The American Legion Twins beat Chugiak twice last season to win the American Legion state championship. Host Chugiak returned the favor with less on the line Wednesday, sweeping the Twins to send the local nine to 2-3 in the league and 2-6 overall.
The Twins lost the first, and league, game 6-3 in nine innings. Twins starter Brandon Mahle was solid in six innings in taking the hard-luck loss, giving up four hits and striking out nine. Just one of the five runs he gave up was earned. The Twins committed four errors in the sixth inning.
Kenny Griffen finished up, pitching the last two innings and giving up an earned run on three hits while striking out one.
Hector Rivera was 1 for 2 with a stolen base and a run, while Ethan Oliver was 1 for 2 with a stolen base. Dallas Pierren was 1 for 4 with two RBIs and a run, while Colin Corsetti was 1 for 4.
In the second game, the Twins lost 11-8 in seven innings. Mitchell Daugherty started and yielded three runs — one earned — in two innings. Zach Haning pitched the next three and allowed two runs, while Oliver yielded four runs in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss. Pierren got the final out for the Twins.
On offense, Pierren was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run, Griffen was 2 for 4 with a run, Brian Rowe was 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run, and Josh Darrow was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run.
The Twins stay on the road, playing a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader with Dimond on Saturday and a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader with South on Sunday.