The Post 20 Twins earned their way into the Big Miller Big Fish Tournament championship game, beating Strongsville (Ohio) 7-4 on Wednesday morning.
The Twins will play Columbia (Tenn.) today at noon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, as they hope to beat Columbia again, having done so in a 2-0 win on Tuesday.
Columbia advanced to the final after beating Castroville (Texas) 15-5 in the other semifinal.
Using a five-run sixth inning to fuel the victory, the Twins, now with a 22-7 record, out-hit Ohio 10-5, and used their suberb defense to suffocate Strongsville, which left 14 runners on base.
“The last couple days we’ve had excellent defense,” Twins coach Gary Oliver said. “The one game against Tennessee, we had no errors, and the Eagle River game we had two errors, so in three games, we’ve had only four errors.”
Jake Darrow started the scoring with a run off of a hit from AJ Hull in the first inning.
Ohio answered back with a run to tie the game, and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.
However, the Twins stormed away with the game in the sixth inning, as all nine batters came to the plate to score five runs.
Mitchell Thompson hit a 2-RBI single, bringing Hull and Josiah Covey in to score, and with two men on base, Justin Wisnewski laid down a bunt to bring Dallas Pierren home, and an error from the first basemen allowed Shane Miller to score as well. Ohio had three errors in the sixth.
“You never know, one day to the next, it’s different,” Oliver said. “When we played Tennessee, we shut them out, but we scored only two runs. (In the championship game), at least we have a better start time than nine in the morning.”
Darrow ended up hitting 2 for 4 with one RBI and run, Hull hit 2 for 4 with two runs, Covey went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI, Thompson hit 2 for 4 with two RBI and Wisnewski went 1 for 1 with one run and RBI.
Oliver said the team pitched by committee, as a number of pitchers saw time in the game.
Darrow started the first three innings, giving up only one hit, one run and getting one strikeout.
Pierren pitched two innings, with two hits, one run and two strikeouts, and Mitchell Daugherty pitched the final inning, with one hit and one strikeout.
As far as Thursday’s title game goes, “We’ll see, they’re a good team, obviously they beat Texas 15-5 today, so we have our work cut out for us,” Oliver said.
“We would love to win it, especially since it’s an outside team. It means nothing for our season or state schedule, but we’re having fun, and putting forth our best effort.”