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Post 18 picks up three more wins at Gopher Classic

The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team will stay in Minnesota a little longer.

Mitchell won three combined games on Saturday and Sunday at the Gopher Classic, advancing to today's action after winning their pool. Post 18 defeated Oakdale, Minnesota, 4-3 and St. Francis, Minnesota, 8-3 on Sunday. On Saturday, Mitchell topped Woodbury, Minnesota, 3-1.

"We have won nine out of 10 now and probably the most important thing out of the whole deal is playing meaningful games, games that are kind of on the line stuff," Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. "We had to win both games (Sunday) in order to move onto (today)."

Mitchell (23-20) started Sunday with a morning walk-off win over Oakdale. Sam Michels hit a walk-off single to plate Calvin Hegg in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Austin Kerr picked up the win in relief. He pitched five scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out three batters.

"Austin Kerr did a phenomenal job," Norden said. "He came in and throw five innings of relief for us. He goes five innings and gives up one hit. Every inning we got a couple opportunities."

Michels, who went 2-for-6, took advantage of his opportunity with his single to left field for the winning run. Hegg led off the inning with a double to center field.

"Having those important bats in those situations, is going to just help us down the road," Norden said.

Also offensively, Kerr and Brady Hawkins each drove in a run. Hegg finished with two hits, while Kitchens and Hawkins each had a hit.

Against St. Francis, Jared Miller finished 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Kerr had two hits, while Logan Sparks, Michels, Hawkins, Carter Max, Hegg and Baley Miller each had a hit. Michels had two RBIs, while Sparks, Hawkins, Max, Baley Miller and Jared Miller each drove in a run.

Ryland DeVries picked up the win, pitching five innings, scattering four hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out five batters.

Mitchell's offense gave DeVries a 6-0 lead to work with and tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning.

"We kind of turned off the gas a little bit and they were able to get back in the game and then we were able to come out in the top of the seventh and pad our lead a little bit more," Norden said.

Against Woodbury, Hawkins had both of Mitchell's hits. Max and Hegg each had an RBI apiece.

Hawkins earned the win, giving up five hits, one run and striking out five batters in the complete-game performance.

"Our pitching has been really good here this last stretch," Norden said.

Today, Mitchell plays Millard West, Nebraska.