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Mitchell White splits on first day of AA minors tournament

WATERTOWN — The Mitchell White teener baseball team split games on the first day of the VFW AA minors state tournament.

White suffered a 13-6 loss to Sioux Falls Central but rebounded in its second game of the day with a 16-14 victory over Brookings.

“I think they played well today,” Mitchell White assistant coach Ryan Buck said. “We were able to get on base and score some runs.”

In the first game, Jordan Dirkes was the losing pitcher. Dirkes had three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Garret Johnson pitched the final out in relief.

Offensively, Brandon McKnight led the way going 2-for-4. Dirkes, Jeremiah Schmitz, Tim Morgan and Ethan Steidl each recorded a hit in the loss.

White recorded six hits in the game.

In its final game of the day, Schmitz got the start on the mound and recorded two strikeouts in four innings. Johnson pitched the next two innings in relief, and McKnight threw the final inning, striking out three.

Mitchell had strong plate performances in the game and was led by Dirkes, who went 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Adam Loes went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, McKnight and Schmitz each went 3-for-5 and Tate Larson went 3-for-4.

White, who is 1-1 in its pool, continues pool play today, facing Rapid City Pony at noon.