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Kernels bats heat up on a cold night against Wisconsin

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Despite not so perfect weather at Perfect Game Field, the Kernels bats heated up for 11 runs on 15 hits to down the Timber Rattlers 11-4.

The scoring for the Kernels started in the bottom of the first when Wes Hatton hit an RBI triple, scoring Drew Heid.  Travis Witherspoon then hit an RBI single, scoring Hatton.  David Harris scored later in the inning to make it 3-0 Kernels.

Witherspoon continued the scoring in the second inning, belting a solo home run to make it 4-0.

The Timber Rattlers battled back in the third, when Cody Hawn hit a two-run single, cutting the Kernels lead in half.

Then in the fifth, Kernels pitcher Erik Gregersen threw a wild pitch allowing Mike Walker to score, cutting the Kernels lead to only one.

Wisconsin then tied the game in the sixth when T.J. Mittelstaedt scored on a Carlos George single.

The Kernels retook the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Witherspoon and Mitch Blackburn scored on a two run double by Drew Heid, making the score 6-4 Kernels.

Cedar Rapids added five more in the seventh inning, securing the victory. Carlos Ramirez scored on a single by Steven Irvine making it 7-4. Then, an error by Wisconsin second baseman Nick Shaw on a ball hit by Heid allowed Irvin to score, making it 8-4.  Hatton then hit a two-run single scoring Blackburn and Jesus Campos making it 10-4 Kernels.  The final run came in that inning when Carlos Ramirez drew a bases loaded walk. Kernels win 11-4, splitting the four-game series with Wisconsin.

Wisconsin starting pitcher Jimmy Harris only lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits. Justin La Tempa got the start for the Kernels. He went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking four. Daniel Tillman picked up his first win for the Kernels, pitching four innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out seven and walked three.  Erik Gregersen pitched one inning for the Kernels, allowing no earned runs on one hit. He struck out one and walked one.

The Kernels travel to Beloit for a three game series, beginning Friday night. You can listen to that game on 1450 KMRY AM or online at www.kernels.com or www.kmryradio.com.

The Kernels return home on April 21 at 6:35 to take on the Quad Cities.

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