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Post 18 sweeps doubleheader against Sheridan

Post 18's Calvin Hegg fires over to first base for the double play getting the out on Sheridan Post 7's Cody Kilpatrick during the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mitchell Post 18 returned to Cadwell Field on Wednesday and swept a doubleheader against the Sheridan Troopers (Wyoming). Once the rain stopped, Post 18 won the first game, 8-5, and capped the doubleheader with a 3-0 win at night.

"(The weather) was awesome," Luke Norden said. "We didn't get to hit on the field before the game, so I think some guys were kind of bummed about that."

Even without batting practice prior to the first game, Post 18 outhit Sheridan 11-10, including five hits in a four-run fourth. The inning was highlighted by Jackson Sadler's two-RBI double.

Post 18 also scored two runs in the second and two more in the fifth.

At the plate, Austin Kerr went a perfect 3-for-3, while Koby Larson went 2-for-3 and Calvin Hegg drove in four runs during his 2-for-2 day. Sadler, Sam Michels, Brady Hawkins and Peyton Nash each had a hit.

"We've been talking a lot about making sure we execute with guys in scoring position, or guys on third with less than two outs and getting guys in," Norden said. "Moving guys from second to third with no outs. Just little stuff."

Drew Kitchens earned the win. Kitchens allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks over five innings. Hawkins allowed an unearned run in an inning of relief.

Post 18 didn't need as much offense in the second game as Nash and Kerr held Sheridan to one hit.

Nash struck out four batters in four innings, and Kerr had a strikeout during three shutout innings.

"Seemed like Peyton (Nash) started out really well, and then he ended up throwing quite a few balls towards those last two innings," Norden said. "The first two innings were great pounding the strike zone. Both of our guys used their off-speeds really effectively."

Post 18's offense started early with back-to-back hits from Hawkins and Jared Miller producing two runs in the first. Michels singled in Post 18's other run in the fourth inning.

Kitchens, Michels, Hawkins, Miller and Larson each had a hit.

Post 18 (9-10) plays in a 5 p.m. doubleheader at Sioux Falls East today.

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