Cubs crush Rats 15-0 to advance at state tourney


BRANDON – Seth Fraser and Sam McMacken both homered and Jake Devine threw four shutout innings as the Cubs beat the Valley Springs Rats 15-0 in five innings during an elimination game at the Class A State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Aspen Park.

Fraser also doubled while finishing 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored.

Kyle Krogman was 3-for-4, Jared Tschetter 2-for-3 and JaColby Anderson 2-for-4.

Devine allowed just one hit. The left-hander struck out six batters and walked three.

Krogman led off the game with a single. Anderson followed with a hit and stole second. Jeff Fish’s one-out RBI single got the Cubs on the board. McMacken followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Anderson and make it 2-0.

Fraser opened the second with a homer, driving a 3-2 pitch over the fence in right field.

Brookings scored 11 runs on seven hits and five walks with one Rats error in the fourth to break things open. The Cubs sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning.

Fraser drew a one-out walk and Ty Schneider followed with a single. Tschetter reached on an error, which allowed Fraser to score. Krogman singled to load the bases.

With two away, Todd Standish ripped a double to right field to unload the bases, leaving Brookings with a 7-0 advantage.

McMacken and Fish walked to reload the bases. Austin Koenig drew a base on balls to force in Standish and chase Valley Springs starter Mitch Hoover.

Fraser greeted reliever Connor Nagel with a hot shot to right on his second pitch. The double plated three runs and extended the advantage to 11-0.

After Schneider walked, Tschetter plated a run with a single. Schneider scored on an error and Krogman tallied an RBI hit to put the Cubs on top 14-0.

Anderson then singled, before a groundout finally ended the frame.

McMacken smacked a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right field with one out in the fifth to round out the scoring.

Tschetter pitched a scoreless fifth to close it out, striking out one batter and walking another.

Hoover took the loss after surrendering 11 runs – three earned – on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Nagel gave up four runs on five hits and a walk over the final 1 1/3.

Brookings takes on the Sioux Falls Brewers on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Renner Ball Park.

BROOKINGS 15, VALLEY SPRINGS 0 (5 inn.)

Brookings       210 (11)1    15  13  0

Valley Springs 000 00          0    1  2

Jake Devine, Jared Tschetter (5) and Austin Koenig; Mitch Hoover, Connor Nagel (4) and Jacob Mulder. W – Devine. L – Hoover. 2B: B, Seth Fraser, Todd Standish. HR: B, Fraser, Sam McMacken.

Other games

RENNER/BRANDON – Five-time defending champion Renner raced through the opening weekend with a pair of shutout wins, beating Valley Springs 10-0 in seven innings Friday night and then defeating Yankton 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at Renner Ball Park.

Josh Baumgart tossed a one-hitter against the Rats.

Kris Regas threw eight innings of three-hit ball and struck out 12 batters versus the Tappers. Derek Quame pitched the ninth. Erik DeJong hit a two-run homer.

On the other side of the bracket, Aberdeen edged the Sioux Falls Brewers 3-2 in the winner’s game on Sunday at Aspen Park.

Tyler Newman hit a pop fly to open the bottom of the ninth and reached on an error on the play. He took second on Kelly Coates’ sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Mitchell Babcock hit a groundball and an error allowed Newman to score the winning run.

Christian Cox, who went 2-for-3, hit a solo homer and Newman added an RBI double in the fourth to put the Circus Sports Bar ahead 2-0.

The Brewers pulled even in the fifth on an RBI single by Charlie Dubanoski and a run-scoring double from Jesse Munsterman.

James Lewis gave up two runs on 13 hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in a complete-game performance to earn the win.

The Brewers’ Jordan Schievelbien surrendered three runs – two earned – on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Tom Hill (two doubles) and Munsterman both finished 3-for-4, and Dubanoski was 3-for-5. Ian Strum added two hits.

Castlewood eliminated Sturgis with a 14-3 victory earlier Sunday.

The Brewers outlasted the Ravens 7-6 in 12 innings and the Circus Sports Bar defeated the A’s 5-3 on Saturday at Renner Ball Park. Cox racked up 22 strikeouts versus Sturgis.

Renner and Aberdeen face off in the first semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. at Ronken Field in Sioux Falls. Castlewood takes on Yankton at 3:30 p.m. at Renner Ball Park in an elimination game.

The victors in the loser’s bracket play at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the second semifinal taking place at 5:30 p.m. The championship is Sunday at noon.

Register photos: 

Above, Cubs starting pitcher Jake Devine delivers. He threw four innings of one-hit ball, striking out six and walking three.

Below, Brookings’ Todd Standish lines a three-run double during the fourth inning of the Cubs’ 15-0, five-inning victory over the Valley Springs Rats in an elimination game at the Class A State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Aspen Park in Brandon. The Cubs scored 11 runs in the fourth. 


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