Kernels stay in playoff race with win over Wisconsin

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Kernels are clicking at the right time as they try to claim the final playoff spot for the first half of the season.

On Wednesday, they defeated Wisconsin, 4-3. The Timber Rattlers grabbed the early lead in the top of the second when Kirkwood graduate Korry Howell hit a two-run double off the right field wall. The Kernels quickly responded in the bottom half when Gabriel Maciel hit a two-run double to left field.

Both teams traded runs in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Andrew Bechtold broke the tie with a solo home run to right, his fifth of the season.

The Kernels still sit a game behind Burlington for the final playoff spot in the Western Division.