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SIOUX FALLS -- In a game full of tough at-bats, Mitchell's Jed Schmidt battled away at the plate in the top of the seventh inning, fouling off seven straight 0-2 pitches.

SIOUX FALLS - In a game full of tough at-bats, Mitchell's Jed Schmidt battled away at the plate in the top of the seventh inning, fouling off seven straight 0-2 pitches.

But Schmidt found one that worked, lining a base hit to right field and moving Spencer Neugebauer to third base with no outs. The two then combined on a double-steal play for Neugebauer to score the go-ahead run, helping the Kernels' spring baseball team to a 4-3 road win over Sioux Falls Roosevelt Tuesday at Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls.

Schmidt was 3-for-4 in the game and knocked in a run but it was his last at-bat that embodied the Kernels' toughness to walk away with the win.

"We had some long at-bats all day," said Mitchell coach Luke Norden. "We weren't swinging outside of the strike zone and Jed's at-bat was just tough and it was a great effort."

After two scoreless innings, Mitchell scored two runs, starting with Schmidt and Sam Michels scoring on a error after a batted ball by Drew Kitchens. Roosevelt got one back in the bottom of the third until Schmidt doubled to left field in the fourth inning, scoring Neugebauer for a 3-1 lead.

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The Rough Riders (0-2) got runs in the fourth and sixth innings to tie the game at 3-3 before Mitchell moved ahead in the seventh.

"We had a lead most of the game and Roosevelt did a good job of coming back," Norden said. "It was a good battle."

The Kernels got a strong combined effort on the mound from Kitchens and Elijah Pommer. Kitchens started the game, throwing three innings, allowing two hits and two runs. He struck out three and walked five. Pommer came in for the final four innings, earning the win. He allowed one run on three hits, striking out three.

"I knew that both of those guys would be able to pound the strike zone," Norden said. "They both came in throwing strikes and not having throw long, they both were able really pitch well."

Neugebauer had two runs. Sam Michels also added a run scored and Bryce Geraets and Briggs Havlik each had a hit.

Norden said his team exuded confidence in the victory, one that carried a little extra meaning in that it was the Kernels' first region game of the season.

The Kernels (8-1) play a single, seven-inning game at Huron on Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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