FARGO, N.D. – The ‘Chutes finished pool play with an unblemished records after wins over Moorhead and Minnetonka on Saturday, before dropping an 11-1 decision to the Fargo Bombers in Sunday’s title game of the Jim McLaughlin Junior Legion Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Brookings rallied to beat Moorhead, 5-4, before rolling over Minnetonka, 11-1, to finish pool play with a 3-0 mark and advance to the championship game against the Bombers.
The ‘Chutes, 5-7 overall, play host to Sioux Falls East on Tuesday in a doubleheader at Bob Shelden Field that starts at 5 p.m.
• Fargo 11, Brookings 1
The ‘Chutes committed eight errors as Fargo put up seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and then tacked on four more in the third after Brookings put up a single run in the top of the third.
Daniel Messerli suffered the loss after surrendering 11 runs – two earned – on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Henry Hammerich didn’t allow a run over the final 1 2/3 after giving up one hit and a base on balls.
Henry Hammerich took one for the team with two outs in the third; advanced to second on Jackson Krogman’s walk; and then, scored on Jamison Honkomp’s single to right field.
Cole Mahlum had a pair of base hits while Max Kjelden and Max Struck tacked on a single apiece.
BROOKINGS 1, FARGO 11
Brookings 001 00 – 1 5 8
Fargo 704 0x – 11 6 1
Daniel Messerli, Henry Hammrich (3) and Cole Mahlum; Fargo battery unavailable. L – Messerli.
Saturday’s Pool Play
• Brookings 5, Moorhead 4
Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the ‘Chutes put up three runs to beat Moorhead for the second day in a row.
After Moorhead scored twice in the top of the first, Brookings answered with a run in the bottom of the frame after sandwiching hits by Hammerich and Krogman around Struck’s groundout to get one run back.
Moorhead tacked on two more in the top of the second before Nick Schefer reached base in the second via a walk, moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt; and then scored on Caden Wright’s RBI double to left field to make it 4-2 through two.
Messerli led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk; and then, with one out, moved to second and third on wild pitches before Wright drew a walk. Wright stole second and Messerli stole home to pull Brookings within 4-3.
Wright advanced to third on a wild pitch before Hammerich walked to put runners on the corners.
Hammerich went to second on a passed ball before Struck walked to load the bases for Krogman’s two-RBI double to left as the ‘Chutes rallied for a 5-4 victory.
Kjelden picked up the win in relief after giving up three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3. Bauer started and surrendered four earned runs on a hit and eight walks with a K in 1 2/3 innings.
BROOKINGS 5, MOORHEAD 4
Moorhead 220 000 – 4 4 2
Brookings 110 003 – 5 4 3
Moorhead battery unavailable; Kyle Bauer, Max Kjelden and Cole Mahlum. W – Kjelden. 2B: B, Jackson Krogman, Caden Wright.
• Brookings 11, Minnetonka 1
Leading 2-1 heading into the sixth, the ‘Chutes put up nine runs in the sixth to down Minnetonka in six innings via the run rule.
The ‘Chutes got on the scoreboard in the top of the second when Kjelden singled; stole second; advanced to third on a passed ball; and then, scored on Wright’s sacrifice fly to center.
Tied 1-1 in the fifth, Krogman reached on an infield error with one out; stole second; and then scores for a 2-1 lead when the Minnetonka defense mishandles on Honkomp’s ground ball.
Brookings sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth – as eight of their 11 bases on balls were issued – and scored nine runs to make it 11-1 through 5 1/2.
Wright earned the win after allowing just one unearned run over four frames on three hits and five walks. Nick Schefers, who came on in relief in the fifth, struck out the side in the sixth to preserve the run-rule win.
BROOKINGS 11, MINNETONKA 1
Brookings 010 019 – 11 5 3
Minnetonka 001 000 – 1 4 3
Caden Wright, Nick Schefers (5) and Cole Mahlum; Minnetonka battery unavailable. W – Wright.