SIOUX FALLS – The Cubs closed out their regular season on the short end of a 9-2 decision against the Flying Squirrels on Monday night at Harmodon.
Brookings, 21-4, takes on Aurora at noon on Saturday in Castlewood in a semifinal game of the Class A North District playoffs. The winner of that game faces the winner of the Castlewood Ravens and Aberdeen at 6 p.m. for the district championship.
• Sioux Falls 9, Brookings 2
The Squirrels sandwiched a pair of base hits around a Brookings error to plate two runs in the bottom of the first to grab the early lead.
Sioux Falls added another run in the third on a single and double before tacking on two more in the fourth on two singles, a double and another error to make it 5-0 through four.
Back-to-back errors, two hits and another error led to three more runs in the seventh for the Squirrels before Brookings got on the scoreboard in the eighth.
Mike Graybill drew a leadoff walk before Austin Koenig followed with a double. Skyler Cary’s groundout scored Graybill and Koenig scored on Ty Schneider’s two-out single.
A pair of walks and a base hit in the bottom of the eighth for Sioux Falls provided for the final score.
Curt Anderson suffered the loss after giving up five runs – four earned – on nine hits and four walks with six strikeouts in six innings of work. Cary gave up three unearned runs on a couple of hits in the seventh before Schneider allowed one earned run in the eight on one hit and two walks.
SIOUX FALLS 9, BROOKINGS 2
Brookings 000 000 020 – 2 5 6
Sioux Falls 201 200 31x – 9 12 2
Curt Anderson, Skyler Cary (7), Ty Schneider (8) and Jacob Meyer; Seth Peterson, Zach Dibble (8) and Lucas Wylie. W – Peterson. L – Anderson. 2B: B, Austin Koenig, Sam McMacken; SF, Jaden Holzer, F Donelan.