Kernel baseball snaps two-game skid
Mitchell rode another pitching gem to another win.
The Kernel baseball team held Harrisburg to one hit, allowing the Kernels' offense to break open a 6-1 victory on Tuesday at Cadwell Park.
It was a dual effort for Mitchell (8-2) on the mound, with Drew Kitchens and Austin Kerr combining to toss the one-hitter.
However, Harrisburg didn't capitalize on Brady Bretzman's two-out single in the first inning. Rather, it scored on a passed ball in the second after a pair of walks. They were two of Kitchens' four walks in a five-inning start, which included three strikeouts.
"Our pitchers have just been awesome (this season)," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "Just pounding the strike zone and throwing a lot of strikes. The amount of pitches we've thrown to get through games has been really good. Hopefully that continues."
Kitchens threw 69 pitches before handing it over to Kerr, who continued to keep Harrisburg's bats quiet. He earned the save, tossing two scoreless innings with a strikeout and walk.
However, Kitchens and Kerr pitched with a slim 2-1 lead until the sixth. Carter Max singled in Carson Max in the third for the Kernels' first run.
"When you start to struggle a little offensively you're just waiting for someone to break through to kickstart everyone else," Norden said.
With two outs, and runners on second and third, the Kernels received their spark. Koby Larson doubled in a pair of runs off Seth Fisher, who gave up four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Kitchens and Carter Max each followed with RBI singles to punctuate a four-run sixth.
"Guys did a good job getting a base hit and looking to move up to second," Norden said. "We do that really well. When you're able to do that, you're only requiring base hits to score runs when you're able to run the bases like that."
Carter Max finished 3-for-4, while Larson went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
Zeb Wede suffered the loss as he allowed two unearned runs on five walks and two hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Mitchell plays a 5 p.m. doubleheader Friday at Cadwell Park against Huron.