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Mitchell bats stay cold in losses to Renner

RENNER--The struggles at the plate continued for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team on Tuesday. Mitchell recorded six hits and two runs in 14 innings in a pair of losses to Renner on Tuesday in Renner. The scores of the games were 6-1 and 7-1.

RENNER-The struggles at the plate continued for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team on Tuesday.

Mitchell recorded six hits and two runs in 14 innings in a pair of losses to Renner on Tuesday in Renner. The scores of the games were 6-1 and 7-1.

"We're in a bad slump right now and we're going to see what character we have in how long it takes us to break out of this," Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said. "When guys get in slumps, they totally forget what they do well and focus on all the stuff that is going wrong."

In the first game, Mitchell didn't record its first hit until the top of the fifth inning, when Carter Max singled. Max scored Post 18's lone run in the top of the seventh inning and Bryce Geraets picked up Mitchell's second hit in the loss. Post 18 left nine runners left on base and committed one error, while Renner had 12 hits, seven runners left on base and three errors.

"We don't need one or two guys to start hitting, we need everybody collectively to pull together," Norden said. "It's about the team pulling together."

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Jared Miller took the loss on the mound for Mitchell. Miller pitched five innings, allowing six runs (two earned), and 11 hits with four strikeouts.

In the second game, Baley Miller took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on six hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

"We didn't pitch the ball half-bad," Norden said. "We can't expect our pitchers to win games with the offensive output that we had."

Offensively, Max, Calvin Hegg, Spencer Neugebauer and Koby Larson each picked up a hit with Hegg adding an RBI. Mitchell finished the second game with 11 runners left on base and three errors.

"We need to quit thinking about the things that go wrong and think about the things we know how to do right," Norden said. "You always have a lull in the summer and it depends on how good a team we are to see how long it takes to get it out of it."

With the team amidst a five-game losing streak, Norden said the team needs to find ways to gain confidence at the plate.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance to score a guy with a groundout of a sacrifice," Norden said. "(Renner) gave themselves those chances and they capitalized on those chances and that was the difference."

Post 18 (11-9) faces Watertown in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. today in Watertown.

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"Hopefully, it doesn't continue like this for the remainder of the year," Norden said. "Hopefully we see a change in the next couple of games and we can get back on track."

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