Bombers Maroon fall 13-11 in title game to S.F. East Black

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SIOUX FALLS – The Bombers Maroon took an early lead but couldn’t hold on as Sioux Falls East Black rallied for a 13-11 win in the championship game of the Class A 13U State Baseball Tournament on Sunday at Harmodon.

Maroon, who dropped a 3-2 decision to East Black in Friday’s opening game of pool play, advanced to championship play as the wild card after beating Mitchell Gold, 11-8, and Watertown, 5-3, in Saturday’s pool-play games.

On Sunday morning, the Bombers then knocked off Harrisburg, 2-1, in eight innings to move into the championship game against East.


Sunday’s Games


• S.F. East 13, Brookings 11

Maroon built an 8-1 lead through three innings, but East plated 10 runs in the top of the fourth and then added two more in the fifth to go up 13-8.

Brookings came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run on second base with the bases loaded but couldn’t get last hit to fall in as East won the championship with an unblemished state tourney record.

Trey Svennes and Lincoln Hardin both drove in a pair of runs with a single and double apiece while Caden Krogman also had two RBIs and a single.

Zach Moe singled and drove in one as Josh Devine plated one run.

Cole McKeown, Ashton Witte, Talon Richter and Sam Hardin all added a single to Maroon’s 10-hit attack.

Svennes tossed the first 3 1/3 innings – giving up five runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Witte allowed five runs on five hits and a walk in 1/3 of a frame while Logan Bortnem threw 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs – two earned – on four hits and a walk with one strikeouts.

Jake Ammann finished up on the mound.



S.F. East                     010 (10)20 0 – 13 15 5

Brookings                    242   000 3 – 11 10 5

SFE battery unavailable; Trey Svennes, Ashton Witte (4), Logan Bortnem (4), Jake Ammann (7) and Caden Krogman. 2B: B, Lincoln Hardin, Trey Svennes.



• Brookings 2, Harrisburg 1 (8 innings)

Maroon got on the scoreboard in the top of the first when McKeown drew a leadoff walk; stole second; moved to third on a passed ball; and then scored on Krogman’s sacrifice fly to right field.

Harrisburg tied the score with a run in the second on a leadoff triple and RBI single and the score stayed knotted at 1-1 through regulation.

In the eighth, McKeown again walked to lead off the frame; moved to second on Witte’s sacrifice bunt; tagged up and went to third on Ammann’s fly ball out to right; and then scored on Svennes’ double.

Svennes walked the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth before inducing an infield fly; striking out Harrisburg’s No. 9 hitter; and then getting the leadoff hitter to fly out to center.

Sam Hardin added a seventh-inning single as Maroon finished with three hits.



Brookings                    100 000 01 – 2 3 0

Harrisburg                   010 000 00 – 1 4 0

Jake Ammann, Trey Svennes (6) and Caden Krogman; Harrisburg battery unavailable. W – Svennes. 2B: B, Trey Svennes.


Saturday’s Games

Pool Play

• Brookings 5, Watertown 3

Maroon plated four runs in the second and added a run in the fifth for a 5-0 lead before Watertown made it a game with a three-run sixth.

Witte led off the second with a walk and stole second before Krogman wrangled another base on balls. Moe’s one-out double plated Witte and Krogman scored on Sam Hardin’s two-out single.

Hardin stole second and third before scoring on a single by Devine.

In the fifth, McKeown singled with one out; stole second; and then scored on Ammann’s two-out single.

Watertown scored its three runs on three hits, including a double, and took advantage of a Maroon error and a base on balls.

Krogman earned the win after giving up three runs – two earned – on five hits and three walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.

Ammann picked up the save as he struck out two over the final 1 2/3.



Watertown                  000 003 0 – 3 5 0

Brookings                    040 010 x – 5 7 1

Watertown battery unavailable; Caden Krogman, Jake Ammann (6) and Sam Hardin. W – Krogman. 2B: B, Caden Krogman, Zach Moe.


• Brookings 11, Mitchell 8

Maroon sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first to jump out to an early 7-0 lead and then added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to go up 11-1.

Mitchell came back with four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth before the game was called due to the time limit as Brookings held on for the three-run win.

McKeown and Svennes both reached on Mitchell errors before Ammann singled; Witte doubled; and Krogman tripled.

Richter and Moe followed with base hits and then Sam Hardin singled.

Bortnem drew a walk before McKeown drove in the seventh run with a single.

In the fourth, McKeown doubled, but held at second on Svennes’ sharp base hit to left field. Both moved up a base without a throw from the catcher and McKeown scored on Witte’s ground out.

Krogman reached on an infield error as Svennes scored to make it 9-1.

In the fifth, Lincoln Hardin singled with one out; stole second; advanced to third on a throwing error when Sam Hardin lined out to third; and scored on a wild pitch.

Devine drew a walk; stole second; and scored on McKeown’s double to left to push Maroon’s lead to 11-1.

Gold closed within three runs before time ran out.

Bortnem earned the win after giving up one run on two hits and three walks with one strikeout over the first three innings.

Devine allowed four runs – two earned – on one hit and four walks with four strikeouts over two frames.

McKeown threw the sixth and gave up three runs on one hit and four walks with one strikeout.



Brookings                   700 220 – 11 13 4

Mitchell                      001 043 –   8   4 4

Logan Bortnem, Josh Devine (4), Cole McKeown (6) and Caden Krogman; Grosdidier, Hinher (5) and VanOverschield. W – Bortnem. L – Grosdidier. 2B: B, Cole McKeown (2), Ashton Witte (2). 3B: B, Caden Krogman.

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