The Post 20 Twins swept the Eagle River Wolves on Saturday in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, winning the first league game 14-6, and taking the second, non-league game, with a score of 8-2.
Max Hegge put up impressive numbers in league game, hitting 4 for 5, including three doubles and a triple, and three RBI.
“I was swinging at the first pitch because that’s usually the easiest pitch, and the pitcher was throwing them down the middle and they were fastballs, so I would just jump on the first pitch,” Hegge said. “We were putting hits together. It was nice, because it wasn’t just one hit at a time, it was three or four or five together.”
Eagle River got the jump early, racking up five runs in the first inning, and giving the Wolves an early 6-2 lead.
In the second inning, the Twins poured on the heat.
Hector Rivera, AJ Hull and Hegge all hit doubles to help put runners on base, and along with hits from Jake Darrow and Brian Rowe, the Twins were able to bring home six runs, giving them an 8-6 lead.
“(Eagle River) helped us,” Twins coach Gary Oliver said. “They had some errors there, but we had some errors in that first inning, that we didn’t play to our capability there. In the second inning, we knew we were down, and we were able to make something happen.”
Eagle River suffered from fielding errors, racking up 13 total.
“We’re not going to win a game with 13 errors, and we just had a long discussion about that,” Eagle River coach Gregg Frost said. “I don’t know, that was our best defense, which was staying on offense there.
“We’ve been kind of chasing our tail here lately. If it’s not errors, it’s walks, or we don’t hit or something, but we’ve losing too many one-run ball games in the last few weeks.”
Josiah Covey hit a double in the third inning to bring Hull home, and the Twins scored another plethora of runs in the sixth inning, as Hegge hit a triple for Mitchell Thompson to score. The Twins scored three runs in the sixth, and ended with two runs in the eighth.
Rivera hit 3 for 6 with two runs and an RBI, Hull was 2 for 6 with two runs, Covey went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, Thompson was 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Brian Rowe had three runs.
Brandon Mahle pitched seven innings for the Twins, recording two strikeouts.
“Our speed and our aggressive base running helps, and we’ve been preaching that all year,” Oliver said. “We’ll continue that until someone can stop it.”
In the second game of the afternoon, Eagle River again took an early lead, taking a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Twins responded once again with four runs in the bottom of the third.
Ethan Oliver hit a double to bring Ben Barton in to tie it up at one apiece, then Hull had a base hit to allow Hegge to score the tie-breaking run.
“It’s good to finally sweep a doubleheader,” Oliver said. “We all felt pretty good about that, to come back in the second, and we didn’t even start our normal lineup, it was good to see other guys step up and get it done.”
The Twins hit four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth, and two more in the sixth.
“We’re here to win,” Oliver said. “Every game is important.”
Hull led the hitting in the second game, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBI, Oliver hit his only time at bat, hitting a double with one RBI, and Hegge recorded two RBI’s.
Tay Harling pitched three innings, recording one hit, four strikeouts and one walk.
The Twins got their eight runs off of seven hits and only one error, while Eagle River had their two runs off of three hits with four errors.