Mitchell Post 18 wrapped up its regular season on Thursday with a doubleheader against Lennox Post 174 at Cadwell Park.
In Game 1, Mitchell blanked the Bandits 7-0, and in the second game, Post 18 responded to an early flurry with seven runs in the bottom of the first to win 12-5.
Jared Miller nearly shutdown the Lennox offense completely in Game 1 after flirting with a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Miller did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning and carried a no-hitter until Zach Liesinger doubled with one out in the fifth.
“Jared did a really good job of going out there and not making us be on the field very long,” Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. “It was a fairly quick game and did a really good job of getting off the field in the bed temperatures.”
Miller tossed five complete innings, surrendering one walk and one hit, while striking out eight batters. Isaac Rew gave up three hits in two innings of relief to clinch the shutout.
Offensively, Mitchell took advantage of five Bandit errors, with Peyton Nash capitalizing on two miscues in the bottom of the first. Nash reached on an error and then scored on a passed ball, while Max Schoenfelder drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
Post 18 put four runs on the board in the third on four singles and two errors. Jackson Sadler, Ryan McGinnis and Koby Larson each had RBIs, while Schoenfelder was 2-for-3.
In Game 2, Mitchell fought back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning after Lennox tallied three hits and two walks on starter Brady Hawkins.
Hawkins didn’t allow another hit or run, though, finishing with five strikeouts in three innings, while giving up three earned runs. Calvin Hegg came in and did not allow an earned run on two hits in four innings.
“(Hawkins) was struggling a little bit with the heat and the plan was to get everybody a little bit of throwing,” Norden said. “Brady was able to stay in there for three innings and Calvin was able to finish the game off. … For as many zeros as we put up and not giving up many baserunners all night, we did a really good job.”
Despite giving up four runs in the first, Mitchell responded with seven in the bottom half of the frame. Carter Max had an RBI ground ball to start the scoring, while Hawkins followed with an RBI single and Jonah Schmidt add another later in the game before Nash had an RBI triple.
“I was happy that we responded so well and being able to retake the lead after a slow start to the game,” Norden said.
Schmidt finished with three RBIs in the game and Hawkins collected a pair on two hits.
Mitchell (32-15) begins the Class A Legion tournament on July 26 at Cadwell Park.