Bullets fall in championship game against Renner

Andrew Holtan/Register: Bullets’ Brayden Clifford swings at the ball during the bottom of the second inning of the championship game of the Buffalo Wild Wings Showdown. Brookings lost to Renner 8-7.

BROOKINGS – After going 3-0 in round robin play, the Bullets dropped a close game to the Renner Dukes in the championship game of the Buffalo Wild Wings Showdown.

After multiple delays due to lightning Saturday night, Renner scored the first runs of the game in the top of the first inning. They led off the inning with a walk and a batter was hit by a pitch with one out. A single, followed by a double sent the runners home and gave the Dukes a 2-0 lead.

The Bullets were unable to score any runs in the bottom of the inning and Renner added three more runs in the top of the second. With one out, the Dukes hit a single and a batter hit by a pitch. They then scored runs on an error and a fielder’s choice to make it 5-0.

Sam Hardin hit a lead-off single for the Bullets in the bottom of the inning. Trey Svennes then struck out looking and Brayden Clifford grounded into a fielder’s choice. Isaac Norgaard grounded out to end the inning. 

Both teams were held scoreless in the third inning. Brookings held Renner scoreless in the top of the fourth inning and was able to cut the lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the inning. 

Lincoln Hardin, Joey McMacken and Sam Hardin led off the inning with single’s to load the bases up with nobody out. Lincoln Hardin scored on a passed ball and Svennes walked to load the bases up again. With one out, Norgaard hit a double that allowed McMacken and Sam Hardin to score. Ethan Molengraaf sent Svennes home on a ground out and Jett Leddy struck out to end the inning.

Each team did not score in the fifth inning and Renner extended their lead to 8-4 in the top of the sixth inning. They scored the three runs on back-to-back-to-back single’s with one out.

McMacken reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the inning. Sam Hardin then walked and Svennes grounded out for the first out of the inning. Clifford was hit by pitch to load the bases up, but Norgaard struck out for the second out. Molengraff then hit single that sent McMacken home to make it 8-5 and Leddy struck out to end the inning.

Brookings kept the score at 8-5 and had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning after Josh Devine walked and Lincoln Hardin doubled. McMacken struck out and Sam Hardin hit a single to score Devine and Lincoln Hardin to make it 8-7. Svennes then lined out to end the game and give Renner the championship victory.

Brayden Clifford started the game for the Bullets. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs, four earned, on 13 hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Lincoln Hardin got the final out for Brookings and it was a strikeout.

Sam Hardin went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Norgaard and Molengraaf each went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Lincoln Hardin went 3-for-4 and McMacken went 1-for-4.

The Bullets will have a doubleheader at Yankton on Wednesday with the first game starting at 4 p.m.

RENNER 8, BROOKINGS 7

Renner      230  003  0 – 8 13 2

Brookings 000  401  2 – 7   9 1

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