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Kernel baseball gets first home win

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt, right, swings against Watertown in a high school spring baseball game Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

The Mitchell Kernels high school spring baseball team won for the first time at home this season with a doubleheader split against Watertown Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

Dylanger Pierson delivered a hit and two RBIs for the Kernels (7-6) in a 2-1 win in the second game. Matt Larson and Jed Schmidt each finished with a hit for Mitchell, which had three hits as a team.

“We are just looking for some consistency,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “Overall, both games were really close and we had a chance to win two.”

Larson started the second game on the mound, picking up the win with four innings of work and Tyler Houwman threw the final three innings. The two held the Arrows to four hits.

In the opening game, Mitchell took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning, but Watertown tied the game on a pair of singles and a double, all with two outs. The Arrows went ahead in the eighth inning on a squeeze play and held on for a 4-3 win.

Derek Miller started the opener, going seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out six.

“Every game this year he has gotten better,” Norden said of Miller’s performance.

Aaron Sudbeck went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Miller finished with a triple and an RBI. Watertown outhit Mitchell 9-5 in the opener.

The Kernels play Sioux Falls Washington at 6 p.m. Thursday in Sioux Falls.