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Kernel baseball drops game to O'Gorman

SIOUX FALLS — The Kernel baseball team dropped its second contest of the season to region opponent Sioux Falls O’Gorman Monday.

Mitchell (9-10) fell 5-2 Monday and struggled to get anything going offensively.

“We got a couple of guys on here and there, but we haven’t been able to get hits when we need them,” Mitchell baseball coach Luke Norden said. “We haven’t been able to get on the scoreboard first and play with the lead.”

Mitchell finally got on the board in the seventh inning with two runs, which were brought in by Landon Neugebauer and Jed Schmidt.

The Knights scored two runs in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. Mitchell committed five errors and allowed four unearned runs.

“We haven’t allowed a lot of unearned runs, but tonight it snuck up on us,” Norden said. “We’ve got to keep the games close if we want to try to come back and win the game, and allowing those unearned runs isn’t the way to go.”

The losing pitcher was Derek Miller, who gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings. He walked two and had three strikeouts. Elijah Pommer threw in relief and gave up two unearned runs on one hit in one inning of work.

Offensively, Mitchell had eight hits and were led by Spencer Neugebauer, who went 2-for-3. Dylanger Pierson went 2-for-4, Neugebauer finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and Schmidt was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

The Kernels play Sioux Falls Roosevelt in their final road game of the season at 6 p.m. Thursday in Sioux Falls, before returning home Friday.