Strong pitching pushes Kernels past Bobcats
Not even a weather delay in the third inning could faze Brady Brosz on Friday. He shut down Brookings for six innings, allowing the Mitchell High School baseball team to pick up a 3-1 win at Cadwell Park.
After Jacob Schoon singled in Daniel Messerli in the top of the first, Brosz didn't allow another run or base runner. He pitched with a small lead the rest of the game, and stepped up to the challenge.
"(Brady) is really interested and dedicated to being good," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "He doesn't let anything faze him. He's just really even-keeled."
Brosz finished with seven strikeouts, and only allowed one hit over his six-inning start. Isaac Rew finished the job in his first career varsity pitching appearance, recording a perfect seventh inning for the save.
"Brady was really efficient," Norden said. "I didn't expect him to throw six innings, but he was under 70 pitches, which was awesome. It was great to see how well he threw and how much he pounded the strike zone."
With Brookings' bats held in check, Mitchell had chances to pull away. However, it was held to two hits, with both coming from Koby Larson. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
"We didn't do a very good job of adjusting to at-bats this game," Norden said. "We had guys go up numerous times and make the same mistakes. We just have to do a better job of adjusting at-bat to at-bat, pitch-to-pitch and make sure we don't make the same mistakes continuously."
Despite the lack of adjustments, the Kernels still got on the board early. They scored in the first on a fielder's choice and when Justin Devine walked in a runner during a five-walk inning. Devine suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs in a three-inning start.
Larson later doubled into left field to drive in Peyton Nash, who scored and walked twice, to extend Mitchell's lead to 3-1 in the third. It only had two more base runners the rest of the game.
The Kernels (6-0) play a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at Yankton.