Dimond notches sweep of Twins

AJ Hull of the Twins hits a grounder in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s second game against Dimond.

The Twins were swept in their American Legion home opener by Dimond on Tuesday in Kenai.

Dimond finished runner-up at the recently concluded state high school baseball tournament, while the Twins, who draw players from all over the Kenai Peninsula, only had a week of practice.

The disparity showed.

“It’s just going to take some time to get all of these guys playing together,” Twins head coach Gary Oliver said. “They’re coming from four or five different high schools.”

Both games were scheduled for seven innings, but only went five innings due to the mercy rule. The Twins lost the first, which was played at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, 12-2. The second, played at the Kenai Little League fields, was an 11-0 Lynx triumph.

The first game, the conference affair, had a promising start for the home nine. Ethan Oliver started and pitched three scoreless innings for the Twins. Kevin Rowe and Dylan Morrison had RBIs as the Twins took a 2-0 lead into the fourth on Dimond starter and winner Payton Lauwers.

“We were playing an excellent ballgame,” Gary Oliver said. “Ethan only threw 45 pitches in the first three innings. Then after that, the wheels came off.”

Ethan Oliver got in trouble in the fourth and was relieved by Robert Cockrell. Dimond ended up scoring 12 runs in the frame, with five credited to Oliver and seven to Cockrell. Tay Harling pitched a scoreless fifth for the Twins.

AJ Hull was 1-for-3 with a run for the Twins, while Josiah Covey was 2-for-3 with a run.

The Lynx dominated the second game behind starter and winner Grant Remmer. He pitched all five innings and gave up just three runners — hits by Hector Rivera and Ben Barton, and a hit batsman by Covey.

Dimond also received two-run homers from Cory Clevenger and Matt Pritchard.

Harling started for the Twins and gave up seven runs in two innings. Kevin Rowe gave up four runs in two innings, while Rivera pitched a scoreless fifth.

Gary Oliver said a bright side for the day was his squad’s defense. The Twins only committed four errors, and Oliver said none were costly.

The Lynx managed to play error-free ball, burnishing their image as one of the state’s top teams.

“I’ve been around for several years on this American Legion level and you don’t see many error-free games,” Oliver said.

The Twins travel to South for a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader in Anchorage on Friday. The Wolverines are the state high school champions.

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