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.