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Post 18 sweeps home doubleheader against Yankton

Mitchell Post 18 jumped out to a couple of early leads in its doubleheader sweep of Yankton on Thursday at Cadwell Park. Post 18 won 13-7 in Game 1, then beat Yankton 10-5 to end the night in a game it outhit Yankton 7-6. Yankton outhit Mitchell ...

Post 18's Koby Larson fields a grounder that bounced in front of Yankton's Kieren Luellman (6) for the fielder's choice before throwing to second to record the out on Luellman in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Post 18's Koby Larson fields a grounder that bounced in front of Yankton's Kieren Luellman (6) for the fielder's choice before throwing to second to record the out on Luellman in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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Mitchell Post 18 jumped out to a couple of early leads in its doubleheader sweep of Yankton on Thursday at Cadwell Park.

Post 18 won 13-7 in Game 1, then beat Yankton 10-5 to end the night in a game it outhit Yankton 7-6.

Yankton outhit Mitchell 11-9 in Game 1, but Post 18 still managed four runs in the first and fourth, along with three in the third.

Post 18’s quick start in the first was highlighted by Koby Larson, who went 2-for-4, hitting a two-RBI single. In the third, Sam Michels and Brady Hawkins drew back-to-back bases loaded walks, followed by Austin Kerr hitting an RBI single.

“The last two days when we’ve been hitting on the field, we’ve just been doing a lot more situational stuff,” Post 18 coach Luke Norden said. “So just a better knowledge of what’s going on at the plate, having a better plan was really beneficial (Thursday).”

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Jackson Sadler and Logan Sparks each had two hits, while Sparks and Kerr both had two RBIs.

Drew Kitchens’ four-inning start earned him the win as he allowed six earned runs, eight hits and six walks. He also fanned four batters. Peyton Nash gave up an earned run in three innings of work.

“We did a really good job in some innings where we let guys on base, or they got some hits. We did a really good job working out of jams,” Norden said.

Post 18 was helped by five Yankton errors in the second game. Mitchell only committed two after not committing one in Game 1.

“Carter Max has done a great job over at first base with throws,” Norden said. “On the last four games, he’s been real instrumental to have back.”

Post 18 scored in each of the first four innings, including a four-run fourth which featured a bases-clearing triple from Larson, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Sadler also had a pair of hits and drove in a run. Austin Kerr added an RBI, as well. Kitchens, Michels and Hawkins each had a hit.

Ryland DeVries got the win due to his 3 2/3-inning performance in which he allowed one earned run. Calvin Hegg started and allowed four runs (two earned) in 3 1/3 innings.

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Post 18 (14-14) plays at the Kearney/Grand Island, Neb., tournament from June 29 to July 1.

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