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Mitchell’s season ends after stranding 14 runners in loss to Hardhats

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Post 18's Ryan McGinnis fields a pop-up as third baseman Brady Hawkins backs him up on the play during a game against Rapid City Post 22 in the Class A American Legion State Tournament on Sunday at Cadwell Park.

Mitchell Post 18 could not finish the job.

There were plenty of opportunities to tack on runs during the Class A state American Legion tournament, and on Sunday against Rapid City Post 22, it resulted in Mitchell’s undoing at Cadwell Park.

Post 18 left 14 runners on base against the Hardhats -- and 34 for the tournament -- and it allowed Rapid City to capture a 6-4 win, putting an end to Mitchell’s season.

“I thought they won the ballgame 2-1,” Mitchell head coach Luke Norden said. “They had two big hits and we had one big hit. They scored five runs on two big hits, two balls that carried over the outfielder’s head. If we get one more of those, we’re tied up or we’re ahead in a certain situation. We had more opportunities than they did.”

Mitchell had a hot start, taking the lead on an RBI single by Brady Hawkins in the top of the first inning and added another run when Jared Miller was plunked with the bases loaded in the third.

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The bases were left loaded, though, and Rapid City was able to comeback to tie the game on a two-run double by Matthew Hagre in the bottom of the inning.

Following the Hardhat rally, rain forced the game into a delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes. When play resumed, Ryan Bachmann -- who had the game-winning hit against Watertown on Saturday -- delivered a three-run double to give Rapid City a 5-2 lead.

Jackson Sadler left shortly afterward, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks in five innings on the mound, with most of the damage coming in two innings.

“He did a great job of getting their guys out in front on pitches and a lot of easy outs,” Norden said. “We’ll take the other hits and we’ll give up a run on a sac fly when we’re on damage control and working really hard to get out of those innings.”

Mitchell would not go quietly, though, as Calvin Hegg came through with a two-out, two-run double to pull within one run.

Still, Post 18 once again left the bases loaded when Tad Scherbenske fanned Ryan McGinnis to end the inning. Mitchell had one more chance with runners on first and second, but could not capitalize.

“The worst part about it is these guys won’t be able to play together anymore,” Norden said. “Not all the teams get to win their last game, but winning in the state tournament provides another opportunity for the guys to play together. That’s the biggest takeaway for me -- they don’t get to play together anymore.”

Hegg and Hawkins both finished the game 3-for-4 for Post 18.

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Bachmann drove in four runs for Rapid City. Starter Jake Goble was chased after three innings, as Mitchell hit him six times for two runs.

Mitchell finishes the season 33-17.

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Post 18's Jackson Sadler, left, fields a short grounder in front of first baseman Max Schoenfelder before tagging first base for the force out during a game against Rapid City Post 22 in the Class A American Legion State Tournament on Sunday at Cadwell Park.

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