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VIDEO: Mitchell High School baseball can't deliver at the plate in loss to Roosevelt

Live coverage of Kernel baseball from Harmodon Park starting at 6 p.m.

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SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell High School could not capitalize on an opportunity for an early lead and Sioux Falls Roosevelt made it pay.

The Kernels had runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the first and came away empty. The Rough Riders, meanwhile, scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the inning, then put up three apiece in the following two innings to win 12-1 Tuesday at Harmodon Park.

Mitchell had two hits through five innings and committed four errors, while Roosevelt clubbed 12 hits and eventually ended the game on a walk-off triple by Jamie Legg in the bottom of the sixth.

“We just have to play with more confidence and play fearless,” MHS head coach Luke Norden said. “We just have to have a better demeanor and not worry about making mistakes and playing full speed and fearless.”

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Ben Irsfeld kept Mitchell (6-4) in check, going five innings without allowing a run, while striking out 10 and walking two. Norden felt his team was not aggressive enough with Irsfield on the mound, nor with reliever Charlie Jensen.

In Jensen’s lone inning for Roosevelt (9-8), he walked a pair of batters and gave up hits to Jonah Schmidt and Joe Van Overschelde to load the bases with no outs. The lone run for the Kernels came when Carson Fahey was put on with a bases-loaded walk. Jensen proceeded to strike out the final three batters of the inning, as Roosevelt punched out 13 of its 18 outs.

“We were hitting .404 when we put the ball in play (prior to Tuesday) and that’s awesome,” Norden said. “We have to put the ball in play. We have to quit striking out. If we put the ball in play, we get a couple runs. We just have to know the situation better and know our strengths.”

Van Overschelde was 2-for-3 at the plate, while starter Jake Helleloid gave up five earned runs on eight hits and three walks in three innings of work.

Legg finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs, while Irsfeld was 2-for-4. Mitchell Willis and Camden Gadbois knocked in two runs apiece.

Mitchell faces Rapid City Central in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Saturday in Rapid City.

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