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Mitchell offense powers Post 18 to split doubleheader sweep

Mitchell closes homestand with record of 8-3

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Mitchell Post 18's Lincoln Bates runs to third base during a Legion baseball game against Libby, Montana on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Cadwell Park.
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MITCHELL — Another day, another doubleheader sweep for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team.

After scoring 26 runs in a Wednesday sweep of Watertown, Mitchell’s offense got to work early against Libby (Mont.) to win 18-0 in five innings and feasted at the plate against Gillette (Wyo.) in a 10-1 win to claim both ends of a split doubleheader.

Mitchell (11-6) won the last five games of its six games at Cadwell Park this week and in all, it ends an 8-3 homestand for Mitchell that dates back to June 7

In the opener, Mitchell had seven extra-base hits, including three from Lincoln Bates, who had a double and two triples for three RBIs in the win and Post 18 finished with 16 hits in all. Dylan Soulek had three hits, including a triple and a double, with three runs scored, while Jonah Schmidt and Riley McGinnis each had two hits with a double apiece.

All of the offense was plenty of cushion for starter Peyton Schroeder, who allowed only two hits and struck out six in a five-inning complete game. Libby (4-16) had hits from Tripp Zhang and Dylan Buckner in the loss, with Aydan Williamson taking the loss allowing six hits, seven runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings of work.

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Against Gillette, Mitchell had just six hits but scored four runs in the third and fifth innings of the game. Dylan Soulek, who pitched six innings and allowed just one run through six innings of work with seven strikeouts, powered the offense with three RBIs. Brock Sparks drove in a pair of runs and scored twice, as did Jake Helleloid and Landon Waddell. Mitchell drew 11 walks, including three from Seth Muth. Mason Geraets threw a clean seventh inning for Post 18 in the win with two strikeouts.

Gillette (29-10), which had won seven games in a row prior to Thursday, had two hits from Dominic Hecker, with Aiden Petersen taking the loss on the mound as one of four pitchers in the game for the Riders.

After 11 games at home, Mitchell is now scheduled for 11 straight road games, starting on Monday, June 20 at Aberdeen for two games at Fossum Field. Post 18 will play at Huron on June 21 and at Sturgis on June 23 before five games at Gillette, Wyoming’s tournament starting June 24.

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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