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Friday, August 8
Game Eleven


Mitchell remains undefeated as Post 320's pitching struggles

Brad Winkelman delivers a pitch in Friday night's game between Post 320 and Mitchell.

    ABERDEEN -- After giving up the first run of the game in the bottom half of the first inning, Mitchell Post 18 rebounded to score the next eleven runs of the game to capture their third victory of the 2008 State "A" American Legion Baseball Tournament, as they defeated Rapid City Post 320 11-5 in the match-up of the two remaining undefeated teams.
    Mitchell reached base early and often in the game, as a total of 28 hitters reached base in the nine-inning contest. Despite having all of those baserunners, however, Mitchell only converted 11 of those 28 into runs, and left a total of 14 runners on base. Mike Larson led the offensive efforts for Mitchell with three hits, while his brother Kyle reached base a total of five times. Post 320 didn't help themselves any either, as they committed four errors throughout the game.
    Post 18's Larson brothers combined to pitch the entire game on the mound, as they limited Post 320 to just two runs before a late, ninth-inning rally. Post 320 was limited to just six hits over the first eight innings, and had opportunities to score as they also drew nine walks, but ended up leaving 11 of their own runners on base.
    Post 320 will now face Aberdeen in a loser-out game at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday afternoon, while Mitchell will face Post 22 with a chance to eliminate the perennial powerhouse at 5:30 P.M.