Gillette keeps Mitchell Post 18 in check in home finale

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Jul. 8—Mitchell Post 18 fell into a 7-0 hole Wednesday night in its final regular-season home game of the American Legion baseball season and dropped a 7-2 decision to Gillette, Wyoming at Cadwell Park.

Already leading 2-0, Gillette got hot in the fifth to break open a previously low-scoring game. The Riders tallied five base hits to expand its lead to 7-0. For the game, Mitchell allowed 13 hits and committed three errors.

Mitchell would respond in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Helleloid was walked while the bases were loaded to get Mitchell on the scoreboard and Seth Muth singled in the infield to bring home Dylan Soulek.

Mitchell Post 18 recorded just four hits in the game. Soulek had two while Jonah Schmidt and Muth had one each.

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Mitchell coach Luke Norden said the team is still working on consistency and making plays to give themselves a chance.

"We just need a couple of guys to step in there and rope a ball and then it kind of gets contagious ... but playing hot in the wrong direction is contagious too," Norden said.

Mitchell was on a four-game winning streak heading into the last week of June, but has now lost three of their last four games.

Given it was Mitchell's final home regular-season game, Post 18's four seniors — Jacob Schumacher, Nick Lord, Parker Bollinger, and Tate Ellwein — were recognized before the game. Norden credited these seniors' dedication and effort this entire season.

"The time commitment and effort that they've put into the program means the most to me," Norden said. "This group of guys show up early, leave late, and do all the little things. They're really good role models and they care about their teammates."

Landon Waddell took the loss for Mitchell pitching two innings. He allowed three hits and one run, but struck out three. Jace Larson also pitched two innings allowing four hits and one run, striking out two. Jackson Ebert, Seth Muth, and Dylan Soulek all pitched one inning as well.

Norden said the team didn't want to overwork any pitchers ahead of this weekend's tournament.

"We were trying to make sure pitchers didn't throw much tonight with our games coming up this weekend, but I thought our guys did a good job on the mound," Norden said.

Mitchell Post 18 (13-22) travels to Minnesota for the Gopher Classic this weekend, playing five games over three days in St. Paul. On Friday, Mitchell will play Eagan (Minn.) at 9 a.m., followed by Bellevue East (Neb.) at 11:30 a.m. On Saturday, Mitchell plays back-to-back games against Excelsior No. 2 (Minn.) and Rogers (Minn.), starting at 2 p.m. Post 18 closes pool play on Sunday against Mankato (Minn.) National at 9 a.m.

If Mitchell wins its pool, it would play in the Round of 16 on Monday.

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