Mitchell Post 18 got off to fast starts and didn’t look back on Sunday at Cadwell Park.
It racked up 17 runs on 15 hits as it swept a twin bill against Humboldt/Hartford Post 62. Post 18 won Game 1, 12-3, then took the second game, 5-1. The sweep pushes Mitchell to 22-14 this season.
“We practiced Thursday morning, then had a couple of days off,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “It seems like we’ve been away for a while. Having a little time off here and there is always good. I’m glad with the amount of time off our pitchers have had sporadically throughout the year.”
Mitchell scored quickly in the first game, using a five-run second inning to push its lead to 6-0. Brady Hawkins, who singled in a run, scored on a balk and Brady Brosz scored on an error, though the inning was highlighted by Carson Max’s two-run double.
Carter Max tacked on two more runs to Post 18’s lead with a blast over the left field fence for his third home run of the year. He finished with three hits, leading to Cooper Maras suffering the loss for Humboldt/Hartford.
“We’re back to wanting to score in all of the innings, putting up an effort to score in all innings,” Norden said.
Brady Hawkins, who had two hits and three RBIs, picked up the win on the mound. He struck out the side in the second inning, leading to six strikeouts in his six-inning start. Hawkins retired nine of the first 10 batters, but Humboldt/Hartford was able to plate three runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
“I was glad that he gave up some hits and had to pitch to some guys on base,” Norden said. “It’s not good to throw from the wind-up all the time. … He did a good job working out of some innings. Obviously he doesn’t want guys to get hits, but that’s reality, it’s going to happen.”
In Game 2, Post 18 used three walks and a hit by pitch to score three runs in the first frame. Peyton Nash and Hawkins both scored on a wild pitch, with Ryan McGinnis singling home Carson Max.
That’s all the run support Calvin Hegg needed as he fanned eight batters in his six-inning start. He held Humboldt/Hartford to four hits.
Koby Larson came home on a wild pitch in the second and Max Schoenfelder scored on a balk in the third to push Mitchell’s lead to 5-1. Post 18 finished with five hits, including a Schoenfelder triple, with Micah Warrington taking the loss.
Mitchell travels to Huron today.