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Mitchell baseball withstands rally, beats Washington 4-3

SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell High School baseball team won its second straight game, edging Sioux Falls Washington 4-3 Thursday and improving to 8-6.

The Kernels were led by their first five batters in the lineup, which manufactured all of Mitchell's runs. The Kernels scored twice in first inning and twice in the third and withstood a three-run rally from Washington in the sixth.

"It was important to get off on a good start," Mitchell baseball coach Luke Norden said.

Mitchell scored in the first inning on a RBI single by Dylanger Pierson, which scored Matt Larson, and a sacrifice fly by Aaron Sudbeck, which scored Jed Schmidt. Larson led off the inning with a walk and Schmidt reached base on a bunt single. Landon Neugebauer also had a sacrifice bunt in the inning.

Larson and Schmidt scored again in the third inning on a Washington error. Larson again started the inning with a walk, and Schmidt also reached on a walk.

Larson finished the day 1-for-2, with a double and two stolen bases, Schmidt was 1-for-2 with one stolen base, Pierson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Sudbeck was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

"We had three innings in a row where we had guys on base and didn't come away with any runs," Norden said. "We could have easily doubled our output, but it just comes down to focus."

Derek Miller got the win for Mitchell. He threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four. Tyler Houwman got the save for the Kernels. He recorded the last six outs of the game and allowed two runs on one hit.

"Derek was fantastic today," Norden said. "He didn't try to overpower anyone. He just hit his spots and he did an outstanding job for us."

The Kernels play four games over the weekend. Mitchell opens Saturday against Pierre at noon and Brandon Valley at 4 p.m. Both games are at Drake Field in Mitchell. The Kernels play two games in Yankton Sunday against Yankton and Rapid City Central.