Saturday afternoon, a day later then originally scheduled, the Pierre Governor baseball team picked up its fifth win of the season but also fell for the first time this season as they split the doubleheader with the Mitchell Kernels taking the first game 5-4 but being shutout in the second game, 6-0.
The Governor offense wasn’t as near prevalent as was the case in the first weekend of the season when the Govs averaged near 15 hits a game. On Saturday, Pierre recorded only eight hits, four in each game in the split. In both games, the Mitchell Kernels opened up the bottom of the first with a 3-0 and 2-0 leads. In the first game, the Govs were able to answer with two runs without recording a hit on the second and adding three runs on three hits in the fourth. Maguire Raske had three RBI in the first game and recorded three of the eight hits in total of the two games. Aaron Booth started in game one but Isaac Polak was able to keep the Kernels with only three runs on the board through the middle innings. Lincoln Kienholz came in and struck out the only two batters he faced to record his first save of the year.
Pierre spread out its first hits in the second game of the day but the Kernel pitching staff only gave Pierre two free passes in the shutout win. Raske had two of the four hits in the game for Pierre.
The Governors, now at 5-1, will face the Harrisburg Tigers on Saturday on the road. First pitch of the doubleheader is at 2:00. You can listen to the game on Today’s KCCR, todayskccr.com and watch on YouTube at KCCR Sports with Jon Winkler and Greg Dean on the call.