Bombers Black drop first two games of Cubby’s Classic

Andrew Holtan/Register: Brookings’ Tyson Brandt gets ready to pitch the ball during the third inning of a 7-2 loss to Sioux Falls Cyclones Blue at Bob Shleden Field in Brookings Friday night.

BROOKINGS – The Bombers Black lost their first two games of the Cubby’s Classic Friday. They were unable to complete the comeback against Sioux Falls West in their first game and were unable to get their offense going against the Sioux Falls Cyclones Blue.

 Sioux Falls West 10, Brookings 9

The Bombers went down 5-0 after the first inning. Sioux Falls West scored their first run on an error, but scored their next four on three singles. 

Sioux Falls West would widen the gap in the second inning with three more runs to make it 8-0. They scored one of the runs on a single and the other two on an error. Brookings had four errors during the game.

Brookings dug themselves an even bigger hole when they gave up two more runs in the third inning. Sioux Falls West scored both of their runs on sacrifice flies.

The Bombers broke their scoreless streak in the third inning with four runs. With one out, Jaxton Eck, Trenton Pederson and Tyson Brandt all got on base with walks to load the bases up. Parker Winghart then hit a single to score Eck. Justin Cofell hit a sacrifice fly to send Pederson home and Nathan Lease hit an RBI single to score Brandt. Winghart then scored on a pass ball to make it 10-4 after three innings.

Brookings tried to cut into the lead even more in the fourth inning when they had the bases loaded with nobody out. Zach Struck and Eck walked, while Matt Nordmeyer got on base with a single. Struck and Nordmeyer scored on passed balls while Eck scored on an RBI single from Pederson to make it 10-7.

Winghart walked with one out Brookings runners on first and third. Pederson scored on a passed ball and Cofell hit Winghart home to make it 10-9. The Bombers had runners on first and second with one out after a Lease walk. A Carter Wright pop up in foul territory and a Struck strike out would end the inning.

Brookings went down one-two-three in the fifth inning and were in position to tie the game in the sixth. Brandt grounded out to begin the sixth, but Winghart reached safely on a fly ball and Cofell was hit by pitch. That gave the Bombers runners on first and second with one out. Lease was the next batter and he hit a ground ball to the shortstop who turned a double play and ended the game.

Lease got the start for the Bombers and pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up 10 runs, two earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Rocklyn Dauphinias finished the game for Brookings and gave up no runs and no hits.

Cofell went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Lease went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Pederson and Winghart each went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Brandt and Nordmeyer went 1-for-3.

SIOUX FALLS WEST 10, BROOKINGS 9

Brookings            004  500 –  9  6 4

Sioux Falls West 532  000 – 10 8 1

 Sioux Falls Cyclones 7, Brookings 2

The Bombers had just two hits against the Cyclones and were unable to come back after an early deficit.

Sioux Falls scored two runs in the top of the first inning. They scored their runs on an RBI single and an RBI double. 

Brookings cut the lead in half with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Pederson led off the inning by reaching base on an error. Winghart walked to give the Bombers runners on first and second with one out. Cofell then flew out to right field to make it two outs. Pederson scored on a passed ball and Lease grounded out to end the inning.

Sioux Falls scored two more runs in the second to make it 4-1. They scored both of their runs on RBI singles.

Brookings was unable to score in the bottom of the second and both teams were held scoreless in the in the third and fourth innings. Sioux Falls broke the game open in the fifth inning with three more runs to make it 7-1. 

The Bombers scored one run in the sixth inning, but were unable to rally and dropped their second game in-a-row.

Brandt started the game for Brookings. He pitched four innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits with no strikeouts and one walk. Pederson pitched the final two innings for the Bombers and he gave up one run that was not earned with no strikeouts and one walk.

Cofell went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Struck went 1-for-2.

SIOUX FALLS CYCLONES 7, BROOKINGS 2

Brookings  100  001 – 2 2 2

Sioux Falls 220  030 – 7 9 2

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