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Extra-inning walk-off win begins homestand for Post 18

Jace Larson’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the eighth pushed Mitchell Post 18 to a 6-5 win over Spearfish Post 164.

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Mitchell Post 18 center fielder Seth Muth lays down bunt during the first inning of a game against Spearfish Post 164 on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Drake Field.
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MITCHELL — It took until there were two outs for Mitchell Post 18 to get a runner on base, but once it did, it kickstarted a last-gasp rally that sent Post 18 past Spearfish Post 164, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Drake Field.

Jonah Larson and Jake Helleloid each drew a walk to start the game-ending sequence, with the pair advancing to third and second base, respectively, on a passed ball. From there, Jace Larson knocked a ball into left field, bringing home Schmidt and Helleloid for the walk-off win.

It was a welcome way for Post 18 (4-3) to begin an 11-game homestand, with five doubleheaders scheduled between June 8-16.

Mitchell wasted little time opening the scoring in Tuesday night’s contest, as a two-RBI triple off the bat of Schmidt scored Seth Muth and Dylan Soulek before a single out was recorded in the first inning. Moments later, a passed ball allowed Schmidt to trot home for a 3-0 Post 18 lead.

Post 164 didn’t respond, nor did Post 18 expand its lead, until the fifth inning. In the top half of the frame, Spearfish scored twice on bases-loaded walks with one out before a two-RBI single by Kaidon Feyereisen pushed the visitors in front, 4-3.

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A response to tie the game at four runs apiece was swift, with a Soulek sacrifice fly scoring Lincoln Bates in the bottom of the fifth.

That’s where the score remained until Noah Mollman hit a sac fly of his own in the top of the eighth to put Post 164 up 5-4, and with that lead and two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Spearfish looked poised to take a road win off Post 18. But the heart of Mitchell’s batting order had other ideas, as Post 18 manufactured the clutch offense needed to swipe the victory.

Schmidt’s hit, two runs and two RBIs led the Mitchell offense, while Larson was the only Post 18 player with multiple hits. Soulek went five innings after getting the start on the mound, during which he struck out eight batters with four walks and three hits allowed, but it was Mason Geraets who picked up the win with a three-inning relief performance.

On the mound, Cody Chapman pitched seven innings for Post 164, striking out four with five hits and two walks allowed. In addition to his two RBIs as the designated hitter, Feyereisen came in to pitch the eighth inning, where he struck out one of the first two batters before surrendering the game-winning rally. Aiden Haught had a pair of hits, both doubles, to lead Post 164 offensively.

Post 18 Junior Legion rolls past Post 164

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Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion second baseman Landen Soulek plants to throw to first base during a game against Spearfish Post 164 on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Drake Field.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

In Tuesday afternoon's Junior Legion contest, a strong response to early offense by Spearfish Post 164 carried Mitchell Post 18 to a 9-2 victory.

Post 164 took a 2-0 lead after the top half of the third inning, but Post 18 then scored in four straight innings, including three runs in both the fourth and fifth frames.

Gavin Soukup threw a 10-strikeout complete game with no walks and five hits allowed, while also boosting the Post 18 offense with two hits and one run scored. Karter Sibson, Landen Soulek and Tyler Sanderson all had one hit and at least one RBI.

Will Scharf had two hits for Spearfish, as Aiden Meverden tossed six innings, striking out five with four walks and seven hits allowed.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at ldierks@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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