A doubleheader on Saturday with Eagle River left the American Legion Twins feeling a little shortchanged, as they dropped the league game 6-5, and effectively fell off the cliff in the second, nonleague, game by a margin of 19-2, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The Twins’ record now stands at 5-5 in the league and 7-10 overall.
It took eight innings and three lead changes to determine a winner in the first game, which was decided on a walk from Eagle River pitcher Trent Talley with the bases loaded, allowing Mike Rosenberg to score from third base. The run gave the Wolves a 5-4 lead, which they would not relinquish. Kyle Frost’s single scored RJ Dirscherl to extend the lead.
Shayne Miller’s single in the bottom of the eighth scored Tommy Bowe, closing the gap back to one run for Post 20, but pinch hitter Kenny Griffin whiffed on the final pitch with two outs, which ended the game for the Twins with the bases loaded.
“We have all the potential in the world, but potential doesn’t win games,” said Twins head coach Gary Oliver. “We could’ve had the game wrapped up a few times, but we had errors on the field, and right now we’re just a .500 team.”
Eagle River scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning, but the Twins quickly battled back with two runs courtesy of singles from Brian Rowe and Shayne Miller, both with two outs at the time.
In the seventh inning, Colby LeBlanc hit a sacrifice fly to score Lauren Frost with the bases loaded, which was followed by a triple from Ricky Ayala that brought home Mike Fitzgerald and Kyle Frost and gave the Wolves a 4-3 lead.
“I’m proud of these kids, they don’t ever quit,” said Eagle River coach Gregg Frost. “That triple from Ricky was huge for us, and it really got us swinging a lot better.”
Ethan Oliver led the Twins in hitting, going 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, and Bowe went 2 for 4 with a single, and Miller was 2 for 4 and an RBI.
Brandon Mahle struck out five Eagle River players in the first five innings on the mound, and Jake Arnold, Tyler Covey and Mitchell Daugherty all got pitching time as well.
In the second game, six players took the mound for Post 20, including Daugherty, Hector Rivera, Colin Corsetti, Covey, Oliver and Bowe. But the crew gave up 12 hits, which led to the 19 runs.
“We had errors, we walked a lot of batters, hit batters, it was just a mess,” coach Oliver said.
Dallas Pierren led the Twins with 2-for-5 batting, one run and two RBI, and teammate Ben Barton followed with 2-for-4 batting.
Oliver said he is hopeful the team can pull it together for another doubleheader on Sunday with East, starting at 12:30 p.m. at Seymour Park.