Class A: S.F. Brewers, Yankton go 2-0 on opening weekend

Andrew Holtan/Register: Brookings starting pitcher Jacolby Anderson delivers during the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels in the first round of the Class A State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Bob Shelden Field. The Cubs bounced back with an 8-5 defeat of Castlewood to advance to the second weekend of the tourney.

Cubs fall to S.F. Flying Squirrels, beat Castlewood to advance to second weekend

BROOKINGS – The Sioux Falls Brewers and Yankton went 2-0 on the opening weekend of the Class A State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Bob Shelden Field.

The Cubs, the Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels, Sturgis and Renner each posted 1-1 records to also advance.

Brookings dropped its opener 4-1 to the Flying Squirrels before bouncing back with an 8-5 defeat of Castlewood.

The Ravens and Aberdeen were eliminated.

The tourney continues Friday in Mitchell.

The Cubs take on the Monarchs at 1:30 p.m. at Drake Field.


 Sioux Falls Brewers 7, Renner 1

Bryce Ahrendt tossed a complete game and the Brewers scored all their runs in the fifth inning to beat the rival Monarchs in a winner’s bracket contest.

He gave up one run on six hits with five strikeouts, throwing 98 pitches.

Jesse Munsterman led the off the fifth with a double and quickly scored on Tom Hill’s single to tie things up at 1-all.

Cole Anderson bunted and reached on an error, before Hill scampered home on a wild pitch. Tommy Linn and James Borges had back-to-back singles to make it 3-1.

After Ian Strum drew a base on balls, TJ Miller stroked a two-run hit. Josh Kunzmann singled with one out. Strum scored on an obstruction call at third base. Hill’s two-out RBI hit put the Brewers ahead 7-1.

Hill and Munsterman both went 2-for-4.

Renner had a two-out rally in the bottom of the second to score its lone run. David Borchardt singled and Corey Vasquez was hit by a pitch. Ryan Hander had an RBI single.

Borchardt and Hander both finished 2-for-4.

Kris Regas took the loss after giving up seven runs – five earned – on nine hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks in five innings. Edward Reichenbach pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out four.


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Bryce Ahrendt and TJ Miller; Kris Regas, Edward Reichenbach (6) and Corey Vasquez. W – Ahrendt. L – Regas. 2B: SF, Jesse Munsterman; R, Tim Huber, David Borchardt.

 Sturgis 3, Aberdeen 1

Zac Smith pitched 7 1/3 solid innings and catcher Jesse Kurtenbach homered as the A’s eliminated the Circus Sports Bar.

Smith surrendered just one run on nine hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

Brad Winkelman recorded the final four outs, allowing one hit, to notch the save.

Sturgis scored all three of its runs with two away in the bottom of the third.

Nick Kuzjak, who finished 3-for-4, got things going with a single.

Cam White followed with an RBI triple.

Kurtenbach drove a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left field for a two-run homer, making it 3-0.

Kurtenbach finished 2-for-4. Winkelman doubled.

Aberdeen catcher Mitchell Babcock connected on a 1-1 pitch with one out in the seventh for a solo home run to left.

Jace Wyatt was 3-for-4, while Christian Cox and Ryan Ellingson both went 2-for-4.

Cox was the losing pitcher. He gave up three runs on eight hits with 13 strikeouts and a pair of walks over eight innings.


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Christian Cox and Mitchell Babcock; Zac Smith, Brad Winkelman (8) and Jesse Kurtenbach. W – Smith. L – Cox. 2B: S, Winkelman. 3B: S, Cam White. HR: A, Babcock; S, Kurtenbach.


 Yankton 12, Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels 1 (8 inn.)

Billy Mount tossed a three-hitter and the Tappers’ offense racked up 16 hits and drew eight walks in a winner’s bracket matchup.

Mount struck out eight and walked three.

Derrick Nelson was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

Devin Gullikson went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Gabe Leon added two hits and a pair of RBIs.

Mason Townsend and Alex Mueller both singled twice.

Mack Hollingsworth was 1-for-2 with four walks and three runs scored. Mitch Gullikson ended up 1-for-2 with three walks and four runs.

