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Mitchell’s Jenna Skinner throws the ball to get a Sioux Falls Lincoln runner out at home plate during the first game of a doubleheader Monday at Cadwell Park Sports Complex in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Sophomore Andrea Konz threw a six inning one-hitter for her best outing of the year to help the Mitchell fastpitch softball team win the first game of a doubleheader against Sioux Falls Lincoln Monday.

“She needed this game,” Mitchell coach Jim Misiaszek said. “She’s always had belief in herself but to go out there and have that kind of performance validates how hard she works.”

Mitchell won the first game 7-1 but dropped the second 2-1 to the Patriots at Cadwell Park Sports Complex.

Konz got in the win in the opening game and struck out four for the Kernels, who had nine hits in the win. Alexis Blindauer went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Jayci Hinker went 2-for-4 with a home run and Sadie Kiner went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

“Putting up those runs was nice to see,” Misiaszek said. “But again, our inconsistency showed in the second game. Though, we are playing a lot better ball now than we were a couple of weeks ago.”

Hallie Misiaszek took the loss in the second game, allowing two runs on seven hits and strikings out five in seven innings. She also went 1-for-3, scoring Mitchell’s only run of the game in the fourth inning.

The Kernels left 10 on base in the second game.

Mitchell hosts Sioux Falls O’Gorman in a doubleheader at 6 p.m. today at Dr. McWhirter Field. The game is the Kernels’ final home game of the season and will honor seniors Blindauer and Jenna Skinner.

Mitchell (4-17) will also play in the 10-team state tournament Friday in Sioux Falls.

“We’re getting there as far as our level of play,” Jim Misiaszek said. “The nice thing about the state tournament is everybody starts out 0-0. With Andrea coming along and Hallie coming back as one of the best pitchers in the state, I like our chances as well as anybody’s.”

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.