Mitchell Post 18 recorded its share of hits against Brandon Valley Post 131 on Thursday at Cadwell Park, just not with runners on base.
After dispatching Brandon Valley, 10-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader, Mitchell jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap. But when it had a chance to pile on runs, Post 18 came up empty. By leaving the door open, Post 131 scored six runs in the sixth inning for a 6-4 win to complete the split.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Mitchell left 11 runners on base after recording 11 hits in the game, including two in each of the final two innings.
"We did not want to extend the lead like we did in the first game," Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. "We had a couple runs, we were satisfied with a couple runs and we were in coast mode. By the time they ended up scoring six, it should have been a moot point. We should have had double-digit runs with the opportunities that we had."
In the first game, Mitchell (2-2) did not have a problem compiling runs. Post 18 scored in the bottom of the first inning, but blew the game open in the second with seven runs, aided by RBIs from Max Schoenfelder, Calvin Hegg and Jonah Schmidt.
Then in the third inning, Carson Max helped shut the door with a two-run home run to right field. All the while, Brady Hawkins limited Brandon Valley (1-1) by tossing four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five batters.
"For his first time out on the mound for us this summer, he did a great job of getting us off the field quick," Norden said, "and our offense was able to stay in the dugout for a while and hit."
Post 18 raced out to its 4-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Hegg and Jared Miller and another solo blast by Max. But that lead evaporated in one inning.
Brandon Valley scored all of its runs with two outs, using five hits, including two doubles and a triple. Mitchell could have ended the inning but the ball dropped on a fly ball to second base, scoring a run and extending the frame.
"We had an opportunity to get out of the inning (up) 4-1," Norden said. "The ball popped out of our glove and they ended up adding on five runs after that ball bounce. We go and make a play there, we probably go on to win the game. It was an unfortunate situation."
Koby Larson, Carter Max, Hegg and Miller all finished 2-for-4 at the plate, while Schoenfelder took the loss on the mound after surrendering three earned runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Brady Brosz allowed three runs on three hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings. He also had six strikeouts.
Mitchell hosts Post 15 East at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Cadwell Park.