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Post 18 season ends in 2-0 loss to Brandon

Jed Schmidt (left) and Derek Miller (right) recover a ball hit to right-center Wednesday at the Region 2A Legion baseball tournament at Yankton's Riverside Field. (Adrienne Kusek/Yankton Press & Dakotan)

YANKTON -- For the second night in a row, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team failed to score a run in the Region 2A Legion baseball tournament in Yankton. The No. 4 Mitchell team only managed three hits and ended its season with a 2-0 loss to No. 3 Brandon Valley Wednesday.

Coach Luke Norden said the team once again played strong defensively, but could not get anything going at the plate when it mattered.

"We pitched and played defense well enough to win all three games, including tonight," said Norden, who added Mitchell didn't get a base runner for three straight innings against Brandon Valley. "There were too many innings where we didn't give ourselves a chance. It was just uncharacteristic of us."

Matt Larson took the loss on the mound for Mitchell as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, off five hits and striking out three.

Norden said Larson pitched a strong enough game for Post 18 to be able to pull out a victory on most nights, but the support wasn't there offensively Wednesday.

"He threw really well," Norden said. "He didn't allow a hit until the third inning and we can't expect much more than what our pitchers and defense gave us in these three games."

Tyler Houwman came in for relief for the seventh and eighth innings.

Mitchell had a chance to score early in the first as Jed Schmidt made it to third, but was left stranded after Mitchell failed to produce a two-out hit. Post 18 threatened again in the third inning with Jacob Cersosimo making it to third with only one out, but Mitchell failed to put the ball in play in order to score Cersosimo.

"We missed on an opportunity there," Norden said.

Spencer Neugebauer and Landon Neugebauer both led Mitchell with one hit each.

The loss marked the end of a long season for Post 18 as it finished the year with an overall record of 25-17, and Norden said the team improved throughout the year.

"With losing as many seniors as we did last year and having some shoes to fill, we weren't quite sure what our expectations were going into the season," Norden said. "I think overall, as a team, we got a lot better as the season moved on. Our offensive output didn't show, but we got some individuals that got a lot better this year."