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Post 18 closes road trip with 3-2 record at Wyoming tournament

Mitchell Post 18 defeated teams from Monarch (Colo.), Spokane (Wash.) and Gillette (Wyo.), with both losses coming to Gallatin Valley (Mont.).

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Across a weekend featuring five games against teams from four different states, including one rematch, Mitchell Post 18 emerged from the Hladky Memorial Tournament with a 3-2 record.

With the weekend’s performance, Mitchell Post 18 has now won 13 of its last 16 contests.

Here are the results of each game Mitchell played in Wyoming, starting with the most recent contest:

Sunday, June 26

Gallatin Valley (Mont.) 12, Mitchell 4 (5 inn.)

Post 18’s final action of the tournament was a rematch of a contest from Day 1, and just as was the case on Friday, Mitchell was bested by Gallatin Valley on Sunday afternoon, this time in five innings.

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Gallatin Valley broke the game open in the third inning with five runs to take a 7-2 lead, before adding four more runs in the fourth.

Jonah Schmidt recorded two hits and scored two runs, while Seth Muth and Dylan Soulek had one hit and one run apiece. Jace Larson also had two hits in the contest. Jake Helleloid was credited with the loss, tossing three innings with five strikeouts and six walks.

Brody Ayers and Brody Jones each had multiple hits and multiple runs scored to lead Gallatin Valley, as Bo Hays got the win on the mound with a four-strikeout performance in 2 2/3 innings.

Saturday, June 25

Mitchell 5, Spokane (Wash.) 2

To start Day 2, Mitchell scored all its runs in the fourth inning and after to take down Spokane.

Post 18 was out-hit six to eight in the contest, but managed four extra-base hits (three doubles, one triple), while all of Spokane’s hits were singles.

Jonah Schmidt accounted for two of those six hits, both doubles, which drove in a pair of runs. Jace Larson also had two hits, Hudson Haley and Brock Sparks each had an RBI and Dylan Soulek scored twice. Landon Waddell pitched a seven-inning complete game, striking out six and walking five on 95 pitches.

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For Spokane, seven different players recorded a hit, led by two base knocks off the bat of Joe Griffey. Isaac Nessbitt took the loss, though he struck out nine with four walks across six innings.

Mitchell 6, Gillette (Wyo.) 5

Post 18 ended its second day of play by edging the hometown team by a single run. This time it was the sixth inning before Mitchell put any runs on the board, but three in the sixth and seventh inning was just enough to hold off a matching three-run final frame from Gillette.

Seven Post 18 players notched one hit in the contest, but it was three RBIs by Mason Geraets — two on a sixth-inning double and the third on a seventh-inning sacrifice fly — that stood out. Seth Muth, Jake Helleloid and Riley McGinnis each had one RBI, with Muth and Helleloid also scoring runs. Jace Larson picked up the win in 6 1/3 innings, with Lincoln Bates recording a two-out save.

Cory Schilling paced Gillette with two hits and three RBIs, with Leighton Holden pitching six innings with five strikeouts and four walks in the loss.

Friday, June 24

Mitchell 10, Monarch (Colo.) 0

Post 18 started its weekend with an emphatic victory, needing just four offensive innings to pick up a five-inning win via the 10-run rule.

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Both Seth Muth and Dylan Soulek went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a total of six runs. Jonah Schmidt drove in two runs as well while Peyton Mandel and Lukas Bennett scored two runs apiece. Schmidt earned the win for Post 18, striking out seven batters and only allowing three hits in 4 2/3 innings, as he combined with Mason Geraets to shut out Monarch.

Gallatin Valley (Mont.) 2, Mitchell 1

A seventh-inning run provided the final margin, as Gallatin Valley slipped past Post 18, which split its opening-day games.

Brock Sparks went 2-for-3 while Soulek and Jake Helleloid had one hit each. Soulek scored the lone run for Post 18, as Jace Larson hit a sacrifice bunt that brought Soulek home in the fourth inning. Peyton Schroder pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.

Gallatin Valley’s Reid Woodward drove in what would stand as the game-winning run in the seventh, while Brody Ayers had the sixth-inning RBI. Marcus Holden struck out five and walked just one in a complete-game win.

Following the flurry of games in Wyoming, Mitchell Post 18 (17-8) returns home to host a doubleheader against Pierre on Wednesday, June 29.

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