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Hot offense leads to doubleheader split for Bombers 13U

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BROOKINGS – The Brookings Bombers Red 13U team remained .500 as they split a doubleheader against Pierre on Thursday afternoon at Bob Shelden Field.

Pierre came from behind to take the first game, but the Bombers responded with a 10-point victory in game two. Brookings is 6-6 and has five days off because the Bombers don’t play until June 12. They will host a doubleheader against Huron that day with games starting at 5 p.m.

Game one
Pierre 13, Brookings 10
Pierre scored seven runs in the final two innings to lift them to victory in game one as each team collected 12 hits.

Pierre took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an error. Brookings responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Dario McSweeney led off the inning with a single, then stole second base and advanced to third base on a passed ball. He then headed home on a single by Mason

Burzlaff and it was 1-1 heading into the second.
Pierre scored five runs in the top of the second inning. The first run of the inning came on a triple and a run on an error made it 3-1. Another triple scored two runs and an RBI single made it 6-1.

The Bombers tied the game again in the bottom of the second. Carters Nielsen walked, Grayson Wagner singled and McSweeney was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Burzlaff was then hit by a pitch and Cooper Drawdy walked to cut the lead to 6-3. Mason Burghardt then also walked and Hayden Jones tied the game with a two-run single.

Brookings took its first lead in the bottom of the third inning. Ty Johnson singled, Ty Delbridge walked and Nielsen singled to load the bases with no outs. Johnson scored on a fielder’s choice and Nielsen scored on a McSweeney single to make it 8-6 heading into the fourth.

The Bombers increased the lead to 10-6 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mason Burghardt and Jones hit back-to-back singles with two outs and both scored on a single by Johnson. At that point, Pierre took over and defeated the Bombers 7-0 in the final two innings.

All of Pierre’s runs in the fifth came with two outs. An RBI single cut the lead to two, then a two-run home made things 10-10 heading into the final inning. Pierre then took the lead on a fielder’s choice in the sixth and extended the lead to 13-10 with a two-run single. Drawdy hit a two-out single in the bottom half of the inning, but the Bombers were unable to score any runs.

Jones and Johnson each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Burzlaff went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Bughardt went 1-for-3 with an RBI. McSweeney went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Drawdy and Wagner went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Johnson started the game for the Bombers and pitched four and two-thirds innings. He gave up 10 runs, six of them earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Jasper Pitts pitched the final inning and a third, giving up three earned runs on four hits with one walk.

Game two
Brookings 16, Pierre 6

After trailing 4-1 in the first two and a half innings, the Bombers were able to outscore Pierre 15-2 the rest of the way and salvage a doubleheader split game two on 15 hits.

Pierre took a 3–0 lead in the first inning with a three-run home run. Brookings was able to cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Johnson reached on an error and Delbridge and Nielsen hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Delbridge then scored on a passed ball for Brooking’s first point of the game.

Pierre added a run at third base with an RBI double, but Brookings then took the lead with six runs in the bottom of the inning. McSweeney and Mason Burzlaff were hit by pitches and Drawdy walked to load the bases with no outs. All three runners scored on an error and Jones hit an RBI single to make it 4-4.

Johnson followed that with an RBI single of his own and Jones scored on an error to make it 6-4. Wagner then hit an RBI single to make it 7-4 heading into the fourth.

A two-run single by Pierre cut the score to 7-6, but three runs by the Bombers pushed the score to 10-6. Mason Burzlaff hit an RBI double and then scored on an error. Mason Burghardt followed with an RBI double and the Bombers took a four-run lead in the fifth.

The Bombers then scored six runs in the fifth to end the game. McSweeney hit an RBI double, which was followed by a Burzlaff RBI single. Drawdy followed that with a two-run single. Then, back-to-back RBI singles from Johnson and Delbridge made it 16-6 and ended the game.

Burghardt went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Burzlaff went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Drawdy went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Delbridge went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jones went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Wagner and McSweeney each went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Jones pitched the first three innings for the Bombers. He gave up six runs, five of them earned, on four hits with three strikeouts and six walks. Burghardt pitched the last two innings and gave up only one hit.

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