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Pierson homers, Mitchell falls 6-5 in lone game Sunday

EAGAN, Minn. — The Mitchell Legion baseball team had momentum on its side heading into the second day of the Eagan Tournament, but rain forced the cancellation of all games Saturday.

Post 18 was able to get one game in Sunday after another delay pushed the start of the contest back two hours. Mitchell fell to Excelsior (Minn.) 6-5 as Post 18 gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the loss. Mitchell won its first two games of the tournament Friday.

“I thought we played the best baseball we have all year on Friday,” Post 18 coach Luke Norden. “(Against Excelsior) we gave them a four-run cushion before we even got into the game. We played decent after that. If we had started that game better, we probably would have gone 3-0 in the tournament.”

Mitchell, which trailed 4-0 early, took its first lead in the top of the seventh inning. Dylanger Pierson put Post 18 up 5-4 with a two-run home run. Excelsior answered with a pair of runs in its final at bat to pick up the win.

“I was happy with how we slowly worked ourselves back into the game,” Norden said. “We won an extra-inning game Friday and we are playing better in those close games.”

Michael Sadler started on the mound for Post 18. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out three.

Pierson finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Landon Neugebauer, Tyler Houwman and Kanin Nelson each added a hit and an RBI.

“After sitting around (Saturday) and having to wait another two hours (Sunday), I was glad that halfway through the game we woke up,” Norden said. “I just wish it was at the start of the game.”

Mitchell (9-6) plays Sioux Falls West at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Sioux Falls.