Timely hitting, strong pitching help Mitchell Post 18 split with Sioux Falls East

Mitchell hosts six home games this week at Cadwell Park

Mitchell Post 18's Dylan Soulek dives for a ground ball during a Legion baseball game against Sioux Falls East Post 15 on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Cadwell Park.
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MITCHELL -- Timely hitting and a strong pitching performance from Jace Larson helped the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team earn a doubleheader split on Tuesday night over Sioux Falls East.

Larson threw just 93 pitches in a complete-game effort and Jonah Schmidt had a key three-run triple to power Mitchell to a 5-4 win in the second game after Sioux Falls East won the opener 12-2.

Mitchell (7-6) trailed 4-0 in the nightcap entering the third inning but mustered their first sustained offense of the night against starter Tate Schafer when Schmidt blasted a shot to the right-center field alley to bring Mitchell to within a run. On the next pitch, he scored on a wild pitch, tying the game at 4-4.

Larson, who was on the mound when Mitchell made three errors to allow three runs to score in the second inning, settled in to allow only four hits in the game, giving up two earned runs for the night and striking out three. He only allowed one baserunner in the final four innings and had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to close the contest.

Post 18 took the lead for good in the fifth inning, with Jake Helleloid reaching base on a dropped flyball in left field and advancing to second base. After a passed ball, Helleloid scored when Mitchell’s plan for a stolen base or a rundown with runner Mason Geraets at first base ended up with Sioux Falls East throwing the ball into center field, allowing Helleloid to score easily.


Seth Muth had two hits and a run scored, with hits from Dylan Soulek, Schmidt, Helleloid and Carson Fahey.

In the first game, Mitchell’s chances struggled with keeping Sioux Falls East off the basepaths, where East had 16 hits as part of an early 6-0 lead after two innings and finished with 15 men left on base. Schmidt started on the mound and threw three innings, with six hits and six runs allowed with eight walks. Lukas Bennett threw the final four innings with 10 hits allowed, six runs and a pair of strikeouts.

Muth had a pair of hits and a run scored, while Soulek and Helleloid both had RBIs in the sixth inning to continue the game and avoid the 10-run rule. Helleloid finished with two hits.

In Game 1, Sioux Falls East’s (11-5) Myles Rees had a pair of triples and a complete-game effort on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out five. Jackson Boe also had three hits.

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