Bobcats close with two victories

Sean Welsh/Register: ABOVE: Brookings’ Parker Rykhus connects for a two-run single during the third inning of the Bobcats’ 9-6 win over Huron in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday evening at Bob Shelden Field. BELOW: Shortstop Jackson Krogman first to first baseman Jacob Schoon for an out. Brookings won the second game 12-4.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats swept Huron in a baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Bob Shelden Field, winning 9-6 and 12-4.

The Bobcats finished the regular season with an 11-8 record. Regional play is Saturday to determine the four-team state tournament field.

Game 1

• Brookings 9, Huron 6

The Bobcats put up six runs in the third inning en route to the win.

Parker Rykhus finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the third. He scored on Rhett Zelinsky’s sacrifice fly to knot the score at 4-all.

Cole Mahlum added an RBI single and Tyler Kreutner tacked on a two-run hit to make it 7-4 heading to the fourth.

The Tigers scored twice in the top of the sixth to pull within 7-6, before Brookings countered with a two-spot of its own in the bottom of the inning.

Jacob Schoon singled and stole second, before scoring on a Rykhus single. Zelinsky singled with two away, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and, after Brady Ammann walked, took home on a double steal to provide for the final margin.

Schoon went 2-for-3.

Tanner Shepardson entered in the third and gave up two runs – both unearned – on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in four innings to pick up the win. Jackson Krogman tossed a scoreless seventh to notch the save, striking out one batter and walking another.

Bryce Steffen and Max Kranzler both went 2-for-4 for Huron, which led 4-1 after two innings.

Daynon Huber, who took the mound in the third, surrendered four runs on one hit and three walks without recording an out while taking the loss.

BROOKINGS 9, HURON 6

Huron        220 002 0    6  9  4

Brookings 106 002 x    9  8  6

Angel Vazquez, Daynon Huber (3), Max Kranzler (3), Chipper Shillingstad (6) and Emerson Devries; Caden Wright, Tanner Shepardson (3), Jackson Krogman (7) and Cole Mahlum. W – Shepardson. L – Huber. Sv – Krogman. 2B: H, Bryce Steffen.

Game 2

 Brookings 12, Huron 4

Kreutner went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs as the Bobcats completed the sweep.

Tied at 3-3 after 3 1/2, Brookings scored nine unanswered runs – three in the bottom of the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth – to move ahead 12-3.

Rykhus drove in a pair of runs and Justin Devine went 2-for-3. Krogman scored three times.

Christian Mediger earned the win in relief, allowing three runs on three hits. Schoon, the starter, threw three scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out five.

Huron’s Jett McGirr was 3-for-4 and Steffen went 2-for-3.

BROOKINGS 12, HURON 4

Huron.      000 300 1      4  10  2

Brookings 120 342 x    12  10  5

Blake Larsen, Bryce Steffen (4), Jake Wehde (5) and Jett McGirr; Jacob Schoon, Christian Mediger (4), Justin Devine (6) and Cole Mahlum. W – Mediger. L – Larsen. 2B: H, Blaze Larsen; B, Devine, Tyler Kreutner.


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