WATERTOWN – The Bombers Black dropped both games of a doubleheader on Monday to the Black Sox at Watertown Stadium.
The Black Sox rolled to a 15-4 five-inning decision in the opener and then put together a nine-run seventh to rally to a 13-12 win in the nightcap.
Brookings travels to Sioux Falls today for a 5 p.m. doubleheader against West at Harmodon.
• Watertown 15, Brookings 4
Nine Bomber errors led to eight unearned Watertown runs as the home team scored four times in the second and added eight more in the third en route to the five-inning win.
Three of Brookings’ six hits went for extra bases as Noah Bayer, Jamison Honkomp and Jackson Krogman each clubbed a double.
Krogman led off the game with his double; moved to third on Max Struck’s sacrifice bunt; and then scored on Max Kjelden’s groundout.
Bayer doubled to lead off the third frame before Krogman drew a walk. Both moved up a base on a wild pitch and Bayer scored on Kjelden’s one-out sacrifice fly. Krogman then scored on Honkomp’s two-out double.
In the fifth, Krogman reached base on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on Struck’s single. Honkomp took one for the team with two outs to load the bases before Cole Mahlum came through with an RBI single.
Struck suffered the loss after giving up 12 runs – six earned – on nine hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings of work. Honkomp allowed one unearned run and struck out one Black Sox batter in 2/3 of an inning. Nick Schefers tossed 2/3 of a frame and gave up two runs – one earned – on three walks, and Reid Brettschneider got the final out.
WATERTOWN 15, BROOKINGS 4
Brookings 102 01 – 4 6 9
Watertown 148 2x – 15 9 0
Max Struck, Jamison Honkomp (3), Nick Schefers (4), Reid Brettschneider (4) and Wes Koenig; Watertown battery unavailable. L – Struck. 2B: B, Noah Bayer, Jamison Honkomp, Jackson Krogman.
• Watertown 13, Brookings 12
The Bombers started strong in Game 2 as they plated seven runs in the first two innings to lead 7-1 through two.
Cole Mahlum had the big hit in the first inning with a two-RBI triple, and then, he scored on a wild pitch.
In the second, Brettschneider and Struck sandwiched singles around walks by John Noordsy and Krogman to set the table for Honkomp and Mahlum, who had back-to-back RBI singles.
Black scored two more runs in both the fourth and sixth innings as Struck led off the fourth with a single and later scored on a double steal. Honkomp reached base on a fielder’s choice; stole second and scored on another Mahlum RBI single.
In the sixth, Struck reached on a Black Sox error before Kjelden and Honkomp loaded the bases with back-to-back singles. Another Black Sox error on a ball put into play by Mahlum allowed Struck and Kjelden to score as Brookings pushed its lead to 11-4 after six complete.
The Bombers added an insurance run in the seventh when Wes Koenig led off with a base hit; moved to second on Noordsy’s sac bunt; advanced to third on a base hit by Krogman; and then, scored on Kjelden’s sacrifice fly to right field.
But the Black Sox took advantage of one walk, two Bombers’ errors and three hit batters, to go along with five Watertown hits – two for extra bases – to plate nine runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull off the come-from-behind win.
Honkomp suffered the loss in relief after allowing three earned runs on three hits in the seventh. Brettschneider started and gave up four earned runs on six hits and four walks over four frames. Mahlum tossed two innings, walking one and striking out two. Kjelden allowed six runs – two earned – on two hits and a walk without getting an out in the seventh.
WATERTOWN 13, BROOKINGS 12
Brookings 340 202 1 – 12 11 6
Watertown 102 100 9 – 13 11 3
Reid Brettschneider, Cole Mahlum (5), Max Kjelden (7), Jamison Honkomp (7), Wes Koenig (7) and Cole Mahlum, Wes Koenig; Watertown battery unavailable. L – Honkomp. 3B: Cole Mahlum.