Mitchell Post 18 picks up fifth straight win
It was more of the same winning formula for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team on Monday.
Strong starting pitching, quality at-bats, timely hitting and efficient defense led Mitchell to its fifth-straight with a 10-1 victory over Gillette (Wy.) at Cadwell Park.
Jed Schmidt set the tone for the game for Post 18, holding Gillette to one unearned run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings pitched.
Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said Schmidt bounced back from one of his worst outings of the season at the Omaha tournament more than a week ago.
"It was nice to see him come out and have a good presence and demeanor on the mound," Norden said. "He attacked the strike zone."
After a scoreless first inning, Post 18 broke the game open with a six-run second inning. The scoring started with a bases loaded walk by Bryce Geraets which scored Drew Kitchens, who led off the inning with a single. Elijah Pommer drew another bases loaded walk before a Briggs Havlik single scored two runs and made the score 4-0. Schmidt added a two-run single to make it 6-0.
"We just kept stacking quality at-bats and we didn't take any at-bats off," Norden said. "Guys are understanding more and more if we are going to swing in certain counts, we better rip the ball. We have to keep working hard on different counts and what we have to do."
Mitchell added four more runs in the bottom of the third inning and the game remained 10-0 until the top of the seventh inning when Gillette scored on a fielder's choice and a Post 18 error. Koby Larson and Kitchens each tossed a scoreless inning of relief pitching.
"Everyone had good approaches at the plate and got after it," Kitchens said. "Our pitchers are throwing strikes and that helps the defense out and the defense is helping them out. It's all working together right now."
Schmidt finished the game 2-for-5 with a double, two steals and four RBIs, while Geraets added a hit and two RBIs. Post 18 recorded 11 hits, committed one error and left 12 runners on base.
"We have guys that have gotten a lot more at-bats and at-bats in certain situations," Norden said. "It's been fun to see some of the confidence guys have gotten in games. We've changed the order a little bit to try and find the best puzzle pieces that fit together for the end of the year."
Gillette finished with four hits, three errors and five runners left on base.
Mitchell (11-9) hosts Yankton for a nine-inning game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Cadwell Park.