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Kernels split with Harrisburg

After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against Harrisburg 13-6, the Mitchell High School baseball team responded with an 11-1 win in five innings to split with the Tigers on Friday at Cadwell Park.

Mitchell's Drew Kitchens fields the ball during a prep baseball game against Harrisburg on Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer / Republic)
Mitchell's Drew Kitchens fields the ball during a prep baseball game against Harrisburg on Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against Harrisburg 13-6, the Mitchell High School baseball team responded with an 11-1 win in five innings to split with the Tigers on Friday at Cadwell Park.

It was nearly two different games for the Kernels, who settled down at the plate and on the mound in the second game against the Tigers to improve to 5-2 on the season.

"We wasted some at-bats in the first game," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "Guys weren't swinging at good hitter's pitches. We were swinging at pitcher's pitches. That changed in the second game."

Harrisburg (7-3) broke the first game open with a six-run second inning and the Tigers finished the game with 15 hits.

Mitchell battled back to make the game 7-6 after four innings, but the Tigers put together another six-run inning in the top of the seventh to earn the win.

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For Mitchell, Carson Max went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a stolen base, while Elijah Pommer and Drew Kitchens each had a double and an RBI.

On the mound, Jared Miller took the loss, allowing six earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

In the second game, the Kernels took an early 2-1 lead after one inning and broke the game open with a five-run second inning. Mitchell scored at least one run in each inning and finished the game with 10 hits.

"There wasn't a lot of easy outs for them in the second game," Norden said. "We were able to bunt the ball and steal a couple of bases. When we get guys on base, we can do some of those things."

Spencer Neugebauer went 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run, three RBIs, three stolen bases and three runs scored. Jed Schmidt added two hits and three RBIs, while Pommer had two hits.

Calvin Hegg earned the win, holding the Tigers to one run on one hit in four innings pitched.

"Calvin was able to go and get ahead (of hitters)," Norden said. "He didn't overwork himself and we had some really good plays in the infield. Drew Kitchens and Elijah Pommer made some great plays."

Mitchell takes on Watertown in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. today at Drake Field.

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"We can't just show up and expect to win two games," Norden said about facing Watertown. "We have to come out and put pressure on from the beginning and hopefully our pitchers can settle in."

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