The Mitchell High School baseball team got a one-run game to go its way Tuesday.
The Kernels, who dropped two one-run games against Brookings on Sunday, edged Sioux Falls Lincoln 2-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Cadwell Park. In Game 2, the Kernels fell into a 3-0 hole and lost by a 6-1 score.
The Kernels (11-7) received a solid pitching performance from Ethan Price and just enough offense to hold off Lincoln (18-4) for the narrow Game 1 win.
“Those are games you like to play,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “Where that tension is either way and to go out and compete in those situations. That’s all you can ask for and that’s good we could win one.”
In Game 1, Price allowed one earned run, six hits and struck out three batters through 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. He issued four walks through his 107-pitch outing.
“He did a really, really good job of throwing with base runners today,” Norden said. “I thought that’s what he did really well. He just bared down when he got guys on and focused on going to get a hitter and getting some easy outs.”
Offensively, the Kernels finished with just three hits. However, they capitalized on a pair of two-out singles to eke out the win. In the bottom of the first inning, Jake Helleloid’s RBI single plated Jonah Schmidt from third base for a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jace Larson’s RBI single scored Dylan Soulek for the 2-1 lead.
“That’s one of the things we kind of struggled with in Brookings, too,” Norden said. “We scored some runs, but a lot of them weren’t with two outs. It’s good to have those quality at-bats with two outs.”
After Larson’s RBI single, Brock Sparks made a nice catch in right field to preserve Mitchell’s lead. With two outs and a runner on third base, Ryne Hammerstrom laced a shot to deep right field, but Sparks snagged the ball for the third out.
“I thought our outfield played really well tonight,” Norden said. “We got some good jumps on balls. We had some really good catches in the gaps and some foul balls.”
Larson, who came on in relief, got the final two outs and got Lincoln’s Oscar Lockwood-Powell to fly out with a runner on third base to end the game.
In Game 2, the Kernels allowed three runs on one error in the first inning. They finished with four total errors and Lincoln with nine hits.
Lincoln’s Ty Schafer struck out seven batters, allowed four hits and one run in the complete-game performance. Schmidt, Joe VanOverschelde, Nick Lord and Carson Fahey each had a hit off Schafer.
Up next, the Kernels will play at Brandon Valley in a 6 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.