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Kernel baseball picks up win over Yankton

Mitchell’s Dylanger Pierson pitches in a spring high school playoff game against Yankton Tuesday at Drake Field in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

Strong pitching and early hitting gave the Mitchell spring high school baseball team its first win of the season within its region Tuesday at Drake Field in Mitchell.

The Kernels (11-12) topped Yankton 3-1 in the team’s final regular-season home game before the regional tournament.

“It was nice to get an early lead,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said about the offense for the Kernels, who have had trouble with early deficits at home this season.

Mitchell got two runs in the first inning and one in the third to build a 3-0 lead, as Derek Miller, Dylanger Pierson and Landon Neugebauer each picked up an RBI. Jed Schmidt added two hits for the Kernels in the win.

Miller started the game and picked up the win for Mitchell, going four innings and not allowing a run on two hits. Norden said Miller’s strike-to-ball ratio was great against the Bucks.

Pierson relieved Miller in the fifth. He threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits, while Tyler Houwman pitched the final inning to close out the win for Mitchell.

“Our pitching was pretty strong tonight and we had some quick innings with guys working ahead in the count, which made for an enjoyable night,” Norden said.

The Kernels finished with five hits and two errors, while leadoff hitter Brad Ulmer had four of Yankton’s five hits.

“A lot of the time people get caught up in results and not the process,” Norden said. “What matters is the way we went about things tonight.”

Mitchell plays its final game of the regular season against Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Thursday in Sioux Falls. A win would give Mitchell the third seed in the region tournament.