Twins run-rule West to stay alive at state

The Post 20 Twins defeated West 18-8 on Sunday in the American Legion AA State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.


The Twins bounced back from a tourney-opening, 6-0 loss to Eagle River on Saturday. Post 20, the top seed, continues play in the loser's bracket today with a 12:15 p.m. contest against No. 7 seed Service at Mulcahy. The Twins split with Service in league play this year.

"They were disgusted with the way things went yesterday," Twins head coach Gary Oliver said of his team. "They were shut out, I think, for the first time all year.

"They weren't ready to give up and go home. They wanted to make a statement and they did that today."

After getting just five hits Saturday, the Twins got 16 hits in just seven innings Sunday. Post 20 also drew 11 walks. The game was shortened to seven innings because the Twins went up by 10 runs.

With a potentially long trip through the loser's bracket ahead, Oliver said it was nice to keep his pitchers from having to throw a few extra innings.

"We did save an inning or two, at least," Oliver said. "It would have been nice to put it away earlier, but we'll be OK."

Three Twins had three hits. Jake Darrow was 3 for 4 with four runs, Josiah Covey was 3 for 5 with three runs and three RBI, and Max Hegge was 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI.

AJ Hull also filled up the stat column, going 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBI.

Also for the Twins, Hector Rivera had three runs, Shayne Miller had three RBI and Ethan Oliver had two RBI.

"Even today, we had one or two slip-ups we don't normally make on defense," Oliver said. "In baseball, teams can go into lulls. This would be a terrible time to go into a lull, and I hope we shook it off today."

Tay Harling gave the Twins a solid start on the mound. He pitched the first four innings and gave up just two hits and no runs. He walked six and struck out three.

Dallas Pierren gave up eight runs — seven earned — in 2 1-3 innings. Miles Jones pitched the last two-thirds of an inning and gave up no runs and no hits.

"Tay came in and did what he needed to do," Oliver said. "Since we lost the first game, we have a longer row to hoe. We're going to need everybody to contribute on the mound."