BROOKINGS – Bombers Black was able to shut-out Watertown in both games of their doubleheader against Watertown Thursday.
• Brookings 11, Watertown 0 (5 inn.)
The Bombers were able to make quick work of Watertown as they used good offense and good pitching to win in five innings via the 10-run rule.
Brookings was able to get on the board early in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Tyson Brandt walked, but was caught stealing. Parker Winghart then doubled and was hit home on a double from Justin Cofell to make it 1-0 after one inning.
Watertown went down one-two-three in the top of the second inning and the Bombers were able to add to their lead in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Jaxton Eck and Andrew Bishop singled. Trenton Pederson then doubled and that sent both Eck and Bishop home to make it 3-0 after two innings.
Brookings broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Winghart led off the inning with and double and Cofell singled. Nathan Lease then hit a single that allowed Winghart to score. With one out, Carter Wright was hit by a pitch to load the bases up. Eck then singled and Cofell scored. With two outs, Pederson was walked and Lease scored. Brandt then singled and Wright scored to make it 7-0 after three innings.
Watertown went down one-two-three again in the top of the fourth inning and the Bombers scored four more runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Cofell hit a solo home run to make it 8-0. Lease then singled and Zach Struck walked. With two outs, Eck, Bishop, Pederson and Brandt all walked and Brookings scored three runs to make it 11-0.
Watertown, who had no hits in the game so far, had to score to keep the game going and avoid the 10-run rule in the fifth inning. The first batter grounded out and the second batter flew out. Cofell was then one out away from a no-hitter, when the Watertown batter hit a single and broke it up. That batter was then caught stealing to end the game and give Brookings the win.
Cofell pitched five shut-out innings with two strike outs and one walk. At the plate, he was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Pederson went 1-for-2 with four RBIs and Brandt went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Lease went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Eck went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Bishop went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
BROOKINGS 11, WATERTOWN 0 (5 inn.)
Watertown 000 00 – 0 1 0
Brookings 124 4x – 11 12 0
• Brookings 9, Watertown 0
It was almost a repeat of Game 1 in Game 2. The Bombers hit the ball well and played good defense to lead them to another blow-out victory.
Brookings scored early again as they were able to score two runs in the first inning. With one out, Brandt and Winghart both singled. Brandt and Winghart both scored by stealing home.
Each team was held scoreless in the second inning and Brookings was able to add to their lead in the third. Pederson had a lead-off walk and Brandt singled. Pederson then scored on a Winghart single. With one out, Lease walked to load the bases up and Struck walked to scored Brandt. Winghart then scored on an error to make it 5-0 after three innings.
Watertown went down one-two-three in the top of the fourth inning and Brookings put the game out of reach with three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Pederson once again led off the inning with walk and Brandt singled. They both scored on a single to make it 7-0 and Winghart scored on a Cofell ground out. With two outs, Struck and Rocklyn Dauphinais walked. Struck would then score on a Matt Nordmeyer single to make it 9-0 after four innings.
Neither team scored the rest of the game and Brookings improved to 18-9 on the season. The Bombers out-hit Watertown 21-5 in the two games.
Nordmeyer pitched a complete game shut-out and gave up four hits with six strike outs and no walks.
Winghart went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Nordmeyer went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Cofell went 1-for-4 with an RBI and Brandt went 3-for-4. Struck had an RBI without getting a hit.
The Bombers will head to Sioux Falls July 22nd for a doubleheader against Sioux Falls West with the first game beginning at 5 p.m.
BROOKINGS 9, WATERTOWN 0
Watertown 000 000 0 – 0 4 2
Brookings 203 400 x – 9 9 1