The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team’s bats were quieted by conference leading Morningside College in a doubleheader yesterday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell. The Tigers scored two early, but were shut down the rest of the way in a 9-2 loss in game one, while the #14 Mustangs broke out late to pull away for a 5-1 win in the finale. The losses drop DWU softball to 23-15 overall and 6-4 in the GPAC. DWU freshman Savannah Ahumada drove in her team leading 36th run with a first-inning triple in game one and later scored on an RBI single from freshman Sierra Haage. The Tigers were limited to just three hits the rest of the way as Morningside, 27-5 overall and 8-0 in the GPAC, built to its lead throughout. Freshman pitcher Hallie Misiaszek took the loss in game one, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits, while walking four and striking out two. Misiaszek is 8-4 this season. The teams battled in a low-scoring game in the finale, as the score was tied at one through four innings. DWU got its lone run in the third inning on a RBI single from freshman Karly Severance. After taking a one-run lead in the fifth, Morningside got three insurance runs in the seventh to put the game away as DWU left nine runners on base in the loss. Haage was charged with the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits, while walking two and striking out four. She is 10-5 this season. Morningside has won 14 games in a row. The Tigers continue conference play against Hastings College at 1:00pm and 3:00pm Saturday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell. Hastings is 23-13 overall but 0-6 in the GPAC. Sunday the Tiger softball team will host Midland University at 1:00pm and 3:00pm and then the Tigers travel to Mount Marty to battle the Lancers in Yankton on Wednesday at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.
The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team, 16-13 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC, will hit the road for a conference doubleheader against Northwestern College today at 5:00pm and 7:00pm in Orange City Iowa. Northwestern is 14-16 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC. The Tigers swept Northwestern 5 to 4 and 16 to 8 in Mitchell back on March 25th. The Tiger baseball team will also host Midland University on Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, host Mayville State on Wednesday also at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. The Tiger baseball team will be at home at Cadwell Park 10 out of their next 11 games.
Mitchell’s Athletic Director Geoff Gross has been named one of the Region AD’s of the Year from the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association. The announcement was made at their spring conference in Sioux Falls last month. Gross was named Region 6 Athletic Director of the Year along with Tim Hawkins of Ethan, named Region 5 AD of the Year. Congrats to Geoff Gross and Tim Hawkins on your honor.
The Mitchell boy’s tennis team will host their season home opener today when they welcome St. Thomas More to Hitchcock Park. The dual match starts at 12:30pm. After today the tennis team will be at O’Gorman on Tuesday for a dual that starts at 4:00pm.
The Kernel track and field team will be in Huron today and in Yankton next Tuesday for their next action. Today starts at 3:30pm and Tuesday starts at 4:00pm. The Corn Palace Relays here in Mitchell will be held on Saturday April 16th.
The Mitchell spring baseball team, 4-0 overall, will host Brandon Valley tonight at Cadwell Park in a doubleheader at 5:00pm and 7:00pm followed by a Saturday doubleheader at home against Watertown at 4:00pm and 6:00pm. KORN will start spring baseball coverage on Saturday at 4:00pm on AM 1490 KORN and on-line at 1490korn.com.
The Mitchell Kernel girl’s golf team will tee-off their season on April 14th at Harrisburg at Spring Creek Country Club starting at 10:00am.
It’s the 13th Annual KORN/Q107 Elite Eight Athletes of the Year Award. KORN/Q107-3 and The Depot of Mitchell are coming together to recognize our area’s Elite 8 Athletes of the Year. Male or Female athletes of any sport are eligible. There will be eight males and eight females from our area that will represent our Elite group. A banquet will be held in their honor on Thursday night, May 19th in the Freight House Room of the Depot in Mitchell at 6:30 pm. As with any award, there are some criteria. The athletes must be a junior or a senior, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be involved in community activities. If you are a coach and have an eligible candidate for the KORN/Q107 Elite 8 Athlete of the Year, please submit a nomination form with the information that is required. Entries are to be received no later than May 7th. For more details or to obtain a nomination form, contact Steve Morgan at 1-605-996-1490.
The Minnesota Twins were swept in a three-game series at Baltimore after their 4 to 2 loss last night. Phil Hughes took the loss despite tossing six strong innings. Trevor May came on to pitch the final two innings. Joe Mauer had a homerun for the Twins, 0-3 overall. The Twins head to Kansas City for a three game series with the Royals starting tonight at 7:15pm. Ervin Santana will start tonight after pitching on Monday in a rain delayed game in Baltimore. Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco will get the nod on Saturday and Sunday. The Twins host the Chicago White Sox on Monday for the home opener at Target Field in Minneapolis.
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