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Mitchell Post 18 has struggled with stringing together wins this season in doubleheaders. But today, Mitchell will be tested in a new light by playing in its first tournament this season.
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Luke Norden wants his players to have a short memory. Tuesday during a Legion baseball game, Mitchell Post 18 struggled offensively and in the field, falling 13-6 to Yankton at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Mitchell got out to an early 4-0 lead after the first inning but fielding errors and leaving runners on base led to the loss. "We allow little things in the game to affect us way too much for a nine inning baseball game," Norden said. "We've got to do a better job at separating offense and defense and leaving that stuff in the dugout.
GANN VALLEY -- After 22 years of playing golf, David Gaulke experienced a first Monday. Gaulke, a Gann Valley native, won a chipping contest at the Pink-on-the-Green Celebrity Golf Tournament in Columbia, S.C. He beat 80 people by chipping the ball seven inches from the hole, earning him an opportunity to win $10,000 with a 35-yard chip. Gaulke made the chip shot and capped it off with a fist pump. "I've never won anything like that before," said Gaulke, who is a one handicap. "When I chipped it, I thought it looked pretty good but going in the hole is another thing.
Hundreds of boys gather at the baseball diamonds around Mitchell every summer, working hard to make the double-play or hit one out of the park. This summer is no different as the sport has remained popular in the Mitchell area. The amount of kids playing baseball has been consistent in the community, but more playing time has been granted for players at the teener levels. This year, there are 35 kids playing teener baseball, or 14-and-under, for the Mitchell Baseball Association.
For the fourth time this season, Mitchell has split a doubleheader. Post 18 had a seven-run inning and road the arm of Jed Schmidt to win the opening game of a doubleheader 9-2 over Brookings Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. But Post 18 (6-4) struggled in the second game like it has throughout the Legion baseball season, losing 8-1. "We just can't get over a mental block of the second game of a doubleheader," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We just don't play nearly as well as we do in the first game.
In the past, Brandon Sigmund and Jeff Meyerink have missed out on the South Dakota Golf Association Two-Man Championship title, but the pair pulled through over the weekend. The Mitchell golfers won their first two-man title Sunday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. "It's a big tournament and we've been in there a couple times coming down the stretch but never could finish it off," Meyerink said.
The crowd applauded Don McLean at the state high school track and field meet May 31 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. This is just one memory the Mitchell resident has collected during his career as an official for high school sports. "I was actually shocked at the importance of the award," said McLean, who received the National Federation Officials Association Official of the Year award on the final day of the state meet. "I was really overcome by it. It is really something to receive an honor like that.