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Michael Brown/For The Daily Republic Mitchell's Hallie Misiaszek throws a pitch during the Ker-nels' first game of the state soft-ball tournament Friday in Sioux Falls. Mitchell went 1-1 on the day, but Misiaszek set a team record for strikeouts in a game with 18 in a 5-3 extra-innings victory over Watertown.

SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell went 1-1 on the first day of the state high school fast pitch softball tournament Friday in Sioux Falls, putting the team in a situation where it must win five-straight games today to claim the championship.

The Kernels won the first game 5-3 in nine innings over Watertown with the help of a two-run single in the ninth from Courtney Moore and a team-record pitching performance from Hallie Misiaszek.

"It was too exciting," coach Jim Misiaszek said about the first round win. "We've lost a lot of one-run games and it was nice to see the girls stay focused and not lie down."

Hallie Misiazsek struck out 18 in a complete-game effort. She allowed just three hits and two walks without giving up an earned run. The 18 strikeouts tops a record formerly held by teammate Krista Huber of 16, which Huber set Monday.

Moore also made a dent in the Kernels' record book in the win. Her RBI single gave her 36 hits on the season to tie Kelly Schlimgen's team-high set in 2010. Moore broke the record in the second game with a hit.

Abby Sudbeck was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs in the win, while Emily Sudbeck finished 2-for-3.

Mitchell fell 8-0 to Sioux Falls Washington in the second game. The Kernels mustered just two hits against Iowa State University recruit Katie Johnson.

"You've got to attack Katie early and we didn't do that," Jim Misiaszek said. "We let her dictate what she was going to throw and when. You just can't do that to somebody of that caliber."

Huber took the loss for Mitchell. She allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and struck out four.

The Kernels begin the final day of state tournament play at 11:30 a.m. today against the winner of a morning game between Yankton and Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Sioux Falls Washington and Rapid City Stevens face off for a guaranteed spot in the title game and Mitchell will need five-straight victories today, including two against the winner between Washington and Stevens, to claim the state title.

"We have a tough road, but we have the pitching for it," Jim Misiaszek said. "It just depends if we can bring the bats along with us."