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Post 18 shuts out Brandon Valley 5-0

Catcher Mike Sadler, Legion Post 18, catches a foul ball for an out Tuesday against Brandon Valley at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Mitchell Legion coach Luke Norden saw his team put up a top performance Tuesday as Post 18 shut out Brandon Valley 5-0 in a nine-inning contest at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The team put together a complete effort from coming up with big plays in the field to strong at-bats.

"This was by far the best home game we've played all year in spring or in Legion ball," said Norden, whose team is 3-4 when playing at Cadwell Park during the Legion season. "I don't remember the last time we threw a nine-inning shutout. That's pretty good."

Post 18 counted on starting pitcher Kanin Nelson and relief pitcher Derek Miller. Nelson threw the first five innings, while Miller finished out the final four, striking out three.

"Both of our pitchers did a great job," said Norden, whose team held Brandon Valley to just four hits. "We held a good lineup to very few hits."

Mitchell's defense came up with big plays several times throughout the game, getting out of innings where Brandon Valley had chances to score. In the third, the opposing team had runners on first and second with no outs. Mitchell strung together back-to-back-to-back outs, capped by a long throw by shortstop Landon Neugebauer to first baseman Dylanger Pierson to get out of the inning.

"We had big defensive plays by Landon in the hole with a strong throw across to end the inning for us," Norden said.

Post 18 recorded 11 hits in the win and scored a run in both the second and third innings and pulled away in the fifth with three runs.

"We really had our effort there tonight," said Mitchell second baseman Spencer Neugebauer, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored. "We really put together some runs when we needed them."

Jed Schmidt went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Landon Neugebauer went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Michael Sadler went 2-for-4, while Nelson finished 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Mitchell rebounded Tuesday after suffering a 7-1 loss Sunday, and Norden was happy with the way his team bounced back.

"We had a hard time turning the page and letting go of things in the spring, but we did a great job of that tonight," he said.

Norden's squad plays in its third tournament of the summer this weekend. Post 18 heads north to play in the Fargo/Moorhead tournament Friday in Fargo, N.D.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.