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Post 18 caps undefeated weekend at Cadwell

Scoring 38 runs in three games, Mitchell Post 18 made it a clean sweep of their Legion baseball games at Cadwell Park over the weekend. Post 18 beat Sturgis 14-6 to start Saturday, then used a Logan Sparks walk-off single to win 7-6 in the second...

Mitchell Post 18's Baley Miller swings at a pitch against Sturgis in the third inning at Cadwell Park on Saturday. (Jeremy Karll)
Mitchell Post 18's Baley Miller swings at a pitch against Sturgis in the third inning at Cadwell Park on Saturday. (Jeremy Karll)

Scoring 38 runs in three games, Mitchell Post 18 made it a clean sweep of their Legion baseball games at Cadwell Park over the weekend.

Post 18 beat Sturgis 14-6 to start Saturday, then used a Logan Sparks walk-off single to win 7-6 in the second game against the Titans. Mitchell took down Sioux Falls East on Sunday, 17-2, in four innings.

In the opener against Sturgis, Post 18 was powered by 13 hits and five Sturgis errors. Mitchell scored five runs in the both the first and fifth innings. Its five-run fifth was highlighted by Drew Kitchens' bases-clearing double, followed by Jackson Sadler, who went 2-for-4, tripling him in a batter later.

"We had a really good approach at the plate," said Post 18 coach Luke Norden. "Our guys did a really good job of scratching and clawing to get a run here and there. And to continue to get better at-bats every time."

At the plate, Austin Kerr, Calvin Hegg and Brady Hawkins all had two hits. Kitchens and Hawkins both drove in three runs, while Baley Miller went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. As a team, Post 18 only struck out three times and hit four extra-base hits.

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Jared Miller struck out eight batters over his five-inning start to earn the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks.

"Sam (Michels) called a really good game," Norden said. "(Jared Miller) used his curveball when he got to two strikes. He wasn't trying to bury (his curveball) in the ground. He kept it in the strike zone and got a lot of strikeouts with his curveball."

Post 18 had to make a couple of comebacks in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Sturgis scored three runs in the fourth, and Post 18 answered with three runs of its own to tie the game. After Sturgis added another run in the sixth, Hawkins, who went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, hit a two-RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.

Sturgis tacked on another run in the seventh, but Kitchens doubled, advanced to third on an error, and was driven home by Sparks to seal the win.

"(We) did a really good job at battling," Norden said. "That's a good team that stays in all ball games. Even in the first game when (we) get out to a lead (in the first inning), they didn't give up any outs. They go in there and battle the whole time."

Kitchens, Sparks and Kerr all had two hits, while Kerr drove in a pair of runs. Ryland DeVries allowed four earned runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four in his four-inning start. Sadler earned the win as he gave up two earned runs in the final three innings.

On Sunday, Post 18 scored five runs in each of the first three innings as it outhit Sioux Falls 13-4.

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Carter Max, Kerr, Michels and Kitchens all had two hits, while Kitchens also drove in two runs. Jared Miller finished with two RBIs, and Hawkins drove in three during his 1-for-3 day. On the mound, Hawkins fanned five batters and allowed two runs and four hits in his four-inning start.

Mitchell Post 18 (18-19) plays at Huron at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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