Pitching carries Post 18 to sweep
Mitchell Post 18 kept up its winning ways and kept on scoring on Wednesday. Mitchell captured its eighth straight victory with a doubleheader sweep against the Aberdeen Smittys at Cadwell Park. Post 18 won the first game 11-1 (six innings) and th...
Mitchell Post 18 kept up its winning ways and kept on scoring on Wednesday.
Mitchell captured its eighth straight victory with a doubleheader sweep against the Aberdeen Smittys at Cadwell Park. Post 18 won the first game 11-1 (six innings) and the second game 13-2 (five innings).
Mitchell (15-7) scored at least one run in all 11 innings and received a pair of solid pitching performances from Brady Brosz and Maxwell Bennett.
"I think that's kind of why we have been playing well and kind of got a streak going, just because our pitchers have done such a great job of pounding the strike zone," Post 18 coach Luke Norden said.
In Game 1, Brosz kept Aberdeen's bats at bay. He scattered six hits, struck out nine batters, allowed one earned run and issued four walks in six innings. In Game 2, Bennett surrendered six hits, two earned runs and struck out two batters in five innings.
"Brady struck out more guys in the first game," Norden said. "Obviously, you throw more pitches when you strike guys out, but having the ball put in play and relying on your defense is one thing that we have been doing a great job on the mound of lately."
They received plenty of run support. Mitchell racked up 23 total hits in the doubleheader.
In Game 1, Jonah Schmidt had two hits and three RBIs. Brady Hawkins added three hits and one RBI. Bennett drove in two runs. Ryan McGinnis finished with two hits, while Calvin Hegg, Peyton Nash, Max Schoenfelder, Jared Miller, Isaac Rew and Bennett each had a hit.
In Game 2, Nash recorded three hits and drove in five runs, including a bases-clearing triple to make it 7-1 in the second inning. Hegg added two hits and two RBIs. Schoenfelder recorded two hits and one RBI. Koby Larson and Miller each knocked in a run, while McGinnis had a hit.
Up next, Post 18 hosts Yankton Post 12 today in a 5 p.m. doubleheader at Cadwell Park. Norden noted how Yankton has a veteran team with an eye toward qualifying for state.
"They are looking to end the season on a good note and play well toward the end to be able to make the state tournament," Norden said. "I expect two real competitive games (today)."
Note: Post 18's doubleheader against Pierre Post 8 scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday has been rescheduled to start at 2 p.m.