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There was no shortage of hits for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team on Wednesday. Post 18 pounded out 19 hits and used a big seventh inning to power past Sioux Falls West 11-2 at Cadwell Park. Ten different Mitchell players recorded at least one hit, while six players had multi-hit games. Jed Schmidt led the way at the plate, recording four hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Baley Miller added three hits and an RBI, while Elijah Pommer, Briggs Havlik, Spencer Neugebauer and Sam Michels each finished with two hits.
Seemingly every small town has one. The sign planted at the major four-way stop in the downtown district that says "Baseball game 2 p.m." These signs are the heartbeat of not just sporting events, but so many small-town events — church luncheon, election, school board meeting — in these parts of South Dakota. They inform out-of-towners what's going on, but also keep the locals informed as well. Simple and effective.
Kiel Nelson's summer to this point has been full of football. The Mitchell High School junior quarterback capped off a string of six different football camps on Tuesday at the final day of Dakota Wesleyan University's team camp. So far this summer, Nelson had participated in various camps at Iowa State University, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, DWU and a team camp in Madison. At the NDSU individual camp, which concluded on Sunday, Nelson was named one of the camp's top-eight quarterbacks.
Call them unsung plays. When a baseball is hit hard on the ground, sometimes the ball bounces routine, other times the ball will take odd bounces. Either way, players, especially infielders, are preached to keep the baseball in front of them by any means necessary. In some cases, it can be a painful process, but as Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball players understand and often demonstrate the importance of keeping the ball from getting past them.
MOUNT VERNON—There's been a new face behind the plate for the Mount Vernon amateur baseball team this season. Zac Custer, a former Dakota Wesleyan University baseball player who had stints with the Sioux Falls Canaries and in the Northwoods League, is leading the Mustangs at the plate and in the field.
It didn't take long for Sam Michels and the Post 18 Legion baseball team to get going on Wednesday. In the bottom of the first inning, Michels roped a two-out, three-run double that ignited the Mitchell offense. The University of Sioux Falls signee followed that up with another three-run double to the gap in the bottom of the second inning and finished the game 3-for-3 with three doubles, six RBIs and two runs scored to power Post 18 past Yankton 21-5 in five innings at Cadwell Park.
It hasn't taken long for Jessica Mieras to adjust to the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. While she's still months away from making her debut on the court as a Tiger, it hasn't stopped Mieras from being around the team for numerous camps and workouts this offseason. Since transferring from South Dakota State to DWU on April 12, Mieras said she's already convinced she's made a great choice in joining the Tigers.
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.
The month of June has been friendly to the Dakota Bulldogs. After starting its inaugural season with four straight losses, the Mitchell amateur football team has put together back-to-back wins this month. The team won its first game 44-38 over the Tri-State Buffalos on June 3 and followed that up with a 22-16 win over Watertown on Saturday. "Everyone is coming together as a team now," said Shaun Davis, a co-owner of the team. "It took us a few games to get into a rhythm. Our goal is to finish .500 and we are on pace to do that."
The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team spent a lot of Friday's doubleheader against Winner/Colome in the dugout. That's because Post 18 were racking up the hits and scoring runs. Mitchell scored in every inning except two to earn a doubleheader sweep 10-0 (five innings) and 15-2 (five innings) at Cadwell Park. "I was really happy with the two-out runs we scored tonight," Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said. "We weren't trying to force things too much."