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Kernels 10-run Howard Lake to set up rematch for 12C championship

HUTCHINSON – The Cokato Kernels, after losing to Hutchinson 6-5 in the MBA Region 12C winners bracket Friday, faced the winner of the losers’ bracket game between Howard Lake and Maple Lake Saturday afternoon. [All Region 12C games were held at Hutchinson]

The Orphans and the Lakers battled to 14 innings, before Howard Lake scored a 3-2 victory.

Howard Lake’s victory meant they would face Cokato 30 minutes later.

The Kernels jumped out to an 8-0 lead with four runs in the first, and four runs in the second, en route to a 13-1, seven-inning victory.

Cokato veteran pitcher Tanner Terning went the distance, giving up just one run in seven innings.

The Kernels’ victory sets up a rematch of Friday’s contest between Cokato and Hutchinson for the Region 12C championship, to be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hutchinson.

The winner of that game will receive the #1 seed from the Region, a first-round bye, and the first pick in the region pitcher draft.

Kernels rally falls just short against Hutchinson in Region 12C

HUTCHINSON – The Cokato Kernels faced the Hutchinson Huskies in the winners’ bracket of the Region 12C playoffs Friday.

The Huskies, who hosted all Region 12C games, took a 5-0 lead through the first four innings.

Cokato scored a run in the fifth to to pull to within 5-1. With their backs against the wall in the top of the ninth, the Kernels scored four runs to tie the game at 5-5.

However, Hutchinson walked off in the bottom of the ninth with a run to score a 6-5 victory.

 

After 10 years, Kernels make first state tournament; Corbin’s thoughts

HUTCHINSON – With a base hit by Austin Kantola that drove in Isaac Nelson and Billy Aho, the Cokato Kernels defeated Loretto 11-1 in eight innings, cementing their first state appearance in 10 years.

The Cokato Kernels were born in 2010. They did not make the state tournament in any one of their first nine seasons.

It is, however, the third  state tournament appearance for teams named Cokato. Cokato advanced to the state tournament twice: in 1933, and 1935.

Kernels manager Nick Corbin said the win over Loretto was an exciting day for everyone involved.

“I felt like last year we turned a corner, and we’ve turned into a consistently good team. We didn’t get as far as I thought we were capable of [last year], but the guys came back motivated and it’s paying off,” Corbin said.

Corbin said he was especially happy for his veterans – Bill Aho, Tanner Terning, Barney [Adam Barnaal], and Eric and Vinne Pokornowski.

“These guys helped get the Cokato team going in 2010 and are the core of our team. They have been great leaders for our young talent,” Corbin said. “It was fitting that Vinne got to pitch this game. He has worked so hard and been so consistent for us. I’m very happy for him.

“Also, if he would have pitched poorly, I would have had to trade him to Montrose,” Corbin quipped.

In his postgame comments to the team following the game against Loretto, Corbin told the players that if they continue to play the way they have been playing, there is no reason why the team could not contend for a deep playoff push, or even a state championship. He noted that in 2017, the Kernels defeated the eventual state champions Kimball Express, but Kimball just put everything together during their championship run.

“Now we get to reset our goals a little higher and try to win the region tournament, and then set our sights on some state tournament wins,” Corbin said.

The Region 12C tournament continues this weekend at Hutchinson, with the top-four finishers advancing to the state tournament. By winning their first two games, the Kernels are guaranteed no less than a #3 seed from the region.

However, Cokato will continue to strive for the #1 seed as the region tournament continues (The region champion receives a bye in the first weekend of the state tournament).

The Kernels will face #2 seed Hutchinson tonight (Friday) at Hutch (all region games are at Veterans Memorial Field).

If the Kernels win that game, they will play for the championship at 1 p.m. Sunday.

If they lose the game against Hutch Friday, they will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the chance to play for the championship if they win that game.

Check out northstarleague.org for up-to-date information, or the ED Sports blog at HJBlogs.com.

Kernels advance to first state tournament

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HUTCHINSON – The Cokato Kernels have advanced to their first Class C state tournament after winning their first two games of the Region 12C playoffs Friday and Saturday.

Cokato downed Buffalo 8-2 behind a seven-run seventh inning and a masterful performance by Steve Schmitt in the opening game of the tournament.

The Kernels then faced Loretto in the second round. The Larks had come off a stunning 5-3 upset of Delano in the very first game of the tourney Wednesday.

Cokato jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and ended the game with six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 11-1. Vinne Pokornowski was the winner on the mound.

Four teams from Region 12C make the state tournament. The two wins guaranteed Cokato at least a #3 seed or better.

Look for more information soon, or check out a full recap in Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.

Kernels defeat Buffalo 8-2 in first round of Region 12C playoffs

HUTCHINSON – Trailing 2-1 through six innings, the Cokato Kernels scored seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to take an 8-2 lead over Buffalo, and starting pitcher Steve Schmitt held the Bulldogs off the board to propel the Kernels to victory.

The Kernels will now face Loretto Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hutchinson. The #8 Larks scored a huge upset win over top-seeded Delano Wednesday in the first game of the tournament, 5-3.

If Cokato wins, they will assure themselves a top-4 finish in the Region 12C tournament, and secure their first-ever state tournament appearance.

TOWN TEAM: Region 12C baseball schedule

Regionals at Hutchinson
Wednesday July 31
#8 Loretto:vs #1 Delano 7:30

Thursday Aug 1
#7 Maple Plain vs #2 Hutchinson 7:30

Friday Aug 2
#5 Cokato vs #4 Buffalo 6:00
#6 Maple Lake vs #3 Howrd Lake 8:30