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Mitchell baseball to host opening rounds of Class A playoffs on Saturday

Kernels to host Sioux Falls Jefferson in the opening round

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Cadwell Park.
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MITCHELL — The Mitchell High School baseball team will be home for the opening weekend of the Class A high school playoffs on Saturday, May 21 at Cadwell Park.

The Kernels (15-7), who picked up the No. 4 seed in the playoffs, will host Sioux Falls Jefferson in its region playoff opener at noon Saturday in Mitchell. The winner of that game will take on either 13th-seeded Sturgis or No. 4 Harrisburg at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Scoopers and Tigers will meet in the other first-round game in Mitchell at about 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner of the four-team, single-elimination bracket advances to the Class A state tournament in Sioux Falls on May 29.

Sioux Falls Roosevelt, which was 17-1 against Class A competition during the season, earned the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason, while Brandon Valley (13-3) and Brookings (17-7) claimed the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, before Mitchell slotted in at No. 4. The top-four seeds earned the right to host the opening weekend in the attempt to reach the Class A state tournament, something Mitchell last did in 2019. That was also the last time Mitchell hosted a regional round, although that was necessitated by weather impacting other sites.

The winner of Mitchell’s pod will take on one of three teams from Roosevelt’s pod at noon on May 29 in Sioux Falls in the Class A state semifinals. No. 9 Yankton and No. 8 Pierre will play for the right to face the Rough Riders, who have a first-round bye in the bracket.

Video coverage of Mitchell’s regional round games Saturday from Cadwell Park will be available at mitchellrepublic.com.

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Class A high school baseball playoffs

Records as submitted to the SDHSBA involving only Class A games. Asterisks indicate game time is tentative. 

Upper bracket

Saturday at Ronken Field, Augustana
First round
No. 9 Yankton (12-10) vs. No. 8 Pierre (14-12), 5 p.m.

Quarterfinals (winner to state)
Yankton/Pierre winner vs. No. 1 SF Roosevelt (17-1), *7:30 p.m.

Saturday at Cadwell Park, Mitchell
First round
No. 13 SF Jefferson (6-18) vs. No. 4 Mitchell (15-7), noon.
No. 12 Sturgis (11-9) vs. No. 5 Harrisburg (14-10), *2 p.m.

Quarterfinals (winner to state)
Sturgis/Harrisburg winner vs. Mitchell/Jefferson winner, *4:30 p.m.

Lower bracket

Saturday at Aspen Park, Brandon
First round
No. 10 RC Stevens (9-14) vs. No. 7 SF Lincoln (9-9), 3 p.m.
No. 15 RC Central (4-17) vs. No. 2 Brandon Valley (13-3), *5 p.m.

Quarterfinals (winner to state)
Lincoln/Stevens winner vs. Brandon Valley/RC Central winner, *7 p.m.

Saturday at Shelden Field, Brookings
First round
No. 14 Huron (6-11) vs. No. 3 Brookings (17-7), noon.
No. 11 O’Gorman (7-13) vs. No. 6 SF Washington (10-10), *2 p.m.

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Quarterfinals (winner to state)
Huron/Brookings winner vs. Washington/O’Gorman winner, *4 p.m.

Class A state tournament

At Sioux Falls Stadium

Semifinals — Saturday, May 28
Upper bracket winners, noon.
Lower bracket winners, *2 p.m.

Championship — Saturday, May 28
Semifinal winners, *5 p.m.

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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