For Mitchell Post 18, there’s no rest for the weary.
Mitchell, which was playing its seventh game in the past five days, used an early 8-1 advantage on its way to a 9-4 win over Pierre Post 8 at Cadwell Park on Tuesday.
Post 18 (30-15) was coming off a 5-1 showing at the Gopher Classic in Minneapolis and played just one day prior to hosting Pierre in a make-up game.
“That was of really high importance for me to see how we were going to respond,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “We learned a lot about ourselves the last couple of weeks. So that’s good to see.”
Post 18 piled on eight runs through the first two innings and it chased Post 8 starter Maguire Raske after just 27 pitches. Raske gave up three hits, four runs (two earned) and struck out one batter in a third of an inning.
But Mitchell went hitless from the third-through-seventh innings as Post 8 crept back into the game. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Jared Miller smacked a much-needed RBI double to deep left-center field to plate Calvin Hegg from third base. Miller finished 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.
“Jared was one of the more lively guys for the entire game and it showed in the last at-bat that he had there,” Norden said.
Mitchell reliever Max Schoenfelder then retired the next three batters to earn the save. Schoenfelder pitched three scoreless innings, struck out two batters and allowed just one hit.
“Max did a great job too just to focus in,” Norden said. “He wasn’t real happy with himself on a couple of plays earlier in the game (at first base). You have to flush it and go onto the next thing. He did a great job of flushing a couple of mistakes too to go out and just throw really well.”
Brady Brosz earned the win. He allowed eight hits, two runs and fanned six batters in his six-inning start. It was his first outing since opening the Gopher Classic on Friday.
“He threw our first game in Minneapolis and didn’t stay in the game very long because he struggled finding the strike zone,” Norden said. “To be able to go out and throw six innings was awesome for us. I am really happy for him to be able to have that mental focus.”
He received a boost from Mitchell’s bats. In the first inning, Ryan McGinnis capped off a four-run inning with a two-run single. Carson Max and Brady Hawkins both added RBIs in the inning.
In the second inning, Hawkins hit an RBI single, Miller added a two-run single and Schoenfelder was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to account for four runs.
In the fifth inning, Post 8 loaded the bases with one out, but Brosz surrendered just one run on a fielder’s choice RBI.
In the seventh, Post 8 got two back on a sacrifice fly and a Post 18 error. Schoenfelder entered the game with two runners and one but, he worked out of the jam without any damage done.
Mitchell hosts Lennox in a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday at Cadwell Park. It will be the final games of the season before Mitchell hosts the state tournament on July 26-30.
“We have a good Lennox team coming in that’s hardly lost this summer and for us to finish with those guys before our big weekend is going to be key,” Norden said.