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Mitchell’s comeback win highlights 1-1 day at Veterans Classic

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RAPID CITY -- Mitchell Post 18’s comebacks continued on Friday at the Rapid City Veterans Classic with a 10-9 win over Sioux Falls East Post 15 in the first game. Miles City (Mont.) got off to a fast start in Game 2, leading to a 15-0 four-inning win over Mitchell.

In the first game, Mitchell scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a three-run deficit. Brady Brosz singled in a run, and then scored on a passed ball. Peyton Nash’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 9-9, but Colby Gillen came home on a passed ball for the winning run.

“We had some balls that we probably should’ve made plays on, so to kind of make up for that and continue to hit the ball at the end of the game, we did a really good job of that,” Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. “Really happy with the subs that came in the game.”

Isaac Rew, who allowed two unearned runs in two relief innings, earned the win for Post 18. Jake Helleloid struck out four and gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits in five innings. Brosz tripled during his two-hit game, while Austin Kerr finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Joe VanOverschelde had two hits and Carson Fahey doubled.

“Guys were doing a good job being aggressive on pitches,” Norden said. “We hit the ball in different places, and not just trying to pull the ball. We did a really good job executing what was given to us and not trying to do too much.”

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Andrew Everson took the loss for Post 15. At the plate, Sioux Falls scored four runs in the first inning, and then later erased a 5-4 deficit by scoring five runs between the fifth and sixth innings. Sioux Falls had four doubles, including Garren Heinert hitting two.

In the second game, Larson, Fahey and Josh Grosdidier had Mitchell’s only hits. Meanwhile, Miles City had 11 hits, which turned into four runs in the first inning and nine more in the second. It had eight different players record a hit, including three with a multi-hit game. Miles City finished with three extra-base hits.

“(Miles City) hit some really good fastballs,” Norden said. “... They put up a lot of runs in a hurry. … They hit the ball hard. Not any cheap hits out of them, that’s for sure.”

Hunter Musch earned the win, as he struck out two batters in a 2.2-inning start. Brady Brosz took the loss for Mitchell, giving up 13 runs (four earned) over 1.1 innings.

Mitchell (18-16) continues play in the Veterans Classic with games against the Rapid City Post 22 Expos and Alliance (Neb.) today.

Post 18 mounts comeback, outlasts Post 320

RAPID CITY -- Mitchell Post 18 opened the Rapid City Veterans Classic with an extra-inning, come-from-behind victory over Rapid City Post 320 on Thursday night. Riley McGinnis doubled the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, followed by Brady Brosz singling home an insurance run in an 8-6 win.

Post 18 fell behind 4-2 in the fourth inning, and it took until the seventh inning for it to erase the deficit. With one out, Peyton Nash doubled, as Jonah Schmidt doubled him home a couple of batters later after Koby Larson was hit by a pitch. Both Larson and Schmidt scored on Austin Kerr’s sacrifice fly, while Joe VanOverschelde hit an RBI double to cap the frame.

Rapid City tied the game to force extra innings, but Larson proceeded to hold Post 320 to one hit over two scoreless frames. Post 18 broke through in the ninth inning.

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Larson’s performance followed Hunter Stahle giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and striking out four in a seven-inning start.

Post 18’s offense racked up 14 hits, including six doubles. Schmidt had two doubles during his three-hit, two-RBI day. McGinnis and Brosz both had three hits, as well. Nash and Kerr, who drove in three runs, both had two hits.

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