Mitchell Junior Legion fights in three games at Harrisburg tournament – Mitchell Republic

HARRISBURG, SD — Offense remained difficult for the Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion baseball team in the Alex Kummer Memorial Junior Legion tournament on Friday and Saturday as the Juniors finished the weekend with a 0-3 record.

Sioux Falls Post 15 defeated Mitchell on Friday by a score of 11-6, followed by a 4-2 win over Harrisburg Gold and a 1-0 win over the Rapid City Post 320 Shooters on Saturday.

Against Sioux Falls, Mitchell finished with seven hits and four errors, unable to take full advantage of Sioux Falls’ eight errors in the game. Mitchell’s Kenden Skinner had two hits in the game, Jacob Ebert scored twice and Canon Moller drove in a pair of runs. Jaxson Hartman started the game and took the loss, pitching 4 2/3 innings with six hits, six runs (three earned) allowed, and five strikeouts. Brennen Penne pitched 2 1/3 innings with five hits, five runs allowed and three strikeouts.

In the contest against the hosts Harrisburg Gold, Mitchell was limited to three hits. Skinner drove in both runs with a two-run single in the fourth to cut the lead to 4–2. Hartman and Conor Mattke scored, and those three players had the team’s only hits of the game. Ebert started and pitched three innings, taking the loss, despite allowing just one earned run and four hits. Van Johnson pitched three scoreless innings of relief with two hits allowed.

In the Juniors’ final game on Saturday against the Shooters, with Mitchell held to one hit, a Hartman single in the first inning. The 18th place had runners on base in almost every inning, but left nine men on base.

Shooters starting pitcher Ben Thompson pitched seven innings while striking out seven. Dawson Jonnassen was strong for Mitchell on the mound, pitching a complete game and allowing seven hits, one run and striking out three.

Mitchell (1-8) returns to action on Tuesday, June 6 with a doubleheader at Pierre and at Sioux Falls East on Wednesday, June 7.

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