Mitchell Post 18 scores win to cap Veterans Classic, end slide

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Jun. 6—RAPID CITY — After a winless start to the Veterans Classic, Mitchell Post 18 finished with a victory Sunday.

Mitchell lost its first five games of the tournament, but scored a 12-3 win over Rapid City Post 320 on Saturday to snap an eight-game skid. Post 18 lost a 10-2 tilt with Rapid City Post 22 Hardhats Friday and then dropped a pair of one-run games Saturday. It lost a 5-4 game to Laurel, Montana and then a 3-2 contest against Gillette, Wyoming.

Finishing strong

Against Post 320, Mitchell scored seven runs in the third inning to come back from an early 3-0 deficit, sparked by a two-run single by Jake Helleloid.

Helleloid finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Carson Fahey went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Jonah Schmidt went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Dylan Soulek allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out four in five innings.

Rapid City's Isaac Phillips and Caden Benke surrendered eight earned runs on 10 hits and four walks, while striking out four.

Early lead wiped away

Schmidt hit a two-run home run in the first inning against the Hardhats, but did not have enough offense to keep pace Friday. Branson Kuehl and Peyton Tipton both hit dingers as Post 22 accumulated five extra-base hits in the win. Tipton went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Harrison Good knocked in three runs.

Brady Brosz took the loss on the mound, allowing seven earned runs on six hits and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings. Jake Goble allowed two earned runs on three hits and recorded nine strikeouts in six innings for the Hardhats.

Seventh-inning struggles

Mitchell scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead, but the Laurel 406 Flyers scored three unanswered runs, including RBI singles by Dalton Boehler and Trey Gunther in the top of the seventh inning. Post 18 had runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh, but could not score a run.

Schmidt, Mason Geraets and Tate Ellwein each had RBIs, while Riley McGinnis went 2-for-2 in the contest. Landon Waddell allowed three earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings of work.

Three Flyer pitchers allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks.

Shortly after surrendering the game-winning run in the seventh, Gillette stunned Mitchell on a walk-off RBI double by Joey Sturdevant.

Brock Sparks and Joe Van Overschelde had RBIs for Mitchell, while Ty Neugebauer went 2-for-3. Schmidt surrendered two earned runs on four hits and three walks, striking out eight in six innings.

Jason Fink went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Riders, while Matt Newlin allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out nine in a complete-game win.

Mitchell travels to Pierre for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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