The Pierre Governors didn’t know if they were going to have their home opener until Thursday afternoon. But the amount of sunshine and wind on the field gave Hyde Stadium a perfect look for the doubleheader on Friday against Mitchell.
In a marathon game in game one, the Governors outlasted the Kernels 1-0 in a nine inning win but then fell 7-5 in the night cap of the doubleheader. In game one, a pitching dual between Gray Zabel and Jackson Sadler as the both pitchers threw seven complete shutout innings. Zabel was the better of the two pitchers not walking a runner and giving up just four hits and struck out 11. It’s the second time that Zabel has toed the rubber this year and struck out at least 10 hitters in his two starts. In the bottom of the ninth, Josh Rowse hit a ground ball back to the pitcher who threw it home wildly and the Governors were able to score and win the first game.
In game number two, Maguire Raske left the game after the first inning and Jack Van Camp threw the next four innings and left after the sixth inning with a 5-4 lead. The Governors, who trailed 2-1 after four innings struck for four runs and gave the Govs a 5-2 lead. But in the top of the seventh, a couple of walks and wild pitches from Garrett Stout and Josh Rowse allowed the Kernels to score three times and lead 7-5 which was the final tally in the game.
Both team struggled to hit in the two games as neither team was able to get more than five hits. But the split gives the Govs a 6-2 record after the Easter break while Mitchell moves to 9-3. Friday afternoon, the Governors will travel to Brookings for a doubleheader taking on Brookings at 3:00 followed by Watertown at 5:00. You can hear both games on Today’s KCCR and todayskccr.com with Jon Winkler on the calls.