Yankton led 2-1 after three before sandwiching three-run innings around a two-run second to take control.

Trevor Hurley singled and drove in a run for the Flying Squirrels.

Alejandro Cortina took the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits and five walks with a pair of strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.


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Billy Mount and Nate Robertson; Alejandro Cortina, Seth Peterson (4), Dust Haffeman (6) and Jack Revier. W – Mount. L – Cortina.

 Brookings 8, Castlewood 5

The Cubs grabbed an early lead and then scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the deal in the elimination game.

Kyle Krogman earned the pitching win after giving up five runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and a walk in five innings.

Marcus Heemstra faced one over the minimum in four scoreless frames. He did not allow a hit and struck out three batters while picking up the save.

Jeff Fish went 3-for-5 with a trio of RBIs. Austin Koenig finished 2-for-3 and scored twice.

Todd Standish was hit by a pitch with two away in the bottom of the first. Fish singled and Sam McMacken walked to load the bases.

David Thomas’ two-run double to left opened the scoring.

The Ravens pulled even in the second. Blake Turbak and Jacob Lemoreux singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Logan Gabriel followed with a two-run two-bagger.

Brookings put up a four-spot in the bottom of the second.

Carter Roach and Austin Koenig drew walks and moved up 90 feet on Jared Tschetter’s sacrifice. Ty Schneider also walked to load the bases.

Standish and Fish came through with back-to-back two-run singles to make it 6-2.

Andy Turbak and Blake Turbak doubled to open the third. Lemoreux’s RBI single cut the deficit to 6-4.

The Ravens pulled within 6-5 in the fifth as Eric Danforth singled, stole second and took third on an error on the play, and scored on Blake Turbak’s hit. Turbak finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

The Cubs got going again after that.

In the sixth, Koenig singled and stole second. Tschetter sacrificed. After Standish was beaned with two away, Fish stepped up with an RBI single to put the hosts ahead 7-5.

Jacolby Anderson, who finished 2-for-4, singled with one out in the seventh. Pinch-runner Noel Burgos stole second and also swiped third, with an error on the play allowing him to scamper home and make it a three-run game.

Lemoreux was 2-for-4 for Castlewood.

Cole Wirkus surrendered eight runs – seven earned – on nine hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings in the loss.


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Cole Wirkus, Eric Danforth (8) and Ben DeVille; Kyle Krogman, Marcus Heemstra (6) and Austin Koenig. W – Krogman. L – Wirkus. Sv – Heemstra. 2B: C, Logan Gabriel, Blake Turbak, Andy Turbak; B, David Thomas.

 Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels 4, Brookings 1

Trevor Hurley threw eight innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run, and totaled three RBIs to lead the Flying Squirrels over the host team in the first round.

Jaden Holzer tripled to right field to lead off the game and scored on Hurley’s groundout shortly after.

Holzer reached on an error with one away in the third and Christian Rassmuson singled to put runners on the corners. Hurley’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

Rassmuson drew a two-out base on balls in the fifth. Hurley stroked an RBI double to center as the Flying Squirrels moved ahead 3-0.

In the eighth, catcher Jack Revier doubled with two away and scored on Austin Serck’s hit to make it 4-0.

The Cubs scored their lone run in the bottom of the eighth.

Sam McMacken walked with one out, moved to second on a groundout and scored on David Thomas’ two-out hit. Thomas finished 2-for-3 with a walk.

Hurley beaned Austin Koenig and Jared Tschetter to open the bottom of the ninth.

Serck entered on the mound and got a pair of flyouts to right and a fielder’s choice to seal the win. He was credited with the save.

The Flying Squirrels’ Seth Peterson finished 2-for-4.

The Cubs left 12 runners on base.

Jacolby Anderson took the loss after surrendering four runs – three earned – on eight hits with nine strikeouts and a walk in eight innings. Seth Fraser struck out the side in the ninth, issuing one walk.


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Trevor Hurley, Austin Serck (9) and Jack Revier; Jacolby Anderson, Seth Fraser (9) and Austin Koenig. W – Hurley. L – Anderson. Sv – Serck. 2B: SF, Hurley; B, Jeff Fish. 3B: SF, Jaden Holzer.

