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Havlik tosses 2-hitter as Mitchell goes 1-1 on first day in Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.--Briggs Havlik pitched a complete game two-hitter as the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team earned a 6-0 win over Tri-City Maroon (Minneapolis) in the second game of a tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.

ROCHESTER, Minn.-Briggs Havlik pitched a complete game two-hitter as the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team earned a 6-0 win over Tri-City Maroon (Minneapolis) in the second game of a tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.

The win was a big bounce back for Post 18, which fell to Madison, Wisconsin, 12-0 in four innings in the team's first game of the tournament.

"Briggs Havlik threw a great game," Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said. "He only threw 77 pitches, so it was outstanding.

Mitchell took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning against Tri-City and broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.

"We had a big inning by scoring on a multitude of two-out hits," Norden said. "Briggs did a great job of getting us in the dugout and off the field."

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Havlik had four strikeouts and allowed two walks in seven innings pitched.

Offensively, Spencer Neugebauer and Carson Max each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Neugebauer had a double and a triple, while Jed Schmidt and Sam Michels each had a hit and an RBI in the win.

Mitchell finished the game against Tri-City with seven hits, no errors and seven runners left on base, while Tri-City had two hits, one error and two runners left on base.

"If we can do exactly what we did in the second game today, that'd be great," Norden said. "Hopefully we can build off our second game. We took decent at-bats with runners in scoring position, played good defense and pitched efficiently. Those are keys for us."

In the first game of the day, Madison jumped on Post 18 early with a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

Schmidt took the loss for Post 18, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits in one inning pitched.

"Madison was pretty good, they swung the bats pretty well," Norden said. "It was an uphill battle from the get-go. They put pressure on us right away."

Neugebauer had two hits and Bryce Geraets added a hit in the loss. Post 18 had three hits, one error and four runners left on base, while Madison finished the game with 13 hits, no errors and four runners left on base.

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Post 18 (16-13) has two games left in the Rochester Firecracker Tournament. Mitchell plays Rochester, Minnesota today at noon and Ottawa, Ohio at 9 a.m. on Sunday in Rochester.

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