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Strong pitching leads Mitchell baseball to sweep

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HARRISBURG — The Mitchell spring baseball team rode strong pitching to a pair of wins over Harrisburg Saturday in Harrisburg.

The Kernels (6-1) are now 6-0 on the road this season after beating the Tigers 3-0 and 8-2, not allowing an earned run in the two wins.

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“It was good for us to focus on the way we play,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said about bouncing back after the team’s first loss of the season.

In the first game, Jed Schmidt and Dylanger Pierson combined for the shutout. Schmidt started, going five innings, allowing one hit and striking out five, while Pierson pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

“For the lack of mound time we have had, our pitching has performed really well,” Norden said.

With Norden planning to call for a squeeze play on the second pitch, Aaron Sudbeck swung at the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning, hitting double and driving in two runs to put the Kernels up three. Carter Star was 2-for-2, while Pierson added an RBI in the win. Pierson leads the team with 14 RBIs through seven games.

The Kernel offense perked up in the second game, scoring eight runs on nine hits. Matt Larson and Sudbeck each went 2-for-4, while Pierson and Sudbeck drove in three runs apiece.

Larson started the second game, going five innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits and struck out five. Both Tiger runs were unearned in the game

The Kernels were scheduled to play another doubleheader against Sturgis Sunday at Cadwell Park, but inclement weather caused the games to be cancelled. Norden said the games are unlikely to be rescheduled, but he plans to see if there is a place the two schools can meet at so Sturgis does not have to make the drive back to Mitchell.

Mitchell plays Sioux Falls O’Gorman at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cadwell Park.

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