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Sports: Kernels move to 17-0

The Mitchell spring baseball team stayed undefeated at 17-0 with two wins over Rapid City West Sunday afternoon at Cadwell Park. West will now make the trip back to Mitchell to take on the Kernels in the opening round of the Region 3A playoffs th...

The Mitchell spring baseball team stayed undefeated at 17-0 with two wins over Rapid City West Sunday afternoon at Cadwell Park.

West will now make the trip back to Mitchell to take on the Kernels in the opening round of the Region 3A playoffs this week. Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said the game will most likely be played Wednesday at Cadwell Park. Mitchell has the No. 1 seed in the region and West is the No. 4 seed.

In the first game, Mitchell won 12-2 in five innings. The Kernels had 11 hits and no errors. Trever Vermeulen threw all five innings for the win on the mound. He had seven strikeouts and gave up three hits and three walks.

At the plate for Mitchell, Jason Schmidt had a single, double and three RBI, Mitch Grieve had a single, double and RBI, Austin Dorzak had two singles, a double and five RBI and Kirby Oldenkamp had two singles and an RBI.

In Game 2, Mitchell trailed 8-6 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but rallied for a 16-8 win. Mitchell had eight hits and one error.

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Mike Larson got the win in relief. Larson came in for Schmidt, who threw the first 5 1/3 innings. Larson gave up one run on one hit, struck out two and walked one. Schmidt gave up seven runs on nine hits, had four strikeouts and two walks.

At the plate for the Kernels, Beau VanOverschelde had two singles and two RBI, Schmidt had a triple, two walks and three RBI, Grieve had three singles and three RBI, Larson had a double and two RBI and Josh Wenande had a triple.

Both teams had to deal with high winds Sunday, and Norden said his team might have been "swinging for the fences" early on in the first game.

"We were over-swinging and trying to hit one out," he said. "It's the first game all year that we've had the wind blowing out like that. It was different for us. But we settled down and it didn't play a huge role after that. All of our hits were line drives to the outfield and we did burn them a couple of times."

If the playoff game is played Wednesday, Norden said it will probably begin at 5 p.m. The Class A state tournament is May 28 in Aberdeen. If Mitchell beats West, the Region 3A championship game will most likely be played Friday at Cadwell.

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