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Post 18 swept in Gillette

GILLETTE--Mitchell Post 18 lost two games against the Gillette (Wyoming) Riders in two different fashions on Friday. In Game 1, Mitchell was blanked 10-0 and lost 2-1 in the nightcap of the Legion baseball doubleheader at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

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GILLETTE-Mitchell Post 18 lost two games against the Gillette (Wyoming) Riders in two different fashions on Friday. In Game 1, Mitchell was blanked 10-0 and lost 2-1 in the nightcap of the Legion baseball doubleheader at Hladky Memorial Stadium.

In Game 2, Post 18 (3-4) battled back from an early deficit but ultimately lost, 2-1.

Jared Miller started and threw all 6 1/3 innings for Post 18. Gillette scored two runs (one earned) on two hits and seven walks. Miller struck out three batters, as well.

Mitchell coach Luke Norden said it was the best Miller has thrown all year-high school or Legion.

"He had only thrown like 60-some pitches going into the seventh inning," Norden said. "He was just real efficient and had command of all of his pitches. He just did an outstanding job for us."

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But the Post 18's bats couldn't complement Miller. Both teams had two hits, while Gillette committed two errors to Post 18's one.

The Riders scored first, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Mason Powell hit an RBI single.

Post 18 scored its only run of the game in the fifth thanks to a Gillette error on a Baley Miller bunt. But Caleb Driskill walked with bases loaded in the seventh to give Gillette the win.

Brady Hawkins and Drew Kitchens had the only hits for Mitchell. Max Schoenfelder drew a walk in the third.

"We were just beating the ball into the ground," Norden said about the offense. "The wind was blowing in. I don't know if that was mindset guys had because the wind was blowing in. We didn't hit any line drives. We hit a couple decent balls to right field, but the right fielder was playing back on the warning track because the wind was carrying out to right field. The balls we did hit well to the outfield got caught out there and everything else we just beat into the ground on ground balls."

In Game 2, Post 18 committed four errors in the first loss, which helped Gillette score three runs in each the first, second and fifth innings. Gillette added another run in the fourth.

Calvin Hegg received the loss. He gave up 10 runs (six earned), seven hits and four walks over four innings.

At the plate, Gillette outhit Post 18 8-3. The Riders drew three more walks than Post 18, too.

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Post 18 managed three hits. Austin Kerr and Koby Larson, the top-two hitters in Post 18's lineup, each went 1-for-2. Jordan Dirkes had Post 18's other hit, while Sam Michels drew a walk.

Post 18 has a doubleheader at Rapid City Post 22 today, with the first game starting at 5 p.m. Mitchell also plays at Rapid City Post 320 on Sunday.

"We are going to have to pitch the ball like Jared threw," Norden said. "For us right now offensively with the way we are doing things, we are going to have to throw the ball really well every single game to give ourselves a chance to win. Because we are not going to outscore many folks right now."

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