Brady Hawkins’ two-run walk-off home run punctuated Mitchell Post 18’s 12-2 five-inning win over West Central on Sunday, but it was an all-around performance at Cadwell Park which guided it to an above .500 record.
Hawkins and Jonah Schmidt both had a multi-hit game to help Post 18 (13-12) score in four different innings, while Ethan Price held West Central’s bats in check for all five innings to earn the win. Mitchell hit the ball all over the field to out-hit West Central, 11-3.
“We did a great job of (hitting to all parts of the field),” Mitchell Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. “I was really excited with the way we ran the bases, too. Moving up on base hits and getting the guy to third.”
It led to Mitchell taking a 4-0 lead in the second inning, and then extending it to 6-1 heading to the fifth. Micah Warrington suffered the loss, as he allowed six runs (five earned) over a 3.1-inning start.
West Central scored its second unearned run in the fifth, which Post 18 followed by scoring six runs. Koby Larson’s three-run double set up Hawkins’ game-winning blast.
Hawkins finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Schmidt added three hits and four RBIs. Price struck out six batters on the mound.
“It’s always great to not have to use guys and think about how many guys I got for this game,” Norden said. “... (It’s huge) when a guy goes out and throws and we don’t have to bring anybody in from the pen and we can save them a day. When you get through the five games and go, ‘So and so didn’t get to pitch.’ It’s a good thing sometimes because you know you’re giving guys a little bit more rest than sometimes they get.”
Mitchell travels to Yankton for a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Monday. It hosts Harrisburg on Tuesday at Cadwell Park to complete a three-day stretch of games.