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Post 18 wins one against Brookings

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt bunts the ball during the second game of a doubleheader against Brookings Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Post 18 won the first game 9-2 and lost the second 8-1. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

For the fourth time this season, Mitchell has split a doubleheader.

Post 18 had a seven-run inning and road the arm of Jed Schmidt to win the opening game of a doubleheader 9-2 over Brookings Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. But Post 18 (6-4) struggled in the second game like it has throughout the Legion baseball season, losing 8-1.

"We just can't get over a mental block of the second game of a doubleheader," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We just don't play nearly as well as we do in the first game. The last few times, we've given ourselves a chance to score in the first inning of the second game, but we haven't gotten that big hit to get us in the lead,"

In the third inning of the opening game, Mitchell recorded six hits before an out was recorded. Mitchell scored seven runs in the inning and scored two more runs in the fifth. Post 18 had 12 hits and six walks in the contest and only suffered two strikeouts.

"Once two or three people get hits, it passes on to everyone," said infielder Dylanger Pierson, who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks in the first game. "I was very happy with our play in the first game and it was a good win against a good Brookings team."

Matt Larson was 3-for-5 and Derek Miller was 2-for-4 for Mitchell. Schmidt, Landon Neugebauer, Spencer Neugebauer, Kanin Nelson and Jacob Cersosimo each recorded a hit in the win.

Schmidt took control of the game after Mitchell's big offensive outing, finishing with seven strikeouts and earning the win. Carter Star threw the final scoreless inning.

"He throws a really good fastball, hits his spots and has really started to come on with his offspeed stuff," Norden said of Schmidt. "He's worked really hard on his offspeed pitches to help him out, which makes his fastball that much more effective."

In the second game, Post 18 only managed four hits, suffered nine strikeouts and committed two errors in the first three innings.

Schmidt and Nelson each had a hit and Miller finished 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

Ben Miller suffered the loss, striking out one and walking four in 2 1/3 innings. Cersosimo threw in relief, striking out one in 3 1/3 innings, and Spencer Neugebauer threw a scoreless seventh inning for Mitchell.

Mitchell hosts Yankton in a nine-inning game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

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