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Post 18 splits doubleheader against Minot, ND

Mitchell Legion coach Luke Norden set nearly the exact same lineup during both games of a doubleheader Monday afternoon. The results weren't even close to the same. Mitchell (12-8) defeated Minot, N.D., 7-4 in the first game before falling 12-2 i...

Derek Miller
(Luke Hagen/Republic) Mitchell pitcher Derek Miller starts his throw to home during the first game of a doubleheader against Minot, N.D., Monday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

Mitchell Legion coach Luke Norden set nearly the exact same lineup during both games of a doubleheader Monday afternoon.

The results weren't even close to the same.

Mitchell (12-8) defeated Minot, N.D., 7-4 in the first game before falling 12-2 in five innings on the 10-run rule in the second game at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

"It was two totally different games," Norden said. "Guys looked tired the second game compared to the effort we put forth in the first game."

Derek Miller threw six innings and allowed one earned run in Post 18's victory. Miller was one of the highlights for Mitchell, which capitalized on four Minot errors.

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Miller didn't strike out a batter, but he scattered eight hits and allowed a two-out double in the third inning to give up his only earned run. He reached 100 pitches after six innings and was pulled from the game.

"He's throwing the ball really well for us lately," Norden said. "Every time I go out to talk to him on the mound, he does a great job of making adjustments and doing exactly what I tell him to do."

Mitchell's offense -- which was outhit 11-5 -- scored two runs in each of the first three innings and added one in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead into the top of the seventh.

Jared Schmidt had a two-RBI single in the first inning to score Lakin Neugebauer and Evan Mastel. Neugebauer scored three runs for Post 18 and had two of the team's five hits. He singled in Zach Bennett in the second, walked in the first and third and singled in the fourth. Matt Larson went 2-for-3 and scored in the third.

Larson took the mound in the top of the seventh with a five-run lead, but allowed two base runners who eventually scored. Larson was pulled for Seth Cavanaugh, who induced a pop-out and recorded two strikeouts for the save. He also gave up a single and a walk.

In the second game, Kirby Fuerst gave up a two-out, bases-clearing triple in the first inning to give Minot a 3-0 lead. Fuerst was forced to get more outs than he should have early after Mitchell had two first-inning errors.

Post 18 responded in the bottom of the first with two runs, including one on a two-out single from Miller. Mitchell hit into double plays in the second and third innings, while Minot had an eight-run fifth for its 10-run lead.

Neugebauer was 2-for-3 in the game, Jared Schmit had a double in the third and Cavanaugh had a two-out single in the first that led to a run. Josh Schmidt also recorded two walks.

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Norden said because there are only 12 players on the roster, some players are taking game time for granted, which he said showed in the second leg of the doubleheader.

"When we've got a couple of guys that have the lackluster attitude, our hands are tied," said Norden, whose team is back in action for one nine-inning game at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Yankton. "If we had 18 guys and a little bit of competition, guys would be scratching and clawing for playing time to see the field."

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Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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