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Smittys fall to Mitchell, Yankton

Nick Clemens, of the Aberdeen Smittys, connects with a pitch during Tuesday night’s game against the Bismarck Governors at Fossum Field. Clemens had two hits and drove in a pair against Yankton, and also had a hit against Mitchell in games in Mitchell on Friday. Photo by John Davis taken 6/22/2021

MITCHELL – The fourth and fifth innings doomed the Aberdeen Smittys in a pair of American Legion baseball losses on Friday. The Smittys gave up three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth in both contests, losing to Mitchell 8-1 and Yankton 6-3.

Aberdeen trailed 3-1 against Mitchell before the hosts broke the game open with those five runs in the fourth and fifth. Seth Muth and Jonah Schmidt each drove in runs in the fourth and finished with two hits in the contest. Carson Fahey also had a pair of hits.

Meanwhile, Landon Waddell struck out seven batters in going the distance for Mitchell, allowing four singles, one each to Nick Clemens, Tyler Hoffman, Brock Martin and Brian Holmstrom.

The Smittys and Yankton were tied at 1-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth before Yankton scored three times in the third and twice in the fourth. Joe Gokie, who had two hits and knocked in three, delivered a two-run single in the fourth. A total of seven different Yankton players had hits in the game. Yankton also took advantage of seven walks.

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Drew Ryken went the distance on the mound, striking out seven and did not allow a walk.

Clemens had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair for the Smittys. Aiden McCafferty also had two hits, including a double.

Aberdeen Smittys 100 000 0 – 1 4 4

Mitchell 201 320 x – 8 6 0

Nick Clemens, Max Prehn (6) and Prehn, Holmstrom (6); Landon Waddell and Riley McGinnis.

Aberdeen Smittys 000 100 2 – 3 5 1

Yankton 100 320 x – 6 8 1

Tyler Hoffman, Brock Martin (5), Max Prehn (6) and Brian Holmstrom; Drew Ryken and McCorkle. 2B – Aberdeen Smittys, Nick Clemens, Aiden McCafferty; Yankton, Drew Ryken, M. Ryken.

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