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Mitchell baseball falls to Warriors

Mitchell first baseman Max Schoenfelder catches the ball as Sioux Falls Washington's Mitchell Tolk slides back to first base on Tuesday at Cadwell Park. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

The Mitchell High School baseball team dropped a pair close games against Sioux Falls Washington on Tuesday. The Kernels lost 7-5 and 3-2 (nine innings) in the prep baseball doubleheader at Cadwell Park.

The Kernels finish the regular season 9-12 and will begin postseason play on Saturday. Mitchell will learn its opponent and location of the game today.

In Game 1 on Tuesday, the Kernels outhit the Warriors 10-6. However, Mitchell left 10 runners stranded on base and a pair of innings lifted the Warriors to the win.

The Kernels allowed three runs in the fifth on just one Washington hit, while Alex Bertram crushed a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Warriors ahead, 7-4.

“You look at how they were able to get some of their runs across and we have to be able to just make teams work a little bit harder to score their runs,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “We just have to batten down the hatches a little bit and get out of some innings when we need to.”

In the bottom of the seventh, Mitchell had back-to-back two-out doubles, with Carter Max’s cutting the deficit to 7-5. But the Kernels could not get any closer.

Mitchell’s Peyton Nash finished with three RBIs, while Jordan Dirkes also drove in a run. Jared Miller finished 2-for-4. Drew Kitchens, Austin Kerr and Jackson Sadler each had a hit.

Calvin Hegg took the loss for Mitchell, scattering four hits, allowing five runs (three earned) and striking out four batters.

In Game 2, Brady Brosz pitched five strong innings, allowing one run, three hits and striking out eight batters.

“Brady Brosz threw really, really well in the second game,” Norden said. “We just couldn’t get much mustered up for offense to help him out.”

The teams battled to a 2-2 tie into the ninth inning, but Sioux Falls Washington scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the frame, the Kernels went down in order to end the game.

“It didn’t come down to that,” Norden said. “It just came down to us not getting much going offensively for the first part of the game.”

Briggs Havlik, Kerr and Max Schoenfelder each had a hit for Mitchell, which was out-hit 6-3 in the second game.