PIERRE -- Mitchell Post 18 once again failed to take both games of a doubleheader.
For the third time this Legion season, it split a twin bill. This time, it handily won the first game, 14-4, over Pierre before its bats were silenced in an 11-1 five-inning loss in Game 2. The split moves Post 18 to 5-4 on the season.
Pierre struggled to contain Mitchell at the plate in Game 1, especially the top of Post 18’s lineup. The first four batters accounted for nine of its 13 hits, including leadoff hitter Koby Larson going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Calvin Hegg, Peyton Nash and Carson Max all had two hits.
They helped Post 18 claim a 6-0 lead after the second inning. Larson singled in Jared Miller to start the scoring in a five-run second inning, while Max’s double accounted for two of his four RBIs on the day. Max also hit a two-run home run to cap the 14-run outburst.
“We had a really good focus the first game,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “(We) scored in every single inning.”
Mitchell ran Jack Van Camp out of the game after he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Brady Hawkins finished with two RBIs.
While Post 18’s offense continued to churn out runs, Jackson Sadler and Isaac Rew held Pierre to four runs on nine hits.
Sadler’s success came from not allowing a hit until the third frame, while also being able to limit damage. In a three-run third inning, he forced River Iverson to ground out with two runners in scoring position to end the inning. The right-hander allowed four earned runs in a six-inning start.
“He did a great job early on pitch count-wise,” Norden said. “... He’s doing a good job trying to get guys in play and not trying to get into bad counts to throw from.”
The script flipped in the second game, though. Mitchell showed patience at the plate, but rarely put the barrel on the ball. It drew six walks, but Pierre starter Jake Mayer struck out three, helping him hold Post 18 to a Carter Max solo home run.
While Mitchell’s offense struggled to find a rhythm, its defense also didn’t help Brady Brosz and Max Schoenfelder during the first three innings. Post 18 committed four errors, while Brosz took the loss. They combined to give up eight hits as Pierre plated 10 runs (eight earned).
“It’s not like they were terribly hard plays, just a lack of focus,” Norden said, of Post 18’s fielding. “We threw 60 pitches in the first two innings and it took us 86 pitches to get through three innings. Just way too many pitches thrown by our pitchers due to the fact that (we weren’t) able to field and throw the ball.”
Pierre quickly racked up runs by hitting four extra-base hits, including Garrett Stout’s two-run home run and a pair of triples. Iverson hit a walk-off single in the fifth, as well.
Mitchell plays in the Omaha Westside Turf Classic over the weekend.