Mitchell Black splits home doubleheader with Aberdeen
Mitchell won the first game, 15-10, and dropped the second, 7-3.
MITCHELL — High-scoring innings were the deciding factor, as an eight-run frame carried Mitchell Black to a 15-10 seven-inning victory before Aberdeen scored all its runs in one inning of a 7-3 four-inning final to split a 14-and-under baseball doubleheader Friday at Drake Field.
In Game 1, Mitchell and Aberdeen were tied at 6-6 after three innings, but had eight runs — six by way of walk, hit by pitch, wild pitch or error — cross during the fifth to take control of the contest.
Mitchell’s 15 runs came on seven total hits and were aided by five errors by the Smittys. Kendan Skinner had two hits as the only Mitchell player with multiple base knocks. Skinner drove in one run, while Tyler Christensen and Dawson Adams had four and three runs batted in, respectively. Jacob Ebert also had two RBIs and picked up the win on the mound.
Ebert pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, striking out two while allowing two hits and three walks. Van Johnson got the start and Quinton Wilson also made a relief appearance, with all three pitchers tossing at least two full innings.
For Aberdeen, Ridley Waldo, Kalen Larson, Mason Ligon and Levi Hoffman each had a pair of hits, with Hoffman driving in three runs and Waldo adding one. Becker Bosma started on the mound and pitched 2 1/3 innings, but Larson — the second of three relief pitchers — was credited with the loss in one inning of work.
In Game 2, the Smittys jumped out to a 7-0 lead with all runs coming in the top half of the second inning and Mitchell was only able to pull back three runs in the four-inning contest.
Ebert had the lone Mitchell hit and had two RBIs — one on a single to center field and the second on a groundout to second base.
Jaxson Hartman went 1 1/3 innings after getting the start on the mound and was credited with the loss. Dawson Jonnassen and Ben Johnson each struck out three batters in a combined 2 2/3 innings.
Waldo added two more hits that resulted in two RBIs, while pitching three innings with three strikeouts to lead the Smittys in the second contest.
Mitchell Black hosts Yankton for a doubleheader in its next action on Monday, June 20.