WATERTOWN – The Bombers Maroon beat up the Grey Sox in Game 1, 19-6, but ended up with a split when the home team rallied for a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
The Bombers compete in the Sioux Falls Tournament this weekend, opening play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Billings (Mont.) Black Sox.
Pool play continues on Saturday with a 5 p.m. game against Renner before finishing up with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Sioux Falls East.
• Brookings 19, Watertown 6
Maroon pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of 15 walks to put up 19 runs in the opener.
Nathan Lease drove in four runs on three hits as Winghart singled and walked twice with three RBIs. Carter Wright added two hits and a walk with two runs batted in while Zach Struck and Rocklyn Dauphinias finished with a pair of RBIs apiece as Struck singled and walked three times and Dauphinias singled and walked twice.
Justin Cofell had three hits and an RBI as Matt Nordmeyer and Tyson Brandt both singled and drove in a run. Kellan Aure also had an RBI with three walks.
Lease gave up five earned runs on four hits and five walks over two innings while Davin Carlson pitched two innings of relief – allowing one earned run on one hit and a base on balls.
BROOKINGS 19, WATERTOWN 6
Brookings 289 0 – 19 13 0
Watertown 230 1 – 6 5 0
Nathan Lease, Davin Carlson (3) and Max Enevoldsen; Max Evans, Ryan Roby (2), Jesse Werner (3) and Bryce Hult. W – Carlson. L – Evans.
• Watertown 5, Brookings 4
The Grey Sox scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the 5-4 win in Game 2.
Maroon scored single runs in the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead before Watertown rallied.
In the top of the first, Parker Winghart hit a one-out single, stole two bases and scored on Justin Cofell’s RBI double.
Andrew Bishop took one for the team to get on base with one out in the second; moved to second on a balk; stole third; and eventually scored after Dauphinias walked and both Jaxon Eck and Kellan Aure were hit by pitches.
In the third, Cofell reached on an error and went to second on the play. Cofell moved to third on an infield single by Lease before they pulled off the double steal for a 3-0 lead.
Dauphinias walked to lead off the fourth; moved to second on Eck’s groundout; advanced to third on Aure’s single and then scored on Winghart’s RBI single to make it 4-0.
The Grey Sox used a leadoff single, followed by a double, before sandwiching a pair of walks around a pop out to shortstop. Two more Watertown base hits led to Bryce Hult’s RBI sacrifice fly to score Max Evans from third with the winning run.
Justin Cofell went 3 2/3 scoreless innings – giving up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Brandt was charged with all five runs – four earned – after allowing six hits and walking three with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Struck faced just one batter and induced a flyout to center, but the winning run tagged from third.
WATERTOWN 5, BROOKINGS 4
Brookings 111 100 – 4 8 1
Watertown 000 005 – 5 11 1
Justin Cofell, Tyson Brandt (4), Zach Struck (6) and Carter Wright; Kyle Karst, Bryce Hult (5) and Max Evans. W – Karst. L – Brandt. 2B: B, Justin Cofell, Nathan Lease; W, Jesse Werner.