'Chutes take second in Jim McLaughlin Tournament

FARGO, N.D. – The ‘Chutes placed second in the Jim McLaughlin Junior Tournament over the weekend at Jack Williams Stadium.

Brookings beat Sioux Falls West 10-2 in five innings on Saturday to wrap up pool play with a 3-0 record.

The Winnipeg Chiefs 18U dropped Post 74 14-1 in five innings in the championship game Sunday afternoon.

Brookings also took second in the tourney last year.

The ‘Chutes (7-3) return to action at the Minnetonka Tournament, which begins Thursday.

Sunday – Championship

 Winnipeg 14, Brookings 1 (5 inn.)

The Chiefs put up 12 runs in the top of the first inning – highlighted by Drew Vassart’s grand slam – en route to taking the title.

Vassart totaled five RBIs. Jeff Peitsch (two RBIs), Jake Hruska (triple) and Logan Warkentin each had three hits as the Chiefs totaled 22 in the game.

David Barron doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs.

Donavan Collier allowed one run on two hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

The Chiefs improved to 23-1.

Jake Ammann led off the bottom of the second with a two-bagger and scored on Wes Koenig’s two-out double for the ‘Chutes.

Mason Bebensee gave up eight runs – seven earned – on seven hits and one walk in one-third of an inning.


Winnipeg (12)01 01    14  22  1

Brookings 010     00      1    2  2

Saturday – Pool play

 Brookings 10, Sioux Falls West 2 (5 inn.)

The ‘Chutes scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 5-1 lead and then sealed the deal with a five-run fifth.

Ammann tossed a four-hitter, giving up two runs – one earned – with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Ashton Witte led off the bottom of the second with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Max Struck’s two-out RBI single opened the scoring.

Sioux Falls West pulled even in the top of the fourth, before Brookings put up four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Koenig walked to get it going. Struck reached on an error with one out and picked up his second RBI of the game as courtesy runner Trey Svennes scored from third on the play to make it 2-1.

Henry Hammrich stroked an RBI double, before Kjelden walked. Following a double steal, Jamison Honkomp plated Hammrich with a sacrifice fly. Ammann reached on an error, which allowed Kjelden to sprint home and push the margin to 5-1.

Sioux Falls West scored its other run in the top of the fifth.

The ‘Chutes ended the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Koenig walked with one out and Struck drew a two-out base on balls. Hammrich was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Kjelden, who finished 2-for-3, came through with a two-run single and Honkomp followed with a two-RBI double. Honkomp advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch to end the game via the eight-run rule.

Kyle Bauer had Brookings’ other hit


S.F. West  000 11      2  4  2

Brookings 010 45  –  10  6  1


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