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Pitching and fielding woes haunt Kernel baseball

BRANDON -- The Mitchell High School baseball team's pitching and fielding uncharacteristically struggled on Monday. It walked six batters and committed four errors, leading to Brandon Valley staging a fifth-inning comeback to top the Kernels, 7-6...

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BRANDON -- The Mitchell High School baseball team’s pitching and fielding uncharacteristically struggled on Monday.

It walked six batters and committed four errors, leading to Brandon Valley staging a fifth-inning comeback to top the Kernels, 7-6. Mitchell is 13-5 on the year.

“It was a loss, we didn’t get beat,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “We lost the game for ourselves. … Giving up four hits and not a lot to show for (Brandon Valley) offensively, and to give up seven runs and lose the game, we didn’t play very well.”

Holding onto a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning, Mitchell starter Jared Miller allowed a single and two walks to load the bases with one out. Koby Larson relieved him, but couldn’t limit the damage.

Parker Reed singled in a pair of runs, followed by Bradley Skorczewski scoring on a groundout to give the Lynx a one-run lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Miller allowed seven runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings as he suffered the loss.

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“The most frustrating thing about it is, offensively, we did some really good things,” Norden said. “We did what we practiced the other day. We had some really good at-bats and executed some things really well. Just didn’t expect us to pitch the ball and play defense the worst we’ve had all year.”

Norden was pleased with his team’s production at the plate, especially during a four-run first inning.

After back-to-back hit by pitches and a Peyton Nash single, Carson Max highlighted the inning with a two-run single. He went 2-for-4, scoring on a wild pitch in the third inning after a triple.

“Carson absolutely smoked the ball and it went off the first baseman’s glove,” Norden said. “We did a really good job running the bases.”

However, walks and errors kept the Lynx in the game early. They managed two walks with one out in the bottom of the first, then scored three runs on a single and two errors.

“In the first inning, we had two big errors on the infield just throwing and catching the ball,” Norden said. “We didn’t let a ball through the infield and gave up three runs in the inning.”

Max Schoenfelder also scored on a double play in the fourth for the Kernels, but Cole Hupke didn’t allow a run in his three innings of relief to earn the win for Brandon Valley. Ryan McGinnis recorded two of Mitchell’s eight hits. Larson didn’t allow a run in 1 2/3 innings.

Mitchell hosts a 6 p.m. doubleheader against Yankton on Friday.

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