The Mitchell High School baseball team exploded for 28 runs on 27 hits to sweep Douglas in a twin bill on Friday at Cadwell Park.
In Game 1, the Kernels scored six runs in the final two innings to pull away in a 10-0 shutout win. In the second game, they scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to clinch the sweep in an 18-0 blowout win.
"I'm real happy with our approach at the plate," MHS head coach Luke Norden said. "We did some situational hitting stuff yesterday (in practice) hitting the ball to the right side. Guys had a good approach to hitting the ball over there and focusing on something we worked on."
Mitchell (13-4) started the day with a Koby Larson single to drive in Drew Kitchens in the bottom of the first in Game 1 and then Kitchens returned the favor with an RBI single in the third as part of a three-run inning.
Larson and Kitchens combined to go 6-for-8 with seven RBIs in the game hitting from the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the order, respectively.
The Kernels took a commanding 9-0 lead on Douglas (0-15) into the fourth inning of Game 2 and managed double the lead by scoring all nine runs with two outs.
"We did a really good job of hitting the ball in the first game," Norden said. "We got the last inning and (Douglas) couldn't field the ball anymore. They fielded the ball a lot better in the first game. Obviously, you want to do a good job of taking advantage of mistakes, but they did a better job in the first game of not making mistakes and making us earn everything we got."
Not only did Mitchell swing a hot bat in both games, but the Kernel pitchell staff failed to allow a run, while surrendering a total of four hits and seven walks. Jared Miller, Koby Larson, Joe VanOverschelde, Maxwell Bennett and Colby Gillen recorded two RBIs each.
Tate DeBoer went the distance on the mound in the first game, giving up two hits and registering seven strikeouts in six innings. Jonah Schmidt got the start in Game 2, allowing two hits and three walks in four innings, while striking out three. Max Schoenfelder pitched the fifth inning, striking out the Douglas side.
"If we make the other team earn everything that they get, we can give up two hits an inning as long as that's all it is," Norden said. "... Some guys have a really good understanding of that and just put the ball in play. We did a good job of that (Friday) in not giving any free passes up."
Mitchell is back in action at Brandon Valley at 6 p.m. Monday.