Mitchell Post 18 splits doubleheader with Pierre
Post 18 dropped the first game, 14-11, and won the second, 9-4, to run its record to 18-9.
MITCHELL — Playing at home for the first time in two weeks and ahead of another two-week away stretch, Mitchell Post 18 earned a split with a Game 2 victory over Pierre Post 8 on Wednesday night at Cadwell Park.
Pierre claimed a high-scoring Game 1, 14-11, behind a steady offensive output, while Mitchell struck early in Game 2 and was never truly threatened in a 9-4 victory.
On an evening where temperatures at first pitch soared into the triple digits, the Post 8 bats were equally hot throughout the first game of the doubleheader, as Pierre scored in every inning but the fifth and never trailed. Mitchell wasn’t far behind, as Pierre held a slim 14 to 12 edge in hitting, but a 9-2 lead after 3 1/2 innings proved to be enough in the end.
Seth Muth, Dylan Soulek, Jake Helleloid and Brock Sparks each recorded two hits for Post 18, with Helleloid’s three runs batted in leading the way. Jonah Schmidt was credited with the loss in a five-inning outing with three strikeouts to seven walks.
Four Post 8 players had multiple hits and five drove in multiple runs, paced by Brecken Krueger’s three hits and two RBIs.
Mitchell surged to a 5-0 lead partway through the second inning in Game 2 before a lightning delay threatened to cut the contest short. Action resumed after nearly an hour, with Post 18 adding four more runs to make it 9-0 after three full innings.
Pierre held Mitchell in check from there, but the damage had already been done, with Pierre only coming to within five runs on last-gasp offense in the seventh inning.
Muth, Schmidt, Sparks and Lukas Bennett had two-hit games in Game 2, as Muth and Helleloid pushed two runs across and Schmidt plated three. Soulek earned the win on the mound with a six-strikeout performance across five innings, with Peyton Schroder closing out the contest in two innings of relief work.
Pierre’s Lincoln Kienholz, who verbally committed to play college football at the University of Washington earlier in the day, had two hits and one RBI. Bennett Dean added two RBIs, while Jackson Edman and Connor Bruce combined to strike out seven batters in six innings.
Mitchell Post 18 (18-9) is on the road for a doubleheader with Yankton on Friday, July 1.