BROOKINGS – The Cubs are back in the state tourney.
Brookings beat the Castlewood Ravens 7-3 in the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Class A North District Tournament title game Saturday night at Bob Shelden Field.
In the semifinals, Brookings rallied to beat Aberdeen Circus Sports Bar 7-6 and Castlewood topped the Aurora A’s 15-0 in six innings.
Kyle Krogman went 7-for-10 at the plate for the day while also earning the pitching win versus the Ravens.
The state tournament is Aug. 3-5 in Renner and Aug. 10-12 at Ronken Field in Sioux Falls.
• Brookings 7, Castlewood 3
The Cubs put up four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 7-3 lead.
Kyle Krogman gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with one strikeout in seven innings to pick up the win. He also went 2-for-5 at the plate.
Caleb Stratmoen retired all six batters he faced, including two via strikeout, to finish it off.
Jeff Fish opened the eighth with a base on balls and Seth Fraser singled to chase Raven starter Connor Fransen. Ty Schneider drew a walk off lefty relief Eric Danforth, loading the bases.
Skyler Cary then hit a groundball to third, and an error by Alex Gauer allowed both Fish and Fraser to score to make it 5-3.
Austin Koenig, who ended up 2-for-3, followed with a two-run single to push the margin to 7-3.
Castlewood opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first frame.
Alex Turbak singled with two outs, stole second and scored on Jake Wendland’s hit.
Brookings countered with one run in the third.
Koenig led off the inning with a single and Krogman had a one-out hit to put runners on the corners.
Krogman quickly took off attempting to steal second base. Fransen stepped off and threw to second base; meanwhile, courtesy runner Caleb Stratmoen sprinted home and slid in safely to knot things up at 1-1. Krogman was also safe.
The seventh inning saw Koenig draw a walk and advance to second on Curt Anderson’s sacrifice.
Krogman hit a grounder to shortstop Cole Julius, who fired to third. However, his low throw was bobbled, which allowed Koenig to slide in safely. Krogman stole second.
JaColby Anderson then hit a hard grounder under the glove of Gauer at third. The error allowed Koenig and Krogman to scamper home and make it 3-1 in favor of the Cubs.
Castlewood’s Corey Roach and Ricky Hannasch walked in the bottom of the seventh, before moving up 90 feet on Kolton Michalski’s sacrifice.
Corey Roach scored on a wild pitch, before Carter Roach came through with an RBI single to pull the Ravens even at 3-3.
Fransen took the loss after giving up five runs – two earned – on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Danforth allowed two runs – none earned – on one hit and two walks with four strikeouts in two frames.
BROOKINGS 7, CASTLEWOOD 3
Brookings 001 000 240 – 7 6 0
Castlewood 100 000 200 – 3 4 4
Kyle Krogman, Caleb Stratmoen (8) and Austin Koenig; Connor Fransen, Eric Danforth (8) and Kolton Michalski. W – Krogman. L – Fransen. 2B: B, Skyler Cary.
• Brookings 7, Aberdeen 6
Austin Koenig’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the eighth completed the comeback for the Cubs, who trailed 6-0 after 4 1/2 innings.
Brookings cut the deficit in half with three runs in the fifth and then put up a four-spot in the eighth.
Jeff Fish threw 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound. He allowed just one hit while striking out five batters.
Kyle Krogman went 5-for-5 at the plate.
The Cubs overcame 14 stranded runners to post the win.
Krogman led off the fifth with a single. JaColby Anderson, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, singled and Todd Standish walked to load the bases.
Fish got Brookings on the board with a two-run double soon thereafter.
After Seth Fraser drew a walk to reload the bases, Skyler Cary plated Standish with a sacrifice fly to pull the hosts within 6-3.
Krogman also got the eighth-inning rally started with a single. Anderson walked and Fish was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Seth Fraser stepped up with a two-RBI single.
Ty Schneider walked to again load the bases. Cary’s second RBI came after he got hit by a pitch to force in Fish, tying the score at 6-all.
Koenig completed the comeback after that.
The catcher singled through the left side on a 3-2 pitch to drive in Fraser with what proved to be the winning run. Koenig went 2-for-5 in the game.
Aberdeen’s Spencer Sudbeck went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Tyler Newman doubled twice while adding two RBIs.
Sudbeck had a run-scoring hit in the first and added a sacrifice fly to plate Chad Ellingson, who reached on an error, in the third.
Aberdeen scored four times in the fifth.
Sudbeck’s third RBI came on a single. Newman followed with a two-run double. Sudbeck lumbered home on a passed ball to make it 6-0.
Ellingson, who entered to begin the seventh, took the pitching loss after surrendering four runs on three hits and three walks – plus two hit batsmen – in two innings of action.
Left-handed starter Christian Cox allowed three runs on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts in six innings. He threw 136 pitches.
BROOKINGS 7, ABERDEEN 6
Aberdeen 101 040 000 – 6 8 2
Brookings 000 030 04x – 7 12 1
Christian Cox, Chad Ellingson (7) and Kelly Coates; Marcus Heemstra, Jeff Fish (5) and Austin Koenig. W – Fish. L – Ellingson. 2B: A, Tyler Newman 2; B, Fish.
Above, Brookings’ Austin Koenig squares up a pitch to drive in the go-ahead run with a single to left field during the bottom of the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 7-6 defeat of Aberdeen Circus Sports Bar in a South Dakota Amateur Baseball Class A North District Tournament semifinal on Saturday evening at Bob Shelden Field. The Cubs went on to beat the Castlewood Ravens 7-3 in the final Saturday night, as Koenig’s two-run single in the eighth provided for the final margin.
Below 1, Jeff Fish lines a two-run double to left during the fifth inning of the win over Aberdeen. He also earned the pitching win in relief.
Below 2, Second baseman Skyler Cary fires to first to try to complete a double play during first-inning action versus Aberdeen.