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Junior Legion splits doubleheader with Renner

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RENNER -- Mitchell Junior Legion salvaged a doubleheader at Renner on Monday with a Game 2 win. It fell 5-4 in eight innings in the first game, but bounced back with a 9-5 win to close the twin bill.

In Game 2, Mitchell used a five-run third inning to take a 6-2 lead. Mitchell recorded four hits in the big inning, including Landon Waddell hitting an RBI double. It tacked on three more runs in the sixth and never allowed Renner to retake the lead.

Brock Sparks paced Mitchell at the plate with three hits. Mason Geraets added two hits and Jace Larson drove in a trio of runs. Dylan Soulek earned the win, striking out seven batters over a four-inning start. He allowed four runs (three earned).

For Renner, Manny Struck took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) in two innings. Renner finished with four hits, including Quinn Dunham having two.

In the first game, Struck doubled Preston Konechne to third in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the next at-bat, Konechne stole home for the walk-off win. Renner finished with seven hits and Ian Scherbring notched the win with two shutout innings.

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Larson took the loss for Mitchell, as Konechne’s steal home was his only run allowed in an inning of relief work. Ty Neguebauer allowed four runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings. Mitchell was held to three hits in the loss.

Mitchell (6-2) plays in the Renner tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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