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American Legion Twins defeat Edmonton (Alberta)

Twins take fifth in tourney, title goes to Ohio squad

Posted: July 8, 2011 - 8:00am  |  Updated: July 8, 2011 - 9:43am
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American Legion Twins' first baseman Kevin Rowe makes a catch for an out against the Spruce Grove White Sox in the seventh inning Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.  M. Scott Moon
M. Scott Moon
American Legion Twins' first baseman Kevin Rowe makes a catch for an out against the Spruce Grove White Sox in the seventh inning Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The River Bandits of Napoleon (Ohio) defeated Las Vegas 6-0 in the championship game of the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Thursday. The game went seven innings.

Napoleon finishes 4-0 in the three-day tournament, outscoring its opponents 39-1. Las Vegas settles for second at 3-1.

In other Thursday action, the American Legion Twins secured a 6-5 victory in seven innings over the Spruce Grove White Sox of Edmonton (Alberta) at Seymour Park.

The Twins, who forfeited a game Wednesday against Bartlett, finish the tournament at 1-3 for fifth place. Edmonton finished in sixth at 1-3, with its lone win coming 7-3 against the Twins on Tuesday.

On Thursday for the Twins, Josiah Covey was 2 for 3 and knocked in the tying run with a triple in the top of the seventh. Kevin Rowe notched the go-ahead run with an RBI single.

"The boys really played well over the past two days," Oliver said, adding Thursday's win was especially sweet because it avenged the Tuesday loss to Edmonton. "Right after that game when we were talking, we said, ‘We can play with these teams.' We were glad we got to play them again. The boys proved us right, that we could play with them."

The Twins used five pitchers - Dallas Pierren, Mason Kanakis, Shayne Miller, Ethan Oliver and AJ Hull. Hull earned the win, entering the game with two outs in the fifth and closing it out.

Hull also was 2 for 3 with two runs.

"We feel pretty good about it," Gary Oliver said of the tournament, in which the Twins would have finished 2-2 had it not been for Wednesday's forfeit.

In other Thursday action, Service defeated Bartlett 6-0 in seven innings behind the pitching of Matt Yandell and Lucas LaPointe.

Service finishes the tournament 2-2 in third place, while Bartlett ends 1-3 in fourth place. Bartlett's lone win came by forfeit Wednesday against the Twins.

Yandell started the game and earned the win for Service, pitching four innings, while LaPointe closed the door with three innings of relief. The Service pitchers were aided by three double plays.

"The pitching and defense were the story line today, so give them credit," Service coach Steve Nerland said.

Twins 6, Edmonton 5
Twins 100 102 2 - 6 7 3
Edmonton 010 130 0 - 5 4 1
Pierren, Kanakis (3) and Miller, Miller (4), Oliver (5), Hull (5) and Morrison; Wilson, Wheatley (6) and Wedgewood. W - Hull. L - Wheatley. 2B - Covey, Wilson; 3B - Covey. LOB - Twins 9, Edmonton 6.

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