Brookings 3rd at ESD


HARRISBURG – The Brookings softball took third in the Eastern South Dakota Conference Tournament on Saturday.

Bobcats fell in their first game of pool play 10-0 to Harrisburg. Brookings bounced back in its second game of pool play with a 6-5 win over Mitchell. The Bobcats then beat Brandon Valley 7-0 in the third place game.

Third-place game

 Brookings 7, Brandon Valley 0

A complete game, three-hit shutout from Annika Hawks propelled the Bobcats to victory in the third place game. Hawks had four strikeouts and no walks.

Brookings scored one run in both the first and second inning. The Bobcats then scored three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth and came away with the 7-0 win.

Janine Warne was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Sydney Grendler was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jaelynn Gaspar was 2-for-4. Hawks and Tess Pantkze were each 1-for-3. Kaeley Dixon was 0-for-2,  but had two RBIs.

Pool play

 Brookings 6, Mitchell 5

Mitchell jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three innings. Brookings would cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth, but the Kernels would stretch the lead back two in the bottom of the inning.

The Bobcats scored a run in the sixth and would take their first lead of the game with a three run seventh inning to make it 6-4. Mitchell scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bobcats hung on and came away with the win.

Grendler went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Jenna Evans went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Taya Clausen wejt 2-for-3 and Pantkze went 1-for-2. Warne and Hawks each went 1-for-4. 

Clausen pitched the first six innings for Brookings. She gave up four runs, one earned, on six hits with four strikeouts. Hawks pitched the final inning and gave up one unearned run.

 Harrisburg 10, Brookings 0 (4 inn.)

The Tigers scored two runs in the first, three in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth.

Brookings had just three hits and had five errors in the field. Grendler, Warne and Hawks each went 1-for-2.

Harrisburg had nine hits and no errors.

Brookings hosts a doubleheader against Watertown on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Southside Park in Brookings.

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