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Strong pitching pushes Mitchell baseball past Roosevelt

SIOUX FALLS--Backed by a strong defensive infield, Jackson Sadler tossed a gem for the Mitchell High School baseball team. The right-hander struck out seven batters in a six-inning start, making sure Sioux Falls Roosevelt couldn't mount a comebac...

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SIOUX FALLS-Backed by a strong defensive infield, Jackson Sadler tossed a gem for the Mitchell High School baseball team.

The right-hander struck out seven batters in a six-inning start, making sure Sioux Falls Roosevelt couldn't mount a comeback during the Kernels' 8-2 win on Monday. The win pushed Mitchell to 15-6 on the season.

Sadler retired the first 10 batters of the game as he held the Rough Riders to two runs on five hits. It only took him 99 pitches to get through six frames, in part to striking out Billy Chatwell with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning and hold Roosevelt to one run.

"(Sadler) did a good job of not trying to do too much and getting the ball over the plate," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.

A big part of Sadler's success was trusting a defense which didn't commit an error, compared to Roosevelt's five. Max Schoenfelder pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

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"We pitched the ball really well and our infield defense was outstanding," Norden said. "... Just guys knowing they have to get the ball in play and work quickly and not trying to do too much."

Sadler pitched with a lead for the entire game, too. Koby Larson scored on a passed ball in the first inning to give Mitchell a 1-0 lead. The inning featured Mitchell drawing four of its nine walks.

The Kernels tacked on four more runs in the fourth, highlighted by RBI singles from Jared Miller and Peyton Nash.

"I think being patient at the plate and not trying to do too much with the ball," Norden said about the four-run fourth inning. "... I was really happy with the attitude of the guys tonight. They came really prepared to win a game tonight."

Norden tinkered with the lineup, too. Drew Kitchens moved into the two-hole and Austin Kerr to third in the lineup, which paid dividends in the seventh. Kitchens drove in Miller on a fielder's choice, followed by Kerr hitting a two-RBI single. Kerr finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, helping Mitchell finish with five hits.

"It was good to make a little move and both guys benefited from it," Norden said.

The Kernels host Sioux Falls O'Gorman for a 5 p.m. doubleheader today at Cadwell Park.

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