BROOKINGS – The ‘Chutes put up 19 runs in two games, but that proved to be not enough as Sioux Falls East swept Brookings in a Junior American Legion doubleheader on Friday night at Bob Shelden Field.
East took advantage of 11 hits and seven errors by the home team to capture Game 1, 12-10, and then, the Sioux Falls squad put up 14 runs over the final three innings to rally to a 20-9 win in the nightcap.
Brookings travels to Yankton today for a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m. at Riverside before returning to Shelden for a 1 p.m. matchup with Sioux Falls West on Sunday.
• S.F. East 12, Brookings 10
Tanner Shepardson had the hot bat with three hits, which included a double, and two RBIs. Preston Helmbolt added a pair of singles and a run batted in while Trevor Berreth doubled and drove in two and Parker Beers picked up two RBIs to go along with a hit.
Berreth was saddled with the loss after giving up nine runs – four earned – on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts over five innings.
Shepardson tossed the final two frames and allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits with three strikeouts.
S.F. EAST 12, BROOKINGS 10
S.F. East 331 023 0 – 12 11 3
Brookings 231 002 2 – 11 9 7
Campbell Mindt, Nate Rietz (6), Jake Smith (7) and Nate Smith; Trevor Berreth, Tanner Shepardson (6) and Christian Mediger. W – Mindt. L – Berreth. 2B: SFE, Nate Smith (2); B, Theo Burns, Tanner Shepardson.
• S.F. East 20, Brookings 9
The ‘Chutes took the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first; plated five in the fourth to retake an 8-6 advantage; but couldn’t keep East off the base paths or the scoreboard as the visitors rallied for the win.
Shepardson stayed hot with a 5-for-5 performance at the dish, which included another double. Theo Burns added two hits, including a double, with two RBIs, while Daniel Messerli and Rhett Zelinsky each had two hits and a run batted in.
Christian Mediger also drove in two runs with a single in the fourth.
Burns suffered the loss after allowing six runs – four earned – on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings of work.
Parker Rykhus threw the fifth and gave up five unearned runs on four hits and a walk as Helmbolt tossed the sixth, giving up five runs – three earned – on three hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Shepardson finished and let in four runs – three earned – on three hits and two walks with a strikeout.
S.F. EAST 20, BROOKINGS 9
S.F. East 102 355 4 – 20 16 4
Brookings 300 501 0 – 9 15 5
Zach Allender, Jake Smith (5) and Nick Marnin; Theo Burns, Parker Rykhus (5), Preston Helmbolt (6), Tanner Shepardson (7) and Brock Luze. W – Allender. L – Burns. 2B: SFE, Alex Breidenbach, Tanner Olstead, Preston Riddle; B, Theo Burns, Parker Rykhus, Tanner Shepardson.