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Offense goes cold in pair of losses for Post 18

Mitchell Post 18's eight-game winning streak came to a halt on Thursday at Cadwell Park. Unable to manufacture runs late in the game, Yankton Post 12 swept Mitchell, taking the first game, 10-6, in eight innings and falling 6-4 in Game 2. "Our pi...

Post 18's Calvin Hegg throws over to first after recording the force out at second on Yankton's Levi Wiersma in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Post 18's Calvin Hegg throws over to first after recording the force out at second on Yankton's Levi Wiersma in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mitchell Post 18's eight-game winning streak came to a halt on Thursday at Cadwell Park.

Unable to manufacture runs late in the game, Yankton Post 12 swept Mitchell, taking the first game, 10-6, in eight innings and falling 6-4 in Game 2.

"Our pitchers threw well enough to win two games," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. "We did not get beat, we lost two games."

Mitchell's (15-9) offense went cold after the third inning in Game 1. It was held to one run in the final five innings, while Yankton scored three in the fifth and four runs with two outs in the eighth to secure the win.

"We were lacking (focus) all night," Norden said. "In certain situations, we lacked focus to have a plan and get the job done."

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Koby Larson took the loss, allowing four unearned runs in two innings. Jared Miller gave up six earned runs and struck out five in his six-inning start. Matthew Mors did damage at the plate for Yankton, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Unlike Yankton, Post 18's offense started quickly and faded late. Brady Hawkins and Max Schoenfelder both hit RBI singles in the first to give it a 3-0 lead. However, Michael Dortzman and Ethan Wishon, who earned the win and drove in three runs, held Mitchell to two hits after the first inning.

Mitchell has its chance to take a lead in the fifth in the second game, though with bases loaded and one out, it struck out twice.

"We go up to the plate in that situation, (Levi Wiersma) threw three balls out of the strike zone," Norden said. "We swung at all three out of the strike zone. The plan of attack we went into some at-bats with wasn't very good."

After Levi Wiersma worked out of the jam, the Yankton bats responded with two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Calvin Hegg took the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) in six innings.

Hawkins singled in Koby Larson with one out in the seventh, but Wishon retired the final two batters to end the game. Hawkins finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Larson also added two hits

Mitchell hosts Pierre for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday.

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