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Post 18 sweeps Winner

Post 18's Calvin Hegg fields a grounder to short as Winner/Colome's Andrew Laprath dodges the ball running to third during the second game of a doubleheader on Friday at Cadwell Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team spent a lot of Friday's doubleheader against Winner/Colome in the dugout.

That's because Post 18 were racking up the hits and scoring runs. Mitchell scored in every inning except two to earn a doubleheader sweep 10-0 (five innings) and 15-2 (five innings) at Cadwell Park.

"I was really happy with the two-out runs we scored tonight," Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said. "We weren't trying to force things too much."

In Game One, Mitchell jumped out in front early, scoring nine runs in the first three innings. Mitchell scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by an inside-the-park home run by Spencer Neugebauer that cleared the bases.

Neugebauer finished the game 2-for-3 with five RBIs, while Baley Miller added two hits and two RBIs.

On the mound, Jared Miller earned the win, tossing a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and four walks.

"I was just throwing strikes, getting the ball in play and using the defense," Jared Miller said. "We had quick innings and got in the dugout. We wanted to get a win right away."

Post 18 finished the game with nine hits and no errors, while Winner/Colome committed six errors in the loss. Ty Bolton took the loss for Winner/Colome and Drew DeMers had the team's lone hit.

Mitchell's strong hitting carried over in the second game as Post 18 plated eight runs in the first inning and added six more in the second inning to lead 14-0 after two innings.

Elijah Pommer went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Bryce Geraets added a hit and three RBIs. Jed Schmidt and Koby Larson each had two hits.

"We want to put together back-to-back-to-back quality at-bats," Norden said. "You don't have to get a hit, just quality at-bats stacked up on each other. That was nice to see."

Ryland DeVries picked up the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks in four innings pitched.

"Guys that didn't throw that well last week, came back and threw better this week," Norden said about the starting pitchers. "There was a lot more focus on making pitches and forcing guys to put the ball in play."

For Winner/Colome, Levi McLanahan took the loss, allowing eight runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks in one inning pitched. DeMers added two hits and a run scored, while Kelly O'Bryan had a hit and a run scored in the loss.

Mitchell (10-9) will host Gillette (Wyo.) in a nine-inning game at 6 p.m. on Monday at Cadwell Park. Winner/Colome (6-5) plays Valentine (Neb.) on Wednesday in Valentine, Nebraska.

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