Walk-off win in Game 2 gives Post 18 Junior Legion split with Sioux Falls West
Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion split a doubleheader against Sioux Falls Post 15 West on Monday, dropping the first game 13-2 before winning the second, 12-11.
MITCHELL — After surrendering a 10-3 lead through two innings, the Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion was down to its final out of a five-inning contest with Sioux Falls Post 15 West.
But that’s when Kellan Odell struck, sending a ball to center field that plated Connor Singrey and Ethan Driscoll that gave Post 18 a 12-11 walk-off win to split a doubleheader on Monday evening at Cadwell Park.
The hit was Odell’s first of the game, though he was responsible for a team-high four runs batted in, while Singrey — who went 3-for-3 in the second game and scored twice — and Gavin Soukup each had two RBIs. Mitchell scored 10 of its runs in a furious second-inning outburst that saw 14 Post 18 batters step to the plate and recorded six of its eight hits for the game in the frame.
Soukup also got the win on mound after pitching 2 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, in relief of starter Tyler Sanderson, who had two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Three Post 15 players — Kaden Kirchner, Connor Davis and Grant Prouty — had multiple hits, while Ethan Swenson led the way with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Prouty took the loss pitching for Sioux Falls West, striking out four with three walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Unlike the high-scoring second contest, the first game of the day, belonged firmly to the visitors behind a late-inning surge.
Sioux Falls West scored five runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to blow open a two-run game and win, 13-2, in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Hudson Borgan notched two hits and scored both Post 18 runs, as Mitchell was limited to six hits as a team. Blake Bross pitched five innings and had one strikeout to two walks, but was credited with the loss. Mason Herman pitched two innings in relief, striking out a pair of batters.
On the other side, Prouty and Noah Verdoorn powered the Post 15 offense with three hits apiece and four total RBIs, with Kirchner and Brock Ades adding two hits each and two more RBIs. Verdoorn also recorded all but the final out, striking out three with four walks in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Post 18 Junior Legion (5-8) is in action next at the Sioux Falls Invitational Tournament, which takes place June 24-26 at Harmodon Park.