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Mitchell's Brett Young and Kendall Patrick were named to the 2009 American Legion baseball all-state team. Helping Post 18 to a third-place finish at the state tournament last week, Young pitched his team to two victories in two starts, but he made the all-state team as a third baseman. The senior, who's headed to South Dakota State University next season, had a .395 batting average with 19 doubles, four homers and 75 RBIs. He went 10-for-21 at the state tournament with two homers, including a grand slam against Rapid City Post 320, and 12 RBIs.
Post 18 is the second-best baseball team in the state. There's absolutely no doubt about it. Sure, coach Luke Norden's squad didn't make the state championship game, but according to nearly everyone in Fitzgerald stadium -- everyone except Post 320 fans -- the qualifying game Sunday was the real state championship. Unfortunately, the sixth time wasn't the charm for Mitchell, which lost to Post 22 12-2 on the final day of the state tournament. Hopefully that loss isn't the memory the non-returning seniors have from the 2009 season.
RAPID CITY -- Rapid City Post 22's Kolton Emery struck out every one of Mitchell's starters at least once, helping his team end Mitchell's season on its way to Post 22's 36th state Legion championship. Mitchell fell to Post 22 Sunday at the Class A state Legion tournament 12-2 in seven innings in a qualifying game for the right to play Rapid City Post 320. Post 22 then defeated Post 320 6-2. Emery struck out 15 batters against Mitchell, including striking out the side in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
RAPID CITY -- Even though Vermillion cruised through the Class B tournament last week in Platte, Post 1 showed exactly how competitive it was in Class A. Mitchell dominated Vermillion 16-2 in its first-round game, and then in an elimination game in the first-round of the loser's bracket, Vermillion lost to offensive-powerhouse Sioux Falls West, 18-2. Ouch. Not the showing the best Class B baseball team in the state hoped to have. The last four Class B champions are a combined 1-7 in the Class A Legion tournament.
RAPID CITY - Mitchell set a new Class A state Legion tournament record with runs scored in a game Saturday, downing Rapid City Post 320, 34-5, in seven innings to set up a rematch with Rapid City Post 22 today. Post 22 defeated Watertown earlier Saturday in an elimination game, and the winner of the Mitchell versus Post 22 game will play Post 320 for the state championship at 7 p.m. MDT (8 CDT). Mitchell's offense was led by Brett Young, who hit a grand slam, got on base six out of his seven at-bats and finished the night with eight RBIs. Young also started the game for Post 18.
RAPID CITY -- Jordan Piper gave up two long home runs, 14 hits and seven runs, but pitched all nine innings while Mitchell's offense put up enough runs to give him the complete-game win. Post 18 defeated Brookings 11-7 in an elimination game Friday at the Class A state Legion baseball tournament at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City. "It was judgment day part one today, so we were ready to go," Mitchell third baseman Alex Loes said.
RAPID CITY -- One day after 10-run ruling its first opponent of the Class A state Legion tournament, Mitchell had the same pain inflicted on it. Post 18 - which had five errors in the game -- was handed its first loss in the double-elimination tournament from Rapid City Post 22 Thursday night at Fitzgerald Stadium 14-2. The loss was Mitchell's fifth loss to Post 22 this season. "Same story against these guys all year," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.
The state VFW 13/14 AA baseball tournament will be held over the weekend at Cadwell Park and Drake Field. Thirteen teams from around the state -- including the Mitchell Teener White team -- will be in attendance to play in the three-day tournament. To get in the tournament, there were no previous criteria, as any team that wanted to enter will be playing. Mitchell is up against Brookings Gray, a team it hasn't seen before, in its first-round game at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cadwell.
It will be an unfamiliar crowd for Mitchell at the Class A state Legion tournament. Unlike a season ago when Post 18 had seen six of the seven teams, the team has seen only three of the teams that qualified for the eight-team tournament this year. One of the unknown teams is Vermillion, which is the team Post 18 is matched up against today at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City. The two teams are the second game of the day and will start at 1 p.m. MDT (2 p.m. CDT).
Mitchell pitchers watched the team's offense put up 62 runs over the course of the regional tournament. The staff's 43 runs allowed wasn't exactly the support the all right-handed group wanted to reciprocate with, especially since starters Cade Hearnen and Alex Loes gave up a combined five runs in two complete games. The state tournament starts Wednesday in Rapid City, and even though the turnaround from regions is short, Post 18 pitchers are hoping the change in results is huge. "It's a good thing we've got four or five pitchers," Post 18 ace Brett Young said.