Watertown eliminates Bombers Black on way to state title

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BROOKINGS – The Bombers Black season came to a close in Saturday’s Class A 14U State Tournament semifinal matchup with eventual champion Watertown as the Black Sox pulled away for a 10-4 win at Bob Shelden Field.

Watertown ended up winning the tournament after losing the first title game, 13-10, to Sioux Falls West before coming back for an 8-5 triumph in the second championship game.

West advanced to Sunday’s play with an 8-6 win over Renner in an elimination game.


Saturday’s Games

• Watertown 10, Brookings 4

The Black Sox got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the first frame, but the Bombers answered in the top of the second when Jamison Honkomp led off with a double and then scored on Mason Bebensee’s double.

Watertown tacked on another run in the second to retake the lead and then batted around in the third to score three runs and take control of the game.

The Black Sox added five runs in the fifth to go up 10-1 before Brookings plated three runs in the top of the seventh for the final margin.

Noah Bayer and Henry Hammrich drew back-to-back walks before Jackson Krogman loaded the bases with a base hit.

Cole Mahlum grounded into a fielder’s choice, which plated Bayer, and then, Hammrich scored on a wild pitch as Mahlum advanced to second.

Max Struck’s groundout to the first base allowed Mahlum to move to third, and then, he scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-4 before a groundball out ended the game.

Krogman suffered the loss after giving up five runs – four earned – in three innings of work as he allowed five hits and walked three.

Bebensee let in two runs on a hit and two walks over 1 1/3 innings while Struck gave up three unearned runs on four hits in 1/3 of a fram.

Mahlum closed it out on the mound as he struck out two and walked one in 1 1/3 innings.

Kale Stevenson earned the win for the Black Sox after tossing six innings – giving up three runs on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts.

Dawson Schmidt threw the seventh and allowed one run on one hit.



Brookings                   010 000 3 –   4   5 6

Watertown                  113 050 x – 10 10 0

Jackson Krogman, Mason Bebensee (4), Max Struck (5), Cole Mahlum (6) and Cole Mahlum, Wes Koenig (6); Kale Stevenson, Dawson Schmidt (7) and Mason Evens. W – Stevenson. L – Krogman. 2B: B, Jamison Honkomp, Mason Bebensee; W, Kale Stevenson, Parker Reed.


• S.F. West 8, Renner 6

West plated four runs in the top of the first and then added two runs in both the third and fourth frames to build an 8-1 lead through 3 1/2 innings.

The Barons rallied with a run in the fourth; three in the sixth; and one in the seventh as they came up two runs short to lose their second straight game and get eliminated.

Matt Peters singled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead the West offense.

Matt Winterton also doubled and had two RBIs as Billy Chatwell added a two-base hit.

Ethan Behrend earned the win after giving up two runs – one earned – on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts over five frames.

Dylan Ades allowed four runs – one earned – over the final two innings as he gave up five hits and a walk.

For Renner, Dalton Garbers had two hits and two RBIs, while Reece Arbogast singled, doubled and plated a run.

Teegan Schlimgen finished with a single and double; Andrew Barr also contributed a two-base hit; and Harry Hueners had a single and two runs batted in.

Aspen Dahl suffered the loss after allowing six runs – four earned – on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Arbogast tossed the final 4 2/3 and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.



S.F. West         402 200 0 – 8   7 4

Renner             010 103 1 – 6 10 4

Ethan Behrend, Dylan Ades (6) and Dylan Ades, Matt Peters (6); Aspen Dahl, Reece Arbogast (3) and Teegan Schlimgen. W – Behrend. L – Dahl. 2B: SFW, Billy Chatwell, Matt Peters, Matt Winterton; R, Andrew Barr, Teegan Schlimgen, Reece Arbogast.


Sunday’s Games

Championship Game 2

• Watertown 8, S.F. West 5

West stayed hot early in the second title game by getting out to the early lead with a two-run third inning, before the Black Sox responded with four in bottom of the third and then added two in the fourth to go up 6-2.

The visiting team added single runs in each of the final three innings, but Watertown’s tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to win the title.

Schmidt went 6 2/3 innings to earn the win on the mound as he gave up all five runs – four earned – on four hits and nine walks with three strikeouts. Parker Reed go the final out after walking one batter.

Lexan Thorson went 3-of-4 at the plate with three RBIs while Schmidt helped himself out with three hits, including a double.

Mason Evens and Stevenson both added two hits and two runs batted in as Evens had a double. Nate Lear contributed a two-base hit.

Charlie Jensen suffered the loss after giving up four runs on five hits and three walks with one strikeout in three innings of work.

Ades tossed the final three innings and allowed eight runs on six hits and four walks with a strikeout.

Jacob Ebeling and Ades both singled and drove in a run.



S.F. West                    002 011 1 – 5   4 0

Watertown                  004 202 x – 8 11 2

Charlie Jensen, Dylan Ades (4) and Dylan Ades, Matt Peters (4); Dawson Schmidt, Parker Reed (7) and Mason Evens. W – Schmidt. L – Jensen. 2B: W, Nate Lear, Dawson Schmidt, Mason Evens.


Championship Game 1

• S.F. West 13, Watertown 10

West built a 12-5 lead through 3 1/2 innings and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to force a second title game with a 13-10 win over the undefeated Black Sox.

Billy Chatwell had three hits and an RBI to lead West’s 13-hit attack as Dylan Ades drove in two runs on two hits.

Matt Peters also plated a pair of runs with a double while Gabe Stahl added two hits.

Mitch Willis earned the win on the mound after giving up nine runs – seven earned – on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Stahl tossed the final 1 1/3 and allowed one unearned run on one walk.

Thorson suffered the loss for the Black Sox as he let in seven runs on 11 hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Zach Hirsch gave up six runs – all unearned – over the last four innings on two hits and eight walks.

Evens went 4-for-5 with a double and triple as he drove in two runs and Reed picked up four RBIs on a pair of hits.



S.F. West                    322 500 1 – 13 13 4

Watertown                  140 003 1 – 10   9 3

Mitch Willis, Gabe Stahl (6) and Dylan Ades; Lexan Thorson, Zach Hirsch (4) and Mason Evens. W – Willish. L – Thorson. 2B: SFW, Matt Peters; W, Mason Evens. 3B: W, Mason Evens.

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