BROOKINGS – The Bombers Black ran their season record to 4-2 with a doubleheader sweep of Sioux Falls West on Monday at Mickelson Field.
Black won the opener, 7-6, and then held on for a 12-11 win in the nightcap.
The Bombers play host to Brandon Valley in another doubleheader on Wednesday at Mickelson. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
• Brookings 7, S.F. West 6
Black sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first to plate five runs and get out to an early 5-1 lead as Cole Mahlum, Noah Bayer and Wes Koenig singled in runs and Reid Brettschneider drew a base on balls to force in a run.
In the second, Mahlum reached on a fielder’s choice; advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Bayer’s double to left field to push the Bombers’ lead to 6-1.
Max Struck led off the fourth with a base hit; stole second; went to third on a throwing error; and then, scored on Jamison Honkomp’s single to make it 7-4 through four complete.
Nick Schefers earned the win on the mound as he gave up three runs – two earned – on five hits and three walks with one strikeout in three innings of work.
Mason Bebensee tossed two innings of relief and allowed one run on three hits and three walks.
Brettschneider worked the sixth and gave up a run on three hits and walk while Struck earned the save as he allowed one run on one hit and two walks.
BROOKINGS 7, S.F. WEST 6
S.F. West 102 101 1 – 6 12 4
Brookings 510 100 x – 7 8 1
West battery unavailable; Nick Schefers, Mason Bebensee (4), Reid Brettschneider (6), Max Struck (7) and Wes Koenig. W – Schefers. Sv – Struck. 2B: B, Noah Bayer.
• Brookings 12, S.F. West 11
It was all about big scoring innings as West scored seven runs over the first three frames to match Blacks’ seven tallies through two at-bats.
But the home team notched a single run in the fourth when Jackson Krogman led off with a base hit; stole second; advanced to third on a groundout to the right side; and then scored on Max Kjelden’s sacrifice fly to center field to make it 8-7.
Black tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth as they took advantage of two hit batters, a walk and a West error to get on base. Krogman scored the first run on the error; Honkomp touched home on Bebensee’s fielder’s choice; and then Kjelden and Mahlum scored on Bayer’s single to push the advantage to 12-7.
Brookings ended up needing all of those as West plated four in the top of the seventh on a walk, a hit batter and three singles before Krogman got the final batter to ground out – second to first – with the tying run on second base.
Krogman earned the win in relief after giving up six runs – four earned – on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Mahlum threw 1 2/3 frames in the start and allowed five runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
BROOKINGS 12, S.F. WEST 11
S.F. West 322 000 4 – 11 10 2
Brookings 430 104 x – 12 11 2
West battery unavailable; Cole Mahlum, Jackson Krogman (2) and Jamison Honkomp. W – Krogman. 2B: Jamison Honkomp.