HARRISBURG -- Mitchell Post 18’s doubleheader at Harrisburg Post 45 became a single game on Tuesday due to the host team traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, today. Post 18 was still able to pull out a win, though, defeating Harrisburg, 9-0, for its sixth straight victory.
With back-to-back doubleheaders coming today and Thursday, Mitchell coach Luke Norden said the change was beneficial considering Mitchell’s down to 10 players this week due to some being out of town.
“Being a little bit short-handed and saving a couple of innings wasn’t a bad deal,” Norden said.
Brady Hawkins nearly went the distance for Post 18, bringing a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He tossed 6 1/3 innings, while striking 10 batters. He had multiple strikeouts in four innings, which includes striking out the side in the third inning.
“He did a great job trying to work on his changeup a little bit and throwing his off-speed for strikes,” Norden said. “He was getting us off the field quick in the beginning of the game. The game was certainly quick until it slowed down in the end.”
Koby Larson worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam to end the game, forcing a strikeout and pop out for the final two outs.
Harrisburg was able to keep the game close thanks to three pitchers limiting Post 18 to four runs on five hits in the first six innings. Payton Metzger took the loss, allowing an earned run in his two-inning start.
“(Tyson Kogel) did a good job of mixing up pitches,” Norden said. “We were a little slow out of the gates.”
However, Mitchell broke through in the fifth inning, tagging Jett Olszewski, who singled to break up the no-hitter in the seventh, for five earned runs. Post 18 recorded four hits, including Larson and Peyton Nash hitting RBI singles, and four walks. Nash finished 3-for-4, while Ryan McGinnis drove in two runs.
Mitchell (13-7) hosts Aberdeen for a 5 p.m. doubleheader today at Cadwell Park.