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Mitchell baseball lands three players on all-state team

Led by senior Briggs Havlik, the Mitchell High School baseball team had three players named to the Class A all-state team. The selections were made by the South Dakota High School Baseball Association.

Havlik, an outfielder and pitcher, was named to the first team, while junior shortstop Drew Kitchens and sophomore outfielder Peyton Nash were both named to the second team. Nash was the only sophomore in Class A to be named to either team.

Havlik hit .328 and drove in 13 runs over 22 games. He led the team with 22 hits and tied with Kitchens for the team-lead in doubles with six. On the mound, Havlik threw a team-high 27 2/3 innings, and his 15 strikeouts were the second most on the team. He posted a 1-3 record to go along with a 3.04 ERA and 1.554 WHIP.

Along with tying for the team-lead in doubles, Kitchens hit .300 and drove in 10 runs in 22 games. His 20 runs scored were the most on the team, and he also had the second-most hits with 21.

Nash played in 19 games this season, hitting .364 with 20 hits and 14 RBI. He had a similar impact on the mound, as well. He struck out 11 batters and walked six over 15 innings. Nash also owned a 4.20 ERA and 1.467 WHIP.

Winner/Colome senior outfielder Jackson Kinzer, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake/Corsica-Stickney's senior first baseman Payton Foxley and Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central's senior outfielder Gunnar Brandenburg were all named to the Class B first team.

Jackson Kinzer helped lead his team to a 13-1 record. He hit .378 with 15 RBI, 14 runs scored and 14 hits. Kinzer also threw 29.1 innings, owning a 4-0 record and 0.48 ERA. He also struck out 39 batters and walked eight, while allowing 13 hits for a 0.716 WHIP.

Through nine games, Brandenburg hit .500. He led the team with 17 RBI, 11 runs, 11 hits and tied for the team-high with seven walks and four extra-base hits.

Season stats weren't available for Foxley.