BROOKINGS – The Bullets posted a pair of wins in the Buffalo Wild Wings Showdown on Friday at Bob Shelden Field, beating West Central 8-5 and Renner 8-2.
Brookings (14-14) plays the Watertown Red Sox today at 9 a.m. to conclude pool play. The third-place game is at 2 p.m. and first pitch for the championship matchup is set for 4:30 p.m.
n Brookings 8, West Central 5
The Bullets grabbed the lead with five runs in the fifth and then pushed the advantage to 8-4 with two more in the sixth en route to the win.
Isac Norgaard singled to open the bottom of the fifth and Ethan Molengraaf and Jett Leddy were hit by pitches.
Norgaard scored on a wild pitch and Payton Theodosopoulos walked to reload the bases. Molengraaf then sprinted home on a wild pitch, before Josh Devine walked to again load them up.
Lincoln Hardin drew a base on balls to force in Leddy, knotting the score at 4-4.
Braden Clifford reached on an error with two away, allowing Devine and Hardin to score to make it 6-4.
In the sixth, Molengraaf singled. Devine came through with a two-out RBI double and then scored on Hardin’s hit to push the margin to 8-4.
Devine finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Hardin also drove in two runs and scored twice. Theodosopoulos doubled.
Sam Hardin tossed a complete game, surrendering five runs – four earned – on 10 hits with one strikeout and a walk.
BROOKINGS 8, WEST CENTRAL 5
West Central 010 300 1 – 5 10 2
Brookings 001 052 x – 8 7 1
• Brookings 8, Renner 2
The Bullets built a 5-0 lead after three innings while picking up their second win of the day.
Devine pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-hit ball and did not allow an earned run, striking out seven and walking five. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs at the plate.
Molengraaf was 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
Theodosopoulos doubled and drove in two runs.
BROOKINGS 8, RENNER 2
Renner 000 011 0 – 2 2 1
Brookings 032 030 x – 8 10 1