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Twins split with Dimond

Posted: July 8, 2012 - 11:24pm

The Post 20 Twins split a doubleheader with Dimond on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Twins won the first game — the league contest — 7-4 with an eighth-inning rally. The nonleague contest went to Dimond by a score of 15-3.

The split left the Twins with a 12-2 record in the league and a 19-7 record overall.

In the first game, Dimond took a 4-0 lead after the third inning. Brandon Mahle pitched the first five innings for the Twins and gave up four runs — three earned.

Max Hegge knocked in Mitchell Thompson to cut the gap to 4-1 in the fourth.

Then came the pivotal eighth inning. The Twins had the top of their order up to start the inning, and Jake Darrow singled, Brian Rowe singled, and AJ Hull hit a triple that cleared the bases.

Thompson then had a hit to score Hull and tie the game. Other runs in the inning came on a base hit from Shayne Miller and a bunt by Ethan Oliver that scored two runs when the ball got away from the second baseman.

Darrow finished 4 for 5 in the game, while Hector Rivera was 3 for 3.

Hull pitched the final four innings and gave up a hit and no runs.

“It was quite a game up until the eighth inning, when our bats finally came alive,” Twins head coach Gary Oliver said. “The guys took control of the game and got aggressive swinging the bat and baserunning. They made good things happen.”

The Twins had 10 runs and three errors in the game, while Dimond had seven hits and five errors.

The second game belonged to the Lynx.

“We just didn’t hit the ball in the second game,” Oliver said.

The Twins were up 3-1 after the fourth inning. Tay Harling pitched the first three innings and gave up three hits and a run, but he has been sick lately and the Twins coaches did not want to push him.

Dallas Pierren gave up the lead in two innings of work.

“Dallas pitched a good two innings,” Oliver said. “Our defense let Dallas down.”

Hector Rivera and Mitchell Daugherty closed out the game.

Scoring runs in the game were Darrow, Daugherty and Pierren and Rivera.

Dimond had 10 hits and no errors in the second game, while the Twins had six hits and four errors.

The Twins play in the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament starting Tuesday. Tuesday, the Twins play Eagle River at 4 p.m. and Columbia, Tenn., at 7 p.m. Both games are at Seymour Park.

In Columbia, the Twins will see one of America’s best Legion programs. Post 19 won the Legion World Series in 2007 and just missed a berth the last two years. All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves played for Columbia.

A complete schedule of Tuesday’s games will be in Tuesday’s Clarion.

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