Late rally lifts Harrisburg over the 'Chutes, 10-7


BROOKINGS – Harrisburg scored four runs in the sixth inning to rally to a 10-7 Junior American Legion win over the 'Chutes on Wednesday night at Bob Shelden Field.

The visitors led 6-2 through 3 1/2 innings before Brookings scored twice in the fourth and then tacked on three more runs in the fifth to go up 7-6.

But Harrisburg batted around in the sixth – using two hits; a Brookings error with two outs; and then three straight singles – to plate four runs for the final margin as the 'Chutes stranded one runner in the sixth and two in the seventh.

After Harrisburg put up a run in the top of the first, the 'Chutes answered with two in the bottom as Max Kjelden and Max Struck singled before Jackson Krogman cleared the bases with a two-RBI double for a 2-1 lead after one.

Trailing 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Jamison Honkomp led off with an opposite-field double and moved to third on Cole Mahlum’s single.

Honkomp scored on a wild pitch as Mahlum moved to third, and then later scored on a passed ball to pull the 'Chutes within 6-4.

Still down two in the fifth, both Struck and Krogman took one for the team before Mahlum delivered a one-out single that plated Struck as Krogman went to third.

Mahlum stole second before Caden Wright drove in Krogman with a single to tie the game at 6-6. Wright moved to second on the play when the throw from the outfield ended up getting past the catcher.

Jacobsma hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who threw home to catch Mahlum trying to score as Wright moved to third and Jacobsma reached first on the fielder’s choice.

Back-to-back walks to Nick Schefers and Henry Hammerich forced in Wright to give the 'Chutes a short-lived 7-6 lead through five innings.

Jacobsma suffered the loss in relief after giving up four runs – one earned – in two innings on six hits with three strikeouts. Kyle Bauer tossed the first four frames and allowed six runs – two earned – on five hits and two walks with two Ks.

Struck tossed a scoreless seventh despite giving up two hits.

The 'Chutes travel to Watertown on Friday for a 5 p.m. doubleheader at the Stadium.

HARRISBURG 10, BROOKINGS 7

Harrisburg 113 104 0    10  13  1

Brookings 200 230 0      7   9   8

Harrisburg battery unavailable; Kyle Bauer, Cayden Jacobsma (5), Max Struck (7) and Cole Mahlum. L – Jacobsma. 2B: B, Jamison Honkomp, Jackson Krogman.

Register photo: Cole Mahlum dives into home to score on a passed ball during the fourth inning of the 'Chutes’ 10-7 loss to Harrisburg on Wednesday evening at Bob Shelden Field.


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