In nearly pristine conditions, the Mitchell High School baseball team picked up a season-opening sweep against Yankton on Monday. The Kernels topped the Bucks 10-4 and 8-4 in a doubleheader at Cadwell Park.
On a bright and sunny afternoon, the Kernels (2-0) recorded 20 total hits in the twin bill and scored at least one run in eight different innings.
“I was really happy with our approach to the plate and just seeing the ball in general with the only pitching we’ve really seen is me a little bit here and there,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “I was really happy from a standpoint of seeing the ball well in the batter’s box. I think that was probably the biggest thing that I noticed.”
In Game 1, Norden praised the Kernels for being aggressive at the plate. They logged eight hits as Parker Bollinger had two hits and two RBIs. Dylan Soulek and Jacob Schumacher both drove in two runs. Mitchell tacked on five runs in the sixth inning for a 10-5 lead.
The Kernels also overcame five errors in the first game.
“All of those were totally controllable and just not making a decision,” Norden said about the errors. “They were just a couple decisions that we probably shouldn’t have made or should have made a different decision that caused us to get into those errors.”
In Game 1, Mitchell’s Ethan Price earned the win. He struck out three batters, allowed two hits and one earned run in four innings.
In Game 2, Mitchell racked up 12 hits and cut down its errors to just one. Bollinger, Jake Helleloid and Mason Geraets each had two hits apiece. Nick Lord and Jackson Ebert both had triples.
Landon Waddell lasted the first 2 2/3 innings, striking out four batters, scattering four hits and allowing two earned runs. Jace Larson came in relief and pitched the final four innings, finishing with seven hits, one earned run and striking out three batters.
Norden praised Larson and Seth Muth for their relief performances in the doubleheader.
“Both of those guys did a really good job pounding the strike zone,” Norden said. “We don’t have a ton of guys that are going to go out there and throw the ball by people and not a lot of guys that throw terribly hard but we just have to utilize the strike zone.”
Up next, the Kernels will host Pierre in a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at Cadwell Park.
Monday’s contest gave the Kernels a blueprint for what to work on before Friday.
“You have kind of a target of things to work on and talk about in practice,” Norden said. “You look to get guys in rotation as far as on the mound goes and getting the pitching rotation kind of setup.”