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Mitchell loses to Roosevelt in semifinals

SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell left-hander Brent Havlik threw 12 pitches to Sioux Falls Roosevelt's No. 5 hitter, Logan Thune, in the first inning of Monday's state high school baseball semifinal game.

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Mitchell's Collin Moen runs to first base during a semifinal game at the state tournament Monday at Sioux Falls Stadium. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell left-hander Brent Havlik threw 12 pitches to Sioux Falls Roosevelt's No. 5 hitter, Logan Thune, in the first inning of Monday's state high school baseball semifinal game.

The at-bat was a battle.

Havlik got up on Thune early, but after numerous full-count foul balls, the Roosevelt lefty watched ball four to earn a walk, one of 13 free passes Mitchell pitchers allowed in the game.

Mitchell lost 14-10 to get eliminated by Roosevelt, which went on to win the Class A state championship over Sioux Falls Lincoln 4-3.

"We executed everything except throwing the ball over the strike zone," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We gave away way too many free bases."

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Havlik's first inning consisted of 47 pitches, allowing Roosevelt to build a 4-0 lead.

The Kernels didn't let the early deficit hurt their first at-bat, though. Mitchell drew four walks and got RBI hits from Zach Bennett and Collin Moen to score six runs for a 6-4 lead.

Havlik -- who had an RBI single in the third -- pitched into the fourth inning, but was pulled after walking a batter and allowing a base hit up the middle to put two Roosevelt runners on base. They each came around to score when Jared Schmidt gave up a single and a sacrifice fly to close Mitchell's lead to one run.

Schmidt had a 1-2-3 fifth inning, but allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks in the top of the sixth inning.

"I rather see a guy hit a double off the wall than see guys move up base to base on walks or hit by pitch," said Norden, whose team ended its season 14-11.

Mitchell scored one in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Michael Sadler to pull within 13-8, and after Roosevelt scored one in the seventh, the Kernels got a two-out RBI double by Schmidt for their last runs of the season.

"We should have won that game," Moen said. "We were the better team, but that's just baseball. It happens."

Roosevelt's starter, Lucas Wilber, never recorded an out. He was pulled in the first inning for Austin Smith, who pitched seven innings and picked up the win. Roosevelt also had four defensive errors.

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"We scored 10 runs," Norden said. "You'd think being able to score 10 runs you'd be able to win."

Havlik and Schmidt each had three hits for the Kernels, who didn't make the state high school tournament last year. Bennett and Moen each had two hits and Ryan Buck, Nick Young and Eric Bortnem each had a single.

NOTES: This was the third time in three games Mitchell lost to Roosevelt this season. ... Seth Cavanaugh pitched the final inning for Mitchell, allowing one run on a two-out triple. ... Havlik threw 3 1/3 innings, walking six batters and hitting three others with a pitch.

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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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