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Gillette (Wyo.) hits past Post 18

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Mitchell Post 18 couldn’t keep Gillette (Wyo.) off the base paths on Tuesday at Cadwell Park. It allowed seven hits and issued nine walks in a 14-3 five-inning loss to the Riders.

“We threw way too many pitches,” Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. “... We’re playing against high school kids that are going to make the same mistakes that we do. Put the ball in play. We have to have the ball in the strike zone knowing we got five games this week.”

Against Post 18 starter Peyton Nash, the Riders walked twice, hit a double and reached on an error to start the contest. Kaleb Lewis’ RBI double scored the first run, but Gillette finished with three hits in the opening frame to take a 5-0 lead.

The Riders (19-3) continued to push runners across home plate, in part due to Mitchell’s seven errors. Nash gave up seven runs (two earned) in a three-inning start and Austin Kerr allowed seven runs (one earned) in the final two innings. Post 18 (4-5) had an error in all but one inning, including three in the fourth.

“We got to obviously have guys that grit their teeth and make outs for us,” Norden said. “We had too many errors.”

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The Riders took advantage with two runs in the third and a six-run fourth. It led 14-0 before Mitchell responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Post 18, which had five hits, ruined the shutout when Parker Bollinger hit into a fielder’s choice to score Isaac Rew.

“You’ll see who wants to come and play when … you’re down 14-0. What kind of at-bat are you going to have?” Norden said. “Am I going to go up there and go through the motions, or am I going to go up there and grit my teeth and try to get something done because I get the opportunity to go compete. Guys that want to compete, they have really good at-bats in those situations.”

Post 18 travels to Huron for a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.

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