The Mitchell High School softball team was able to string together hits, but couldn’t stop Watertown’s bats on Tuesday at the Cadwell Sports Complex.
Watertown scored 39 runs in the doubleheader sweep of the Kernels, taking down Mitchell 11-4 in the first game and 28-18 in Game 2.
In the first game, Keirstyn Krcil hit a three-run home run to highlight Mitchell’s four-run third inning. But the Kernels couldn’t overcome an early hole as Watertown scored the first six runs, then responded to Mitchell’s rally with five runs between the third and fourth innings.
Morgan Schneider, who had one of Mitchell’s 10 hits, scored on an error for the Kernels’ fourth run. Kathleen Nash led the team with two hits.
On the mound, Krcil conceded 11 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits and two walks. She also struck out a pair of batters.
The Kernels scored 14 runs in the first inning of the second game, but only managed four runs the rest of the game. They recorded 10 hits and four walks in the first frame. Meanwhile, Watertown chipped away at the lead, then exploded for an eight-run fourth and nine-run fifth.
Mitchell was outhit 24-16, but Krcil hit a three-run blast during her 2-for-3 day. Ally Barlean led the team with four hits and four RBIs, though Nash had three hits and Camryn Krogman finished with two. Barlean, Nash and Gaby Sonne each hit a double, too.
Krcil gave up four earned runs in a one-inning start, followed by Jacey Linke allowing 15 runs (10 earned) in three innings and Kennedy Wantoch giving up nine runs (eight earned) in an inning of work.
Mitchell (2-18) plays in the Eastern South Dakota Conference tournament on Friday.