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Jonah Schmidt's one-hitter earns Mitchell High School a split with Yankton

Errors cost Mitchell High School the first game of a doubleheader against Yankton and Jonah Schmidt’s arm earned it a sweep in the second game.

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Mitchell's Nick Lord hits a foul ball during Game 1 of a doubleheader against Yankton at Riverside Park Friday in Yankton. (James Cimburek / Yankton Press & Dakotan)

YANKTON -- Errors cost Mitchell High School the first game of a doubleheader against Yankton and Jonah Schmidt’s arm earned it a sweep in the second game.

The Kernels committed four costly errors in a 5-3 loss to the Bucks in Game 1 Friday at Riverside Park, while Schmidt threw a one-hit shutout to score a 5-0 win in Game 2 that snapped a three-game skid and kept them above .500 for the season.

“I haven’t looked at the power points in a couple weeks because it doesn’t matter in the end and we’re in a rut,” MHS head coach Luke Norden said. “It doesn’t do us any good to look at the standings. We’ve played well against everybody and I’m not certain we want to stay away from. For certain there’s some teams I’d like a second chance at.”

Schmidt had a one-hitter entering his last start against Brandon Valley before faltering. This time, the Mitchell (14-12) junior was nearly flawless. He lost a perfect game one out into the fifth and Jace McCorkell’s single up the middle with one out in the sixth ruined the no-hitter. Still, Schmidt tossed a complete game, striking out six.

Dylan Soulek led the Kernels at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Schmidt was 2-for-4. Jace Larson and Jacob Schumacher both had RBIs in the win.

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“Jonah just pounded the strike zone, put the ball in play and got through innings quick,” Norden said. “We’re so much when the ball’s in play more frequently and guys aren’t waiting around. … Guys are excited to play defense behind him.”

After falling behind 1-0, Mitchell scored three consecutive runs in Game 1, including a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Parker Bollinger hit an RBI single and Dylan Soulek stole home on a double-steal.

But Yankton (6-19) came right back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, started with an error at third and a walk. Dylan Prouty plated a run with a single and Drew Ryken scored on a throwing error to tie the game.

Tony McGlone drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI single to center in the sixth and another run scored on an error at third two plays later.

Yankton pitcher Tristan Redman surrendered three earned runs on six hits, while Jake Helleloid allowed three earned runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings for the Kernels.

“Good teams find a way to put up a zero the next inning and get back in to hit,” Norden said. “We just dropped our guard a little bit after we scored. We just have to have an understanding of being better after we score, throw strikes and put up a zero after we hit. We did a lot better job of that in the second game.”

Mitchell hosts Rapid City Stevens in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cadwell Park.

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