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Kernels cruise past Winner/Colome

In an unconventional Class A vs. Class B high school baseball matchup, the Mitchell Kernels proved to be too much to handle for Winner/Colome. Mitchell topped Royals 12-2 in five innings on Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. After Winner/Colo...

Mitchell's Drew Kitchens, right, gets ready to catch the ball as Winner/Colome's Drew DeMers, left, retreats back to second base during a high school baseball game on Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)
Mitchell's Drew Kitchens, right, gets ready to catch the ball as Winner/Colome's Drew DeMers, left, retreats back to second base during a high school baseball game on Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

In an unconventional Class A vs. Class B high school baseball matchup, the Mitchell Kernels proved to be too much to handle for Winner/Colome.

Mitchell topped Royals 12-2 in five innings on Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

After Winner/Colome struck first with a run in the top of second inning, the Kernels responded with six runs in the bottom half of the inning, before adding five more runs in the bottom of the third inning.

"We had really good at-bats tonight and we hit the ball hard," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "We have continued to get better from Monday with hitting line drives and not getting any lazy outs."

Mitchell capitalized off three Winner/Colome errors in the contest and finished the game with 11 hits.

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"This is by far the worst we've played all year, but a lot of that goes to Mitchell because they're a good team," Winner/Colome head coach Drew Weber said. "Our pitchers threw strikes, which is what we want to see, but our guys just didn't make plays behind them like we've been accustomed to all year."

Weber added the Royals, who suffered their first loss of the season, have had some games canceled due to weather and were looking to gain some experience against a high quality team before they host a super-regional on Tuesday in Winner.

For Mitchell, the game against a Class B opponent was another chance to see more pitches before the region tournament on Saturday in Yankton.

"We were trying to get some better at-bats going into the playoffs on Saturday," Norden said. "Hopefully, we can continue to do what we've been doing."

Calvin Hegg picked up the win for Mitchell. Hegg allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Carson Max led the Kernel offense with an inside-the-park homerun, a double and three RBIs, while Jed Schmidt added a double, a single, two runs scored and three RBIs and Spencer Neugebauer finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs.

Kelly O'Bryan took the loss for the Royals. O'Bryan allowed nine runs, six earned, off seven hits in two and 1/3 innings pitched.

Reed Harter and Riley Calhoon each had a hit and a run scored for Winner/Colome. The Royals finished the game with three hits and three runners on base, while Mitchell had one error and six runners left on base.

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Mitchell (17-9) plays Sioux Falls O'Gorman at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Yankton to open the Region 2A tournament.

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