WATERTOWN-Mitchell Post 18 opened the Legion season with a high-scoring doubleheader against Watertown on Tuesday.
Mitchell scored 19 runs between the two games to split the doubleheader, with a 12-8 loss in Game 1 and a 11-5 win in the second game.
"Unfortunately we scored 19 runs and split," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We did a really good job offensively. ... We gave up 17 runs and only eight of those were earned. It would've been probably two wins for us if we played a little bit better defense in the first game."
Post 18's bats got going quickly in the second game. It scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings, helping it lead 10-1. A bevy of players contributed to the offensive outburst.
Max Schoenfelder and Brady Hawkins hit two-RBI singles in back-to-back innings, while Koby Larson's RBI double in the third represented one of three doubles for Mitchell. As a team, it finished with 11 hits, including Hawkins, Larson, Peyton Nash and Jared Miller all recording two hits.
"I thought our offensive output would've been pretty good for the fact that we've been swinging well as of late," Norden said, noting the change to metal bats in Legion play.
While Mitchell's bats stayed hot after an 11-hit game to open the doubleheader, its pitching staff made sure to keep Watertown's at bay. Post 17 managed just three hits, with its final two runs against starter Jackson Sadler being unearned.
"(Sadler) did a good job early on," Norden said. "He got his pitch count up. It would've been nice to save another guy."
Sadler threw five innings for Mitchell, striking out four and allowing three runs (one earned) to earn the win. Lexon Thorson suffered the loss, conceding five earned runs in a two-inning start.
Thanks to RBI hits from Nash and Sadler, who ended with three hits and two RBIs, Post 18 jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first game. However, Post 17 responded.
It scored 10 straight runs, highlighted by four runs in both the third and fifth innings. In the fifth, Tucker Wookey, Peyton Johnston and Brandon Florey hit three straight RBI singles. Wooley and Nick Geffre both had three hits, helping Post 17 to 13 hits as a team.
Post 18 tried to mount a comeback in the sixth, with Schoenfelder and Carson Max both hitting an RBI double to cut the deficit to 12-8. Post 17 didn't allow Mitchell to score in the seventh, though, leading to Tucker Bayles earning the win after giving up five runs in five innings.
Calvin Hegg suffered the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits and five walks in a five-inning start. Nash and Ryan McGinnis both had two hits, while Brady Brosz drove in a pair.
Mitchell hosts Brandon Valley for a 5 p.m. doubleheader Thursday at Cadwell Park.