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Post 18 splits with Vermillion

Mitchell Post 18 shortstop Landon Neugebauer looks to turn the double play in the first inning during the first game of a doubleheader with Vermillion Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Matt Larson has been consistent for the Mitchell Legion baseball team.

Wednesday, he led Post 18 to a 10-5 win in the first game of a doubleheader with Vermillion at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Post 18 (4-2) dropped the second game 8-4.

Larson was the winning pitcher for Mitchell, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings. He recorded five strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

"He does a really good job of staying in the strike zone," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "He's probably our most patient hitter as far as understanding the strike zone and his role of getting on base. When he has opportunities to drive runs in, he's as patient as he is when there's nobody on base."

Other players who played roles in the Post 18's 10-run outing were Jed Schmidt and Dylanger Pierson. Schmidt was 3-for-4 with an RBI double and Pierson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double. Derek Miller was 2-for-4 with a double and Spencer Neugebauer added a two-RBI single.

In the second game, Kanin Nelson suffered the loss on the mound. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on four hits, walked five and struck out two.

Wednesday marked the first time Nelson took the mound for Post 18 and two others who have seen limited pitches -- Bryce Erickson and Landon Neugebauer -- also threw in the doubleheader.

"All of our guys threw well tonight," Norden said. "It's good to get some guys some innings."

Regular pitcher, Tyler Houwman, was absent from the doubleheader due to being selected to represent Mitchell High School at boys state in Aberdeen.

In the loss, Larson was 1-for-3, Pierson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Miller was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a triple. Landon Neugebauer was 2-for-3 with a triple.

Post 18 travels to play a doubleheader with Watertown Friday at 5 p.m., before hosting a doubleheader against Brookings Saturday at Cadwell Park.