Strong Start by Nichols Leads Kernels to 2-1 Victory

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By James Steward

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Masterful pitching from Heath Nichols and a pair of RBIs by David Harris guided the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 2-1 win against the Clinton Lumberkings Wednesday afternoon at Perfect Game Field.

Nichols (2-4) had his best performance on the mound this season, striking out eight Clinton batters and allowing zero runs on five hits over seven innings of work.

Offensively, the Kernels managed only five hits of their own, but it was enough to pick up the victory.

Cedar Rapids got the scoring started right from the get-go in the first inning. Centerfielder Travis Witherspoon tripled to lead off the game and David Harris drove Witherspoon in on an RBI groundout to second.

Harris added to the Kernels lead in the sixth inning when he blasted a solo home run over the right field fence to give Cedar Rapids a 2-0 lead. The Kernels rightfielder leads the team with five home runs and 25 RBIs this season.

Clinton starting pitcher Forrest Snow (1-7) pitched well, but picked up his seventh loss of the season. He pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out seven.

The Kernels turned it over to the bullpen in the eighth inning, giving the ball to reliever Dakota Robinson.

Robinson made the game interesting, allowing a solo home run to Lumberkings outfielder Kalian Sams in the ninth to cut the lead to one run. But Robinson shut the door, striking out two hitters over two innings en route to earning his fifth save of the 2011 campaign.

Morgan Hawk brings you the action on the radio home of Kernels baseball, 1450 KMRY AM. Fans may also listen online at www.kmryradio.com or www.kernels.com.

Tickets are available online at www.kernels.com or by calling the Kernels Ticket Office at 896-7560. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Kernels conclude the series with Clinton on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. It's a 100.7 The Fox Thirsty Thursday. Bottled soda and water is just $2 and 12 oz. draft beer is just $1.50. The Kernels continue the home stand through Monday, May 30.

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