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When the ball is hit to the outfield, Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team hasn't had to worry much this season. The three primary outfielders—Spencer Neugebauer in left field, Jed Schmidt in center field and Carson Max in right field—has provided the team with a big advantage, with all three players boasting big arms and speed to burn. The defensive outfield play is an advantage for Mitchell heading into the Class A state Legion baseball tournament in Rapid City. Post 18 opens play at 2 p.m. today against Renner at Fitzgerald Stadium.
WINNER — A mid-count pitching change. Or two changes in an inning. A starter being pulled with an eight-run lead in the second inning. If you've watched postseason American Legion baseball in the last two weeks, those have been the types of actions taken by managers and coaches as they delicately try to balance a desire to win and advance in the postseason with a new pitch-count rule that outlines how many pitches a pitcher can throw and the necessary number of days rest.
It's been a goal for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team to return to the Class A state tournament for a while now. Now that Mitchell's ticket to Rapid City has been punched for the first time since 2013, the expectation is to make it a long stay. That begins Wednesday when Mitchell (26-18) takes on Renner Post 307 (34-11) in the opening round at 2 p.m. Central at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City.
WINNER—On its third day at the Class B state Legion tournament, the McCook/Miner baseball team didn't wait around to score any runs. M/M, facing elimination for a second game in a row, scored five times in the first inning and took down Dell Rapids 8-4 Sunday at Leahy Bowl in Winner. The team, now 28-7, will be one of the last four remaining in the tournament on Monday, with the exact time and matchup to be determined by Sunday's games. "We scored early and that changed the game in our favor," M/M coach Marshall Miller.
WINNER -- If there was an opportunity on Saturday night, Spearfish Post 164 took it. Spearfish had 10 runs and 12 hits in a winner’s bracket contest as they took down Winner/Colome Post 169 10-0 in six innings at Leahy Bowl.
WINNER -- Platte/Geddes took a tough loss Friday night in the opening game of the Class B state Legion baseball tournament. Fortunately for P/G, it didn't carry over to Saturday morning. Posts 115/56 scored seven times in the first two innings and staked its pitchers to an early lead cruising to a 12-4 victory over Groton in an elimination game at Leahy Bowl in Winner.
In the back-and-forth game that was the Region 3A Legion baseball championship contest Friday at Cadwell Park, Mitchell Post 18 had the first word. But it was Pierre Post 8 that had the last laugh, scoring five times in the last two innings — capped by Joe King's walk-off single to left field to give Pierre the region crown in a 10-9 contest at Cadwell Park.
The big inning arrived at the latest possible moment for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team Thursday night. But when it arrived, Mitchell didn't let the opportunity get away. Facing the prospect of its season coming to an end, Post 18 scored six runs in the eighth inning to take an 9-6 lead over Rapid City Post 320 and Briggs Havlik closed the door to win by that score as Mitchell clinched a spot in the Class A state tournament with a Region 3A victory at Cadwell Park.
The McCook/Miner Legion baseball team had a little bit of everything in its Region 5B tournament triumph last weekend. An abundance of pitching, timely hitting and strong defense were all key. And if M/M can bring that type of play to Leahy Bowl in Winner, they'll have a strong chance of making a run deep in the Class B state Legion baseball tournament. M/M (26-6) plays the host Winner/Colome in the opening round of the state tournament today at approximately 8 p.m., the last of four games on the first day of competition.
Like Wednesday’s opening-round playoff game with Pierre, the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team had a slow start Thursday afternoon. But Calvin Hegg kept the home team in it and Post 18 pulled through. Mitchell scored seven runs in the sixth inning and picked up a 9-0 win over Sturgis Post 33 to stave off elimination in the Region 3A tournament at Cadwell Park.