LIVE: Mitchell High School baseball hosts Harrisburg
Live coverage of Kernel baseball from Cadwell Park starting at 5 p.m.
The Mitchell High School baseball team hosts Harrisburg in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 15 at Cadwell Park. The games start at 5 p.m.
Text updates from the doubleheader will be posted as the games unfold.
Game 1: Harrisburg 6, Mitchell 3.
Harrisburg starting pitcher Sam Rabern kept the Kernel hitters in check, scattering three hits over six innings of work. He got a big boost with a five-run third inning, powered by a bases-clearing three-RBI double from Ben Loos to break open a 1-0 game. Loos had four RBIs in the game, adding an RBI sacrifice fly in the seventh. Mitchell's offense was quiet until the seventh inning, when three walks and a hit batter forced across the Kernels' first run. Parker Bollinger and Dylan Soulek each had RBIs in the seventh. But the tying run was left at the plate, as Harrisburg improved its spring record to 11-0 and 7-0 against Class A foes.
Game 2: Harrisburg 9, Mitchell 1.
Harrisburg got another strong pitching outing from Will Simmons in Game 2, pitching five-plus innings. The Tigers scored nine runs on four hits, including five in the first inning with just two hits. Tyson Kogel had a two-RBI single in the fourth inning to cap a four-run inning that put Harrisburg up 9-1.
For Mitchell, Joe VanOverschelde had a leadoff triple in the second inning, with Jacob Schumacher knocking him in with an RBI single. But Mitchell left the bases loaded in the second inning, which was the last solid scoring opportunity Harrisburg allowed, with Simmons retiring the next seven batters in order. Landon Waddell was the losing pitcher with three-plus innings worked and five strikeouts and five walks. Jace Larson pitched the rest of the game.
Harrisburg improves to 12-0 and 8-0 against South Dakota Class A foes. Mitchell (3-3) hosts Douglas in a Friday doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. at Cadwell Park.