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Offense carries Mitchell to four-win weekend

RAPID CITY—The Mitchell High School baseball team's bats were hot over the weekend. Neither Douglas, Rapid City Stevens or Rapid City Central could slow down the Kernels at the plate.

It led to a doubleheader sweep of Douglas on Saturday, with Mitchell winning 18-0 and 17-3 in four innings each. On Sunday, it took down the Raiders, 21-9, then earned a 4-2 win over the Cobblers to start the season 4-0.

"We ran the bases really well," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We were not timid at all. We were really aggressive. The pitchers did a really good job throwing strikes, too."

The Kernels amassed 50 hits over the weekend. They racked up 22 hits in Saturday's doubleheader, then had 18 hits against Stevens and 10 versus Central.

"We saw more strikes on (Sunday) than on (Saturday)," Norden said. "So it was a little easier for our hitters to take the at-bats more aggressively than we did (Saturday) because we drew so many walks on (Saturday). It was a little bit easier today for hitters to try to get into a groove."

Mitchell jumped out to big leads early in its first three games. It scored eight runs in the second and added seven more in the fourth to open the weekend against Douglas, followed by a 10-run first inning in the second game of the doubleheader.

Against the Raiders, Mitchell had a pair of five-run innings as it scored multiple runs in each of the final five frames. However, it fell behind 2-0 against the Cobblers, but mounted a comeback and plated two runs in the fourth and sixth.

On the mound, Brady Brosz limited Douglas to one hit over four innings. Douglas finished with three hits in the second game as Calvin Hegg tossed three innings and Max Schoenfelder added one inning of work.

Stevens and Central recorded nine and three hits, respectively. Jared Miller tossed three innings and struck out seven Raiders, while Peyton Nash threw five innings against the Cobblers.

"For as few of pitches as some of our guys threw, we were super efficient," Norden said. "Over the course of the last couple years, for our first outing, this was the most efficient we've been in a while."

Mitchell hosts Madison at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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