The American Legion Twins forfeited their game to Bartlett on Wednesday at the Kenai Little League fields in the second day of play at the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament.
The Twins were leading Bartlett 5-0 heading into the sixth inning of the seven-inning contest when Bartlett’s head coach pointed out that Twins head coach Gary Oliver did not put Twins pitcher Tay Harling on the official lineup card that went to the umpire and the opposing team.
The Twins were forced to forfeit the game for using an illegal player.
In other tournament action, Las Vegas defeated Edmonton (Alberta) 4-0 and Napolean (Ohio) defeated Service 9-0.
Las Vegas and Napolean will play for the tournament title at noon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park today. In other games today, Edmonton and the Twins will play at Seymour Park at 9 a.m., and Service and Bartlett will face off at noon at the Kenai Little League fields.
Oliver is in his first year coaching the Twins. He said that when he’s coaching Little League, he never uses a designated hitter. Wednesday, the Twins used a designated hitter and Oliver forgot to put Harling in the 10th slot on the lineup card as the pitcher.
He put Harling in the official score book, but that wasn’t good enough.
“It’s all on me,” Oliver said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s one of those deals that won’t happen again.”
The Twins (8-15 overall) had rebounded from a pair of losses on the opening day of the tournament to put together a solid game against Bartlett.
Harling had gotten through five innings without giving up a run and giving up just two hits.
“Tay was pitching an excellent ballgame,” Oliver said.
The Twins were up 4-0 after just two innings. Josiah Covey had three RBIs, while Ethan Oliver and Kevin Rowe each had an RBI.
“The players took it well once I explained what happened,” Oliver said. “I said, ‘Hey guys. This one’s on me. It’s my responsibility. I’m the one that cost us this one.’ Hats off to them for such a fine game.”