The American Legion Twins split with Juneau on Wednesday in Anchorage.
The Twins lost the first game 13-10 in nine innings before winning the second game 3-0 in seven innings.
That left the Twins 13-6 in the league and 17-14 overall. The Twins are currently tied for fourth in the league, while Juneau is in third place. Wasilla is in first, while South is in second. The Road Warriors defeated South 4-1 on Wednesday.
Errors cost the Twins in the first game. The Twins committed six errors, leading to five unearned runs.
“We would have won the game 10-7 if our defense was a little better,” Twins assistant coach Hector Rivera said. “If we could have minimized the errors, we even could have gotten away with the walks and hit batters.”
Jake Arnold pitched the first five innings, giving up eight hits and 10 runs — five earned. Arnold walked four, hit three and struck out two.
Mitchel Daugherty pitched three innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs. He hit a batter, walked four and struck out two.
The Twins outhit Juneau 13-11.
Ethan Oliver was 3 for 3 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Also for the Twins, Brian Rowe was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and two stolen bases, Shayne Miller was 2 for 3 with an RBI and run, and Justin Wisnewski was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.
Kenny Griffin had a hit and two RBIs, while Hector Rivera had a hit, RBI, run and stolen base.
The second game belonged to Brandon Mahle. He pitched all seven innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out five.
“He dominated at times,” coach Rivera said. “The defense played much better. Even though we committed two errors, they were not costly.”
The Oilers had six hits on the day.
Colin Corsetti was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Rivera and Bowe each had a hit and a run, while Oliver had an RBI.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, coach Rivera said the path to defending the state championship is clear.
“We have proven we can beat any team in this league on any given day, we just have to take care of our defense,” Rivera said. “The offense is there.”
The Twins host Chugiak in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader Friday, then Bartlett in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.