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Post 18 wins two at Eagan tournament

EAGAN, Minn. — The Mitchell Legion baseball team won two games in pool play on the first day of a tournament Friday in Eagan, Minn.

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“We came in focused and it was good to be able to finish off a doubleheader,” Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. “It showed that hard work pays off after being at the park for more than seven hours.”

Post 18 topped Rochester (Minn.) in the first game 15-2, winning in five innings. Derek Miller got the win for Mitchell, going all five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out six.

Jed Schmidt finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Dylanger Pierson added two hits and five RBIs for Post 18. Landon Neugebauer was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Spencer Neugebauer added two hits and an RBI, while Michael Sadler was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Mitchell totaled 13 hits as a team and committed one error against Rochester.

The second game went into extra innings after Inver Grove Heights (Minn.) tied the score in the fifth before Mitchell won 7-4 in the ninth inning. Sadler drove in three runs with a double in the ninth inning to give Post 18 its second win of the day.

“Sadler had some really nice swings in both games,” Norden said. “In that ninth inning, he took a first pitch and laced it into the gap. It was nice to see him go up there ready to swing.”

Schmidt started for Mitchell on the mound against Inver Grove Heights, pitching the first five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. Pierson came in to relieve Schmidt in the sixth inning and did not allow a run through four innings.

“Dylanger came in and pitched really well and just pounded the strike zone,” Norden said. “We played really good defense all day.”

Matt Larson, Miller, Pierson and Sadler each had two hits in the win, with Pierson adding a solo home run.

“I thought we ran the bases as well as we have all year,” Norden said. “We took a bunch of extra bags and were really aggressive.”

Post 18 plays Excelsior (Minn.) at 11 a.m. today, before a matchup with East Ridge (Minn.) at 2 p.m. to round out pool play.