SIOUX FALLS – Brookings Bombers Black were swept in a doubleheader against Sioux Falls West Thursday night. Brookings struggled to get going while Sioux Falls West bats were hot.
• Sioux Falls West 9, Brookings 3
Sioux Falls West scored five runs in the first two innings which propelled them to the victory in game one.
Ethan Swenson scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first to give SFW a 1-0 lead. Jack Sunvold, Bryson Metz, Mason Payne and Hugh Barnes all hit RBI singles in the second inning to put SFW up 5-0.
Jared Erickson hit an RBI double in the top of the third to get Brookings on the board. SFW then responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 8-1.
Brookings scored two runs in the top of the sixth. Tyson Antonen hit an RBI triple to make it 8-2 and he later scored on a Tane Freidrich sacrifice fly. SFW scored one run in the bottom of the sixth and shut down Brookings in the seventh to win the game.
Connor May started the game for the Bombers. He pitched three innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Ethan Clifford pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up three runs, two earned, on three walks. Erickson pitched 2 2/3 and gave up one unearned run with no hits, one strikeout and one walk.
Antonen was 1-for-3 and Erickson was 1-for-4.
• Sioux Falls West 17, Brookings 7 (F/4)
The SFW bats stayed hot in game two as they put up 17 runs on 14 hits and beat the Bombers in four innings due to the 10-run rule.
Brookings jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Aidan Austreim scored on a wild pitch, Luke Honkomp scored on a Freidrich ground out and Clifford hit an RBI double. SFW responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-2.
The Bombers extended their lead with a run in the top of the second. Austreim hit Will Conrad home with a sacrifice fly. SFW would then tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
Brookings regained the lead on a Fredrich RBI double, but SFW broke the game open in the bottom of the third with nine runs. The inning was highlighted by two-run triples from Austin Studenski and Marc Ryckman. The Bombers scored two runs in the top of the fourth, but SFW responded with four runs of its own to end the game.
Honkomp was 3-for-3 and Austreim was 1-for-1. Freidrich and May were 1-for-2.
The Bombers play a doubleheader against Aberdeen tonight at home with the first game starting at 5 p.m.