Twins top Warriors to finish sterling regular season

The Post 20 Twins defeated the Wasilla Road Warriors 16-9 on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to finish the regular season at 17-3 in the league and 29-8 overall.

The Twins will be the top seed in the state tournament, which starts Friday at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage. Wasilla is currently in second place in the league with a 14-6 league record and 16-10 overall record.

There was a doubleheader scheduled for Sunday, but the schedule was cut to just one game due to water on the field. Twins head coach Gary Oliver said portions of the infield were underwater in the morning, but pumps and vacuuming made the field playable by 3:30 p.m.

The Twins jumped out in front quickly, sending 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring eight runs. The highlight was a grand slam by Mitchell Thompson, who later would walk and score a run.

“It was a great way to end the season,” Oliver said. “We could have laid down because the game didn’t mean that much for out standing, but they were determined to play a good game and play Twins baseball.”

Wasilla cut the lead to 9-5 after the top of the sixth inning, but the Twins would put the game away with two runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth.

Wasilla had 18 hits and left 15 on base, but the Twins defense did not buckle under the pressure, playing an errorless game.

“We’ve got very athletic players with good speed and good arms,” Oliver said. “They can make plays when they want to and have to.”

Brandon Mahle pitched the first four innings, giving up nine hits and five earned runs while walking three and striking out one.

Josiah Covey pitched the next four innings, giving up eight hits and four runs.

Mitchell Daugherty closed out in the ninth inning, giving up a hit and no runs.

On offense, Jake Darrow was 5 for 6 with three runs, two RBI and a double; Hector Rivera had a triple, two walks, a run and three RBI; AJ Hull had a hit, three runs and an RBI; Covey had a hit, a run and two RBI; Tommy Bowe had a hit, run and RBI; Shayne Miller had two walks, two runs and two RBI; Ethan Oliver had a hit, three walks and two runs; and Mahle walked and scored.

The Twins had 11 hits.

“Our players have taken care of business on the field all year long,” Oliver said. “It’s a great bunch of guys that works hard and wants to do their best.”

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