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Kernels fall to Roosevelt 8-5

Through two games, 11 pitchers have seen time on the mound for the Mitchell spring baseball team. Friday, Mitchell coach Luke Norden sent four pitchers to the mound through the course of the game to battle Sioux Falls Roosevelt hitters. And for i...

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Luke Hagen/Republic Mitchell third baseman Jacob Rice has a ball bounce past him as a Sioux Falls Roosevelt base runner slides safely into the bag during a high school baseball game Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

Through two games, 11 pitchers have seen time on the mound for the Mitchell spring baseball team.

Friday, Mitchell coach Luke Norden sent four pitchers to the mound through the course of the game to battle Sioux Falls Roosevelt hitters. And for innings three through seven, the Kernels' bullpen pitchers did their jobs, Norden said. The problem was the first two innings.

Roosevelt scored seven runs in its first two at-bats en route to an 8-5 win over the Kernels Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

After Mitchell starter Aaron Sudbeck was pulled with two outs in the second, the Kernels only gave up one more run. Mitchell's Ben Miller, Dylanger Pierson and Tyler Houwman combined to throw 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and one unearned run.

"We threw the ball well enough after the second inning to win the baseball game," Norden said. "In the third inning through the seventh inning, Roosevelt had one quality at-bat. Our pitchers after the second inning did a fantastic job keeping guys off balance."

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Mitchell (0-2) got a big offensive game from left fielder Kirby Fuerst, who went 3-for-4 and was a double shy of the cycle. The senior's solo home run over the left-field fence in the seventh inning pulled Mitchell within 8-5, but two outs in the next two batters ended the game.

Fuerst had an RBI triple in the second inning to score Derek Miller and put Mitchell on the board. Jacob Rice's two-strike, looping single to right scored Fuerst to get the Kernels within 7-2.

Roosevelt added an unearned run in the top of the third off Miller for its final score of the ballgame.

Fuerst's broken-bat, RBI single in the fifth scored Jared Schmidt for Mitchell's third run, but Roosevelt worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation to hold its five-run lead. In the eighth, Schmidt had an opposite-field RBI single to score Matt Larson, who was Mitchell's only player beside Fuerst with multiple hits. Then Fuerst homered the next inning, his first ever with a wooden bat. The last time he homered was last summer during the Legion season with a BBCOR bat.

"Just confident looking for a fastball to hit," Fuerst said. "Felt good."

Sudbeck was tagged with the loss, going 1 2/3 innings and allowing six hits, seven runs and five walks. Miller threw 2 1/3 innings, Pierson pitched two innings and Houwman retired three of the five batters he faced.

"I thought we outplayed them just from the standpoint that we won more innings than they did," said Norden, whose team outhit Roosevelt 9-8. Both teams left 10 men on base.

Roosevelt starter Seth Peterson tossed the first two innings and picked up the win. Josh Baumgart and Seth Bjordal each had a pair of hits for Roosevelt.

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Mitchell looks to get its first win of the year today, when it travels to Pierre for a doubleheader. The first game is at 1 p.m.

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Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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