BROOKINGS – The Brookings Junior Legion team swept Watertown in a doubleheader Wednesday. Both games were very close, with the ‘Chutes winning 4-3 in Game 1. The teams went back and forth in Game 2 with Brookings walking it off in the ninth inning.
• Brookings 4, Watertown 3
Watertown opened up the game with two runs in the first inning.
Brookings answered with three runs off of three RBI singles from Jamison Honkomp, Jake Ammann and Kyle Bauer in the third inning.
Watertown tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, but Brookings regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly from Ammann.
Watertown did not get a hit in the sixth and seventh innings, giving Brookings the victory.
Bauer pitched a complete game for the ‘Chutes. He gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits. He struck out six batters and walked two. On the offensive side, Bauer went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Amann went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Honkomp went 1-for-1 with an RBI. Max Kjelden went 1-for-4 with a double.
BROOKINGS 4, WATERTOWN 3
Brookings 200 010 0 – 3 7 2
Watertown 003 010 x – 4 7 1
• Brookings 8, Watertown 7 (9 inn.)
It was a back and forth affair. Brookings jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI double by Ammann and a 2 RBI single by Ashton Witte.
Watertown would strike back with three runs of their own in the third inning to tie things up 3-3. Honkomp put the ‘Chutes back on top with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
Watertown scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 5-4 lead. Brookings would then score three runs, two of them coming from another double from Ammann, in the bottom of the sixth inning to regain the lead.
Watertown tied things up at 7-7 in the seventh inning with an RBI single from Moe Young. Brookings had a man on third with one out in the seventh but were unable to hit him home, so the game went to extra innings.
Kade Russell led off the top of ninth with a single for Watertown. He advanced to second, but Watertown did not get another hit.
In the bottom of the inning, Honkomp hit a one-out single and Ammann hit a double after him to put runners on second and third. Bauer then walked and Witte hit into a fielders choice.
With two outs Trey Svennes hit a ground ball to the third baseman and a fielding error allowed Ammann to score and win the game for Brookings.
Mason Bebensee pitched five innings for Brookings and gave up four runs and eight hits with no strikeouts. Kjelden pitched three innings and gave up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Trey Svennes pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.
Ammann went 4-for-6 with three doubles and three RBIs. Honkomp went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Witte went 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
BROOKINGS 8, WATERTOWN 7 (9 inn.)
Brookings 310 003 001 – 8 13 0
Watertown 030 011 200 – 7 13 4