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Post 18 splits doubleheader against Pierre

Mitchell Post 18 took the second game of a Legion baseball doubleheader against Pierre at Cadwell Park on Friday. Post 18's comeback effort in Game 1 fell short as Pierre won 7-4 in eight innings, but it salvaged the doubleheader with a 9-1 win t...

Mitchell Post 18's Logan Sparks swings at a pitch against Pierre at Cadwell Park on Friday. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)
Mitchell Post 18's Logan Sparks swings at a pitch against Pierre at Cadwell Park on Friday. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

Mitchell Post 18 took the second game of a Legion baseball doubleheader against Pierre at Cadwell Park on Friday.

Post 18's comeback effort in Game 1 fell short as Pierre won 7-4 in eight innings, but it salvaged the doubleheader with a 9-1 win to end the day.

Post 18 racked up 12 hits and scored four runs in the third and three more in the sixth during the second game.

Mitchell also didn't commit an error in either game.

"Drew Kitchens did an awesome job in the second game up the middle," said Post 18 manager Luke Norden.

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Peyton Nash led Post 18 at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Jared Miller, Sam Michels and Drew Kitchens each added two hits, while Miller and Michels both had an RBI.

"We just had a couple of guys, Jared Miller in particular, that gave us a spark offensively and defensively," Norden said. "I think Jared did a really good job just spark plugging us and getting guys energized to run the bases hard."

Baley Miller threw a complete game, allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk. He struck out two batters.

"He pounded the strike zone tonight," Norden said. "He did a really good job just throwing strikes. They weren't really aggressive at the plate, especially on first-pitch strikes, so he took advantage of that."

In Game 1, Post 18 was held without a hit in the final three innings, leading to Pierre scoring the three winning runs in the eighth.

Brady Hawkins and Nash each had two hits and an RBI, while Logan Sparks and Jared Miller both added a hit. As a team, Pierre outhit Mitchell 8-6.

Nash suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs, five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. Nash didn't allow a run through his fist three frames. Kitchens started and lasted 3 2/3 innings as he gave up four earned runs.

"We could've been better in the first game had our pitchers (pounded the strike zone)," Norden said. "We threw way too many pitches in the first game."

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Mitchell Post 18 (15-19) hosts Sturgis for a 1 p.m. doubleheader today, then hosts Sioux Falls East at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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