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Former Mitchell player Jed Schmidt goes 4-5 as Mount Vernon defeated Redfield 9-7 in a wild game from the state amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell.
Video courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic

Jed Schmidt puts some left-handed pop in the Mt. Vernon lineup
Aug 4, 2017

By Rich Winter

A few weeks ago recently graduated Mitchell baseball player, Jed Schmidt got the call from Mt. Vernon coach, Deric Denning, asking him if he wanted to play for Mt. Vernon in the upcoming state amateur tournament. Schmidt just got done playing for the Mitchell Legion team that finished 2nd in the state American Legion Tournament, and after talking with Schmidt, he eagerly agreed to play. 


Thrilled to be asked, Schmidt cordially played the I'll do anything I can to help the team card. 


"Originally when Denny called I told him I'd pinch run, pinch hit or come out of the bullpen or whatever he needed," Schmidt said.


The Mitchell prep player normally pitches and plays centerfield but when Denning called back and told him he would be starting in right field, Schmidt was ready and raring to go as a starter. 


"I know these guys, they are cool about me playing and fine with it as long as I'm producing," Schmidt said. 


Well, Schmidt, one of four Post 18 Legion pick-up players on Mount Vernon, was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and four stolen bases to cap a tremendout performance in his first state amateur performance. 



On his performance today, Schmidt said he was looking for a certain pitch. 


"He threw a lot of fastballs and I was looking to jump on that fastball and hit the ball on a line," Schmidt said. 


While Schmidt got up and threw in the bullpen Friday, he doesn't expect to get a start anytime soon, but maintains the mantra of 'I'll do whatever the team needs.'


"I was throwing in the middle of the game today. I'm not going to start but if they need me I'm ready to go," Schmidt said. 


Mount Vernon advances to the second round of the state amateur where they will play next week.


just a reminder but every game of the state amateur tournamnet will be webcast at www.liveticket.tv







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