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Post 18 salvages doubleheader with 18-run performance

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Mitchell Post 18's Jonah Schmidt delivers a pitch against Aberdeen during a Legion baseball game on Tuesday. (John Davis / Aberdeen American News)

ABERDEEN -- Mitchell Post 18 once again split a doubleheader. On Tuesday, for the fourth time this season, it took one of two games. After falling 9-8 to Aberdeen in the first game, it responded with an 18-4 win in five innings.

Post 18 didn’t wait to jump on top of Aberdeen in Game 2. It scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second and tacked on eight more in the third. It led 17-0 before Aberdeen scored four runs in the fourth.

“(We had) a plan and approach and (didn’t) just go up there to swing just to swing,” Mitchell coach Luke Norden said. “We’re not trying to win a game in the first inning. … There’s multiple ways to get on base and sometimes we’re swinging with no purpose because the guy threw the ball close to the strike zone.”

Mitchell found multiple ways to get on base, recording 14 hits and walking 10 times. It had five multi-hit games, as Brady Hawkins, Nick Lord and Austin Kerr all doubled. Lord and Hawkins both finished with three hits, while Colby Gillen, Ryan McGinnis and Jonah Schmidt each had two hits.

Hawkins doubled in one of his three runs to give Mitchell a 9-0 lead in the third. A few batters later, Gillen, who had three RBIs, singled in a run. Mitchell finished with five hits in the frame. Carson Fahey drove in three runs, as well.

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Brady Brosz struck out four and held Aberdeen to one hit in a three-inning start to pick up the win. Kerr closed the game by allowing four earned runs on five hits in the final two innings.

“(Brosz) got his wisdom teeth out last week and he missed a week, so he hadn’t thrown it in a while,” Norden said. “Trying to get him back in a groove. He did a really good job throwing downhill and working down in the strike zone. I thought it was his best performance on the mound working down in the strike zone.”

Nick Clemens suffered the loss for Aberdeen, giving up seven runs (five earned). Aiden McCafferty finished 2-for-3 with a double and triple.

In the first game, Mitchell’s bats were held silent for most of the contest. Peyton Nash’s two-run triple highlighted a four-run fourth to cut the deficit to 9-8, but it didn’t score the tying run in the seventh. Nash finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

“I thought we swung awesome in the cage before the game, and we just gave up at-bats (by) not hitting the ball hard,” Norden said about Mitchell’s slow start in Game 1.

Aberdeen took the lead in the fourth when it sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs. It finished with seven hits, as Matt Feiock went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Clemens had two hits and two RBIs, as well.

McCafferty earned the win, holding Mitchell to eight runs (four earned) over 5.2 innings. Austin Wagemann recorded the final four outs and extinguished Mitchell’s comeback efforts.

Post 18 used six pitchers in the loss. Josh Grosdidier allowed four runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings and suffered the loss.

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“We were trying to get everybody a few innings here or there before we have a couple of days off and go out to Gillette,” Norden said. “We just threw too many pitches to get through the first game, as well.”

Mitchell Post 18 (8-7) plays in the Gillette Hdlaky Tournament on Friday through Sunday in Gillette, Wyoming.

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