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Post 18 stays alive against Sioux Falls East

PIERRE -- Mitchell Post 18's season isn't done yet. It took down Sioux Falls East Post 15 4-2 on Friday to advance to Saturday in the Class A Legion baseball state tournament. "We were way more motivated than I thought (Sioux Falls) East was," Po...

Drew Kitchens throws to first and avoids Matt Hedeen, of Sioux Falls East, to complete the double play in the second inning of a Class A Legion baseball state tournament game on Friday in Pierre. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)
Drew Kitchens throws to first and avoids Matt Hedeen, of Sioux Falls East, to complete the double play in the second inning of a Class A Legion baseball state tournament game on Friday in Pierre. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

PIERRE -- Mitchell Post 18’s season isn’t done yet.

It took down Sioux Falls East Post 15 4-2 on Friday to advance to Saturday in the Class A Legion baseball state tournament.

“We were way more motivated than I thought (Sioux Falls) East was,” Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said. “Just watching before the game, I could tell our guys were really more concerned about being here (on Friday).”

Mitchell’s offense got off to a quick start as it loaded the bases with one out in the first. Peyton Nash and Carter Max were both retired to end the inning, though.

Post 18 broke through in the second inning. Koby Larson hit a leadoff single and was moved to third when Baley Miller reached on an error by Sioux Falls East’s pitcher, Jake Smith. A batter later, Drew Kitchens singled both runners in to give Post 18 a 2-0 lead. Sam Michels, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, singled in Kitchens with two outs later in the inning.

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Mitchell finished with 10 hits, but it wasn’t able to score again until Carson Max scored on a Michels’ groundout in the sixth.

Post 18 kept its lead thanks to starting pitcher Jared Miller keeping Sioux Falls’ offense in check. He allowed two earned runs and two hits, while striking out four and walking five over five innings. However, his walks got him into trouble at times.

Sioux Falls loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Alex Fuhs hit into a double play to end the inning. Post 15 also drew two straight walks to start the fourth, but Miller forced two flyouts and struck out Cyler Melvin.

Sioux Falls’ only runs came in the fifth when it drew two walks and Matt Hedeen singled to start the inning. It scored on a fielder’s choice and sacrifice fly, but Miller left without allowing any more damage.

Koby Larson threw the last two innings, striking out one without allowing a run or hit. At the plate, Austin Kerr and Larson both had two hits.

Check out mitchellrepublic.com and Saturday’s edition of The Daily Republic for a complete recap.

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