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Quiet at the plate: Kernel baseball falls to Knights in low-scoring affair

Mitchell second baseman Koby Larson fires over to first base for the double play after recording the out on Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Noah Moon during a game on Monday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mitchell couldn't climb out of an early hole on Monday at Cadwell Park.

The Kernel baseball team failed to muster enough offense as Sioux Falls O'Gorman handed the Kernels their second straight loss, 3-2.

"You see a lot of things we haven't had an opportunity to talk about yet," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "You have to remind yourself you see a lot of situations that just need to come up (in a game) and talk about them."

That includes situational hitting. The Kernels recorded eight hits in the loss, but struggled to drive runners home, especially late in the game.

Jared Miller singled home Max Schoenfelder to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the sixth, putting runners on first and second. However, back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat. In the seventh, Austin Kerr singled to center to leadoff the inning, but failed to come around as Sam Stukel forced three straight groundouts to earn the save.

"We've got to be able to stack at-bats," Norden said. "That doesn't mean we have to get hits in a row, but we can't give up easy outs just by someone going up there and taking a couple of bad swings."

Kerr and Schoenfelder both had two hits. Ryan McGinnis also drove in Schoenfelder as he reached on an error in the second. Although, by that point, O'Gorman already plated three runs.

It loaded the bases to start the game, and was able to drive in a pair of runs. Joe Lund, who went 2-for-3, drove in O'Gorman's third run in the second. He helped the Knights to nine hits.

"We were right there the whole game," Norden said. "Our pitchers did a great job. After that first inning, we settled down and threw more strikes."

Despite suffering the loss, Jackson Sadler was able to last four innings on the mound, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Isaac Rew held the Knights in check for the final three innings, as he struck out four.

Mason Crow earned the win, striking out five Kernels in a five-inning start.

"The last couple of games, you get those closer games and (situational) things come up more frequently," Norden said. "Just another opportunity to talk about things. Hopefully guys start remembering those things, so we don't have to talk about them. But early on, that's what it's been like."

Mitchell (7-2) plays Harrisburg at 5:30 p.m. today at Cadwell Park.

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