Mitchell Post 18 rally cannot overcome early hole in loss to Sioux Falls East

A late rally could not help Mitchell Post 18 overcome an early deficit against Sioux Falls Post 15 East Tuesday.

Mitchell Post 18 baseball. (Republic file photo)

SIOUX FALLS -- A late rally could not help Mitchell Post 18 overcome an early deficit against Sioux Falls Post 15 East Tuesday.

Post 18 fell behind 7-0 through four innings, but rebounded with five runs in the top of the sixth to trim the lead to one run, only to fall 8-6 at Harmodon Park.

Three walks and three hit batters led to five runs by Sioux Falls in the first three innings, and while it managed to consistently advance runners, Mitchell struck out four times and stranded three runners during that span.

“We just started out slow,” Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. “We weren’t ready to get in and hit early. We were out in front on everything. After a few innings we were able to get things figured out. We’re playing a little bit better every time, we just have to piece things together.”

Post 18 was finally able to break through on a two-out RBI single by Ryan McGinnis in the top of the fifth. Mitchell (6-13) also managed to sit down Post 15 in order for the first time in the frame, setting up its last surge.


Carson Fahey and Jace Larson recorded back-to-back RBI singles, while Sioux Falls (12-3) could not handle a Ty Neugebauer ground ball, tacking on two more runs. McGinnis reached on a dropped third strike, which also scored Neugebauer to cut the lead to 7-6.

Ty Schafer delivered a two-out RBI single for Sioux Falls in the bottom of the inning to pad the lead. Dylan Soulek led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and ultimately advanced to third, Post 18 could not bring him home.

“It’s just having a better mindset going in and understanding how hard the pitcher’s throwing and what we need to do to get on base,” Norden said. “We did a much better job after we figured that out.”

Soulek and Larson both went 2-for-4, while Jake Helleloid surrendered seven earned runs on four hits and three walks in four innings.

Schafer had two RBIs for Sioux Falls, while Myles Rees went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. Ryne Hammerstrom allowed two earned runs on nine hits and struck out four over five innings.

Mitchell hosts Sioux Falls Post 15 West in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Cadwell Park.

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