Warriors outlast Kernel softball in SoDak 16 matchup

The second time around wasn't the same for the Mitchell High School softball team.

Mitchell's Alyssa Magee stands in the batters' box in a high school softball game on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at Cadwell Park.
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SIOUX FALLS -- The second time around wasn't the same for the Mitchell High School softball team.

After a 21-3 loss to Sioux Falls Washington during the regular season, the Kernels didn't go quietly in their SoDak 16 rematch on Tuesday at the Sanford Sports Complex Diamonds, as the fifth-seeded Warriors outlasted the Kernels 2-0. The loss ends Mitchell's season at 5-14.

The Kernels had their chances late to tighten the game. Mady Thompson had a leadoff single in the fifth inning and was moved to second base with a sacrifice bunt, but a groundout and a strikeout ended the threat. In the sixth, Alyssa Magee had a leadoff single and then was caught stealing at second base, and in the seventh inning, Delaney Degen had a one-out double and moved up to third base on a wild pitch but was then stranded there on a pair of strikeouts to end the game.

Washington freshman pitcher Emma Hensley kept the Kernels in check, scattering six hits and striking out nine without issuing a walk. Tierney Schramm and Ava Brink each drove in runs for the Warriors to build a 2-0 lead in the first inning, scoring Hensley and Schramm.

For Mitchell, Magee was 3-for-3 at the plate, finishing with half of the Kernels' six hits. Thompson had a pair of hits, including a double, and Degen had a double as well. Freshman Rylee Jennings was the losing pitcher, allowing seven hits, two runs and striking out three. After six errors in the May 1 matchup, Mitchell did not commit a defensive miscue in Tuesday's game.


The Warriors move on to face Sioux Falls Jefferson in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals on June 1 in Aberdeen.

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