It may have been a beautiful sunny day in at the Kenai Little League fields on Saturday, but the Post 20 Twins were not enjoying the warm weather much early on, as they split a pair of games against Post 28 Service.
The Twins suffered from a streak of poor pitching in the second and fourth innings in the first game to lose a 14-4 contest, but returned to beat Service 2-1 in the second game. Both contests were league games, giving the Twins a 2-1 league record early in the season.
Kenai’s Ethan Oliver had a difficult time on the mound early in the first game, giving up seven walks, which resulted in five runs, in the second inning. When the third out was finally recorded, Service had ballooned its lead to 9-0.
“We just got off to a bad start,” said Twins coach Gary Oliver.
Two innings later, with Kenai’s Miles Jones on the hill, two walks were issued, but seven Service players got a hit, including a two-run homer from Ryan Caron.
At that point, Service had extended its lead to 13-0.
“We were in the same position last week, where everything that got thrown had eyes,” said Service coach Ken Wooster. “Everything was pretty decent, we were working the count and we got a decent pitch to hit and got a bat on it, and it happened in the right spot and they were able to get on base because of the walks.”
Post 20 did manage to find some momentum in the fifth inning, as Tyler Fritz, Hector Rivera, Brian Rowe and Oliver were all able to get base hits, leading to four runs scored and the gap closed. Rowe’s lone single led to two runs.
However, Service iced the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single from Conner Melton that forced the mercy rule to cut the game short.
As the teams prepared for the second game, Wooster mentioned that he knew better than to expect an easy game from the Twins, and Post 20 scored a win in fine style.
Service struck first in the fourth inning, scoring its lone run of the game, and coach Oliver described the game as a pitcher’s duel.
“Each of us had only given up one hit up until the sixth inning, so it was tight,” Oliver said.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Colin Corsetti hit an RBI double to center field, and it was Ethan Oliver that had the walk-off hit that brought Corsetti home for the victory.
Oliver hit 2 for 4 with the final RBI, Brian Rowe ended up going 2 for 3 with an RBI and Corsetti went 1 for 3 with the winning run.
Dallas Pierren pitched the first five innings for the Twins, giving up only the one run, before Tyler Covey relieved him for the sixth and seventh innings, collecting the win along the way. The Twins also left 11 of Service’s men on base.
Post 20 will continue its season on Sunday with a doubleheader with South at 12:30 p.m. at the Little League fields in Kenai.