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Kenai's Robert Cockrell delivers a pitch in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday against Service Post 28 at Kosinski No. 4 in Anchorage.

Twins split doubleheader with Service

Posted: June 23, 2012 - 9:04pm  |  Updated: June 23, 2012 - 10:38pm

The Post 20 Twins split a doubleheader with Service on Saturday.

Both games were seven innings. The Twins lost the first game — the American Legion conference game — 3-1. Despite 11 errors, the Twins pulled off a 21-18 victory in the second game.

The Twins are now 8-4 overall and 4-2 in the league.

While the Twins were able to claim the victory in the second game despite 11 errors, a few errors were costly in the first game.

Brandon Mahle got the start and went 4 1-3 innings, giving up three runs — one earned — on three hits while walking seven and striking out one. Robert Cockrell pitched the last 2 2-3 innings, giving up one hit.

“We had good pitching, but our kids were not there,” Twins assistant Hector Rivera said. “They were playing pretty flat.”

Matt Yandell got the start for Service and went five innings, giving up two hits and no runs while walking two and striking out three.

Jake Ridley pitched the final two innings, giving up a hit and a run while walking four and striking out three.

Brian Rowe was 1 for 4 for the Twins, while Hector Rivera was 1 for 3 with a stolen base, and Shayne Miller was 1 for 3 with a run.

In the second game, Cockrell pitched the first three innings and earned the win. He gave up four hits and seven runs — four earned — while striking out five.

Mitchell Daugherty then came in and pitched one-third of an inning, giving up two hits and four runs — three earned. Daugherty walked two.

Tay Harling pitched the final 3 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs — five earned. Harling walked five and struck out one.

While everybody got a hit, the defense left something to be desired.

“We gave up seven unearned runs,” Rivera said. “That’s never good.”

On offense, Tommy Bowe was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI, Max Hegge was 1 for 5 with three RBI, Daugherty was 1 for 3 with two RBI, and Zack Mese was 4 for 4 with three RBI and a stolen base.

The Twins were up 13-2 after the top of the fourth inning, but committed three errors in the bottom of the inning in allowing Service to tie the game. The Twins led 21-13 going into the bottom of the seventh, but gave up four errors in allowing five runs.

“We prevailed,” Rivera said. “That was the only good thing.”

The Twins play a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader today at Wasilla.
“We need to refocus on our game and take care of our business,” Rivera said. “We need to play the baseball we’re used to playing.”

In other news, four Twins made the Coaches Camp All-Star Roster. Those honored were Jake Darrow, Ethan Oliver, Hector Rivera and Mitchell Thompson.

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