 Yankton 7, Castlewood 2

Luke Bauske and Mack Hollingsworth combined on a seven-hitter and the Tappers used key two-out hits to beat the Ravens in the opening game.

Bauske allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks in five innings to earn the win.

Hollingsworth tossed four shutout innings to notch the save, surrendering a pair of hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

Derrick Nelson had a two-run double with two outs in the third and Gabe Leon came through with a three-run double with two away in the fourth to put Yankton ahead 5-0.

Castlewood got on the board in the fifth.

Jacob Lemoreux got it going with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Blake Turbak added an RBI single, cutting the deficit to 5-2.

Yankton’s Alex Mueller doubled with one out in the sixth and scored on Mitch Gullikson’s hit to make it 6-2.

The game was suspended due to the weather after that.

Shortly after play resumed Saturday morning, Gabe Leon reached on an error with two away and Gullikson scampered home on the play to provide for the final margin.

Gullikson went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored three times.

Turbak was 3-for-3 with a pair of walks for the Ravens. Lemoreux added a pair of hits.

Connor Fransen took the loss after surrendering seven runs – six earned – on six hits with five strikeouts and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Tucker Bayles threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings down the stretch.


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Luke Bauske, Mack Hollingsworth (6) and Mason Townsend, Nate Robertson (6); Connor Fransen, Tucker Bayles (6) and Ben DeVille. W – Bauske. L – Fransen. Sv – Hollingsworth. 2B: Y, Gabe Leon, Derrick Nelson, Alex Mueller, Mason Townsend; C, Blake Turbak, Andy Turbak.

 Sioux Falls Brewers 9, Aberdeen 2

The Brewers scored four runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth to pull away from the Circus Bar.

Chris Kessinger gave up two runs – none earned – on four hits with six strikeouts and a trio of walks in seven innings. Korey Kuhlmann tossed two scoreless frames to close it out, allowing one hit and walking three.

Charlie Dubanoski, who went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, doubled to open the bottom of the seventh. He stole home with two away to make it 3-2.

Ian Strum came through with a two-run double and TJ Miller added an RBI single to push the margin to 6-2.

In the eighth, Bryce Ahrendt’s sacrifice fly plated Josh Kunzmann. Tom Hill and James Borges, who went 3-for-4, added run-scoring hits to provide for the final margin.

Kunzmann, who finished 2-for-4, had a two-run single in the fourth to tie the score at 2-all.

Circus Bar’s Tyler Oliver doubled to lead off the second and Mitchell Babcock reached on an error. Both later scored to put Aberdeen on top 2-0.

James Lewis tossed a complete game in the loss, surrendering nine runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and four walks.


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James Lewis and Mitchell Babcock; Chris Kessinger, Korey Kuhlmann (8) and Charlie Dubanoski. W – Kessinger. L – Lewis. 2B: A, Babcock, Tyler Oliver; SF, Ian Strum, James Borges, Dubanoski.

 Renner 12, Sturgis 1 (7 inn.)

Josh Baumgart threw a five-hitter, striking out 14 and walking one, and the Monarchs got off to a fast start in the dominant victory.

Erik DeJong was 4-for-4 with a trio of RBIs and three runs scored.

Eight different Monarchs collected a hit, with Nate Hewes adding three and Grant Hieb two.

Renner put up a seven-spot in the first.

DeJong had a two-run double and, with two away, David Borchardt stroked a two-run triple.

Corey Vasquez, Hieb and Brian McGuire added RBI singles to cap the big frame.

The Monarchs added a pair of runs in the second, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

The A’s Zac Smith had an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

Jesse Kurtenbach went 2-for-2 with a walk.

Randy Hughes was the losing pitcher, surrendering seven runs on seven hits and two walks in one inning.

RENNER 12, STURGIS 1 (7 inn.)

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Randy Hughes, Cody Schulze (2) and Jesse Kurtenbach; Josh Baumgart and Corey Vasquez. W – Baumgart. L – Hughes. 2B: R, Erik DeJong. 3B: R, David Borchardt.


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