 and Plattsmouth 8-1.
Brookings (4-1) concludes pool-play action today taking on Springfield-Platteview, Nebraska, at 4:15 p.m. and host Post 12 at 6:30 p.m.
The four pool champions advance to the semifinals, which are Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The championship game is to follow.
• Brookings 5, Norfolk 4
Rhett Zelinsky’s walkoff single with one out in the seventh lifted the Bandits to the opening win.
Tyler Kreutner, who finished 2-for-2, drew a walk from Norfolk reliever Sam Jagels to get the bottom of the seventh underway. He moved to second on a wild pitch.
Justin Devine reached on a fielder’s choice and Kreutner was safe at third on the play. Parker Rykhus’ one-out walk loaded the bases.
Zelinsky then singled on a hard groundball to left to plate Kreutner with the winning run.
Zelinsky finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Bandits opened the scoring in the third inning.
Jackson Krogman singled and Kreutner did the same with one away to put runners on the corners. Krogman scampered home on Devine’s groundout to make it 1-0.
Norfolk pulled even in the top of the fifth after Ryland Bates singled with two outs and scored on Nolan Strand’s double.
Post 74 countered with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth.
Krogman walked and moved up 90 feet on Cole Mahlum’s sacrifice. Kreutner was hit by a pitch. After Krogman stole third, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Devine – his second RBI of the game.
Jacob Schoon and Rykhus walked to load the bases for Zelinsky, who came through with a two-run single to right to put Brookings ahead 4-1.
Norfolk’s Brandon Ellenwood walked, Andrew Brandl was hit by a pitch and Brett O’Brien singled to load the bases with one out in the sixth. Ellenwood sprinted home when Jesus Baez hit into a fielder’s choice.
Bates walked to lead off the seventh, before Norfolk put together a two-out rally as Ellenwood singled and Wil Fisher walked to load the bases.
Brandl drew a base on balls to force in Bates and chase Schoon, who started on the mound for the Bandits.
Christian Mediger entered and threw one pitch – O’Brien hit the ball to second and reached on an error, which allowed Ellenwood to score; however, Fisher was thrown out at home on the play, leaving the score at 4-all.
Mediger was credited with the pitching win.
Schoon allowed four runs – two earned – on nine hits and six walks with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Ellenwood, Bates and Carter Faltys (double) each had a pair of hits for Norfolk.
Jagels took the loss after giving up one run on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning. Starter Gavin Schultz surrendered four runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings.
BROOKINGS 5, NORFOLK 4
Norfolk 000 011 2 – 4 9 0
Brookings 001 030 1 – 5 6 1
Gavin Schultz, Sam Jagels (7) and Ryland Bates; Jacob Schoon, Christian Mediger (7) and Cole Mahlum. W – Mediger. L – Jagels. 2B: N, Carter Faltys, Nolan Strand.
• Brookings 8, Plattsmouth 1
Caden Wright tossed a five-hitter and the Bandits put up three crooked numbers to move to 2-0 in pool play.
Wright gave up just one run while striking out five batters and walking two.
Post 74 got things going with three runs in the bottom of the third.
Mahlum drew a leadoff walk. Kreutner, who finished 2-for-4, and Devine had back-to-back RBI singles. Zelinsky stroked a two-out RBI single to make it 3-0.
Plattsmouth’s Aaron Hao led off the fourth with a double. Oscar Hinton followed with a bunt single and Logan Botzer drew a base on balls with one away. Easton Hoschar hit into a fielder’s choice, as Hao sprinted home for his team’s lone run of the game.
Kreutner opened the bottom of the fifth with a single and Devine walked. Schoon, who was 2-for-4, had an RBI single. Rykhus’ sacrifice fly drove in Devine to push the margin to 5-1.
Trevor Berreth walked and took second on a wild pitch in the sixth. Krogman singled and Mahlum was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Kreutner lifted a flyball to right and an error on the play allowed Berreth and Krogman to score. Devine picked up his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly, plating courtesy runner Tanner Shepardson to provide for the final margin.
Adam Eggert took the loss on the hill after allowing six runs – five earned – on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts in five innings.
BROOKINGS 8, PLATTSMOUTH 1
Plattsmouth 000 100 0 – 1 5 4
Brookings. 003 023 x – 8 7 3
Adam Eggert, Oscar Hinton (6) and Aaron Hao; Caden Wright and Cole Mahlum. W – Wright. L – Eggert. 2B: P, Hao; B, Mahlum.