Nearly a month after splitting a doubleheader, the Mitchell High School baseball team squared off with Yankton in another twin bill on Friday at Cadwell Park.
Once again, the result was the same. The Kernels took the first game, 6-3, but could not finish the sweep as the Bucks took the second game, 4-2.
"As well we played in the first game and as well as Calvin (Hegg) threw in the second game, we were hoping to get out of there with some separation in the (playoff) power points," MHS head coach Luke Norden said. "We're going to struggle to climb the ladder in the top four to have any chance at a home game if we can't put some doubleheaders together."
In Game 1, Mitchell (14-6) capitalized on Yankton miscues to score four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Kernels scored two of those runs on errors and then Max Schoenfelder drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Ryan McGinnis recorded an RBI on a groundout.
The Bucks immediately sliced the lead to one in the next inning, but Mitchell answered when two hits put runners in scoring position and an error allowed Koby Larson-who went 3-for-4-to score.
"Defensively, we did a really good job," Norden said. "We kind of battened down the hatches."
Mitchell once again scored first in Game 2 after Yankton (7-8) walked four batters in a row. The Kernels would get their second run on an error by catcher Michael Drotzmann with the bases loaded, but that's where the offense ended.
Yankton took the lead in the top of the fourth after recording three hits that scored a pair of runs, including RBI singles from Ethan Wishon and Sam Mooney. Meanwhile, Mitchell was walked 11 times, but limited to three hits, two coming from Peyton Nash.
"They tried to give us a lot of opportunities," Norden said. "We shot ourselves in the foot too many times. We had innings that we had opportunities in, we got guys on base and then we just snowballed a couple innings and couldn't get any more runs."
Brady Brosz gave up three runs on four hits in the first game, while Calvin Hegg tossed all seven innings in Game 2, allowing four runs on six hits and struck out four batters.
Mitchell faces Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 6 p.m. on Monday in Sioux Falls.