Brookings first baseman Kurt Gutormson awaits the throw as Sioux Falls 307 baserunner Keenan Gomez scrambles back to the base on a pick-off attempt during their game Thursday in the region teener baseball tournament at Klock Field. In the next photo, Huron’s Alex Hill makes a catch in centerfield during a game Thursday against Watertown. And next, Watertown third baseman Brey Reihe fields the ball during a game against Huron on Thursday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — Watertown solidified one of the two automatic berths to the state teener baseball next week in Yankton with a 12-2 victory over Huron in Game 7 of the round robin regional tournament held at Klock Field.
Watertown is atop the standings with three victories and just Sioux Falls to play today at 2 p.m. in what will likely be a de facto championship game.
Sioux Falls picked up a 17-3 victory over Huron and then beat Brookings Thursday 5-1 to go into today’s action with 2-0.
Sioux Falls also will play in the final game of the round robin at 7 p.m. against Aberdeen which will have its state tournament hopes on the line trying to get the second automatic bid or a third-place finish gives that team a play-in game for a tournament bid.
Aberdeen lost to Watertown 8-5 in the opening game Thursday and is now 1-2 with the game against Sioux Falls today.
Brookings is also 1-2 and will play Huron, who is 0-3 in both teams final games of the tournament. That game is scheduled for 5 p.m. today.
Should Brookings win that game and finish with a 2-2 record the only chance for Aberdeen to advance would be to beat Sioux Falls which would make them 2-2, forcing a runs-scoring/runs-allowed tie breaker to determine the third team which would get to advance to the play-in game.
Watertown used a five run third inning as they turned a walk, three singles and an error by Aberdeen to move comfortably ahead 6-0.
Aberdeen tried to claw their way back into it but trailed 8-3 going into the final inning.
They did however make things interesting as a one-out walk led to a run and they had a runner at third base still with just one out but couldn’t keep the rally going.
In Sioux Falls’ victory they scored three runs early before both teams settled into some pretty good pitching and defense with the aid of a gusty wind from the southeast blowing directly in from the outfield.
Sioux Falls did manage to get a fourth run over in the third inning without a hit and some good base running.
Brookings got a run across in the top of the fifth inning as a leadoff infield single followed by a stolen base allowed a run to score after a pair of ground outs.
Brookings also had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning but Sioux Falls got out of the inning unscathed as they recorded a pair of strikeouts and got a ground out to the right fielder on a heads-up play to keep a run from scoring.
They also had the first two batters reach in the seventh inning but once again Sioux Falls got out of the jam with a strikeout, fly-out and a grounder right back to the pitcher.
Watertown jumped out scoring five in the first inning and another three in the second inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead against Huron.
Huron added one in the third and Watertown answered with four more in the top of the fifth to make it a 10-run lead.
The game ended in the bottom of the fifth with Watertown still leading 12-2.
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