All that the Post 20 Twins needed to do to win Saturday’s league game against West was to make it to the fifth inning, before Mother Nature cut it short. The Twins’ 8-1 win over the Eagles at Coral Seymour Memorial Park only consisted of 4 1/2 innings, as rain began to fall about midway through the third inning.
The game had to be postponed three hours from its original start time of 12:30 p.m., to allow enough time for the field to dry sufficiently, as there were numerous puddles of standing water left over from overnight rains.
“We worked all morning on the field, and when it did finally quit raining, we decided this would be the league game,” Post 20 coach Gary Oliver said. “We got the field in good shape and got all the water off of it.”
The teams were forced to use drying equipment to vacuum the standing puddles of water off the field earlier in the day to ready it for a doubleheader, but only the one game was played.
AJ Hull hit a two-RBI triple in the first inning to bring Jake Darrow and Hector Rivera home, and Josiah Covey hit a single that allowed Hull to score, which left the Twins with an early 3-0 lead.
Kenai produced more power in the third inning, scoring five runs. Tommy Bowe knocked out a two-RBI home run that allowed Rivera and Covey to score.
“I try to do the same thing every time, the same routine, and it was a fastball right down the middle, and I jumped on it,” Bowe said about the homer. “I didn’t think it would be gone.”
West’s only run came in the fourth inning, as Jacob Hilowitz hit a single to bring Mac Evans in to score.
Due to Legion rules and the strength of West’s feeder programs, the team played a large number of younger players, and West head coach Mark Wisthoff said an older team might have evened the score a bit, but is nevertheless satisfied.
“I’m satisfied with the progress we’ve made over the course of the year, but Kenai came out swinging the bats pretty good, they have a couple good hitters,” Wisthoff said. “They hit on our best pitcher, and we only really had one missed play.
“Had it not gone wrong, maybe we could’ve gotten into a rhythm here and put on a little offense, but our guys have come a long way.”
The soggy field likely added a few blunders that perhaps would not have been committed.
“One guy got thrown out stealing second base because he couldn’t get a solid foot underneath him, and I think our guys picked off three or four of theirs, and that’s just a product of them being unable to get a solid footing underneath them to get back to the bags,” Wisthoff said.
Oliver said the Twins had a few baserunners that slipped up as well.
“We had a couple guys picked off because of it, but that’s going to happen to both teams in these conditions, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it,” Oliver said. “Hopefully we’ll have better weather tomorrow.”
Sunday, the Twins, who now hold a 16-3 league record, will be facing up against Wasilla (13-5) on the final scheduled day of the regular season. Two other Legion games from Saturday were forced to reschedule to Monday.
“We’re hitting the ball, our pitching is working good, our defense is making the plays, and I think we can beat Wasilla,” Oliver said.