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Twins sweep Palmer

Posted: June 15, 2014 - 9:55pm  |  Updated: June 17, 2014 - 3:06pm

The American Legion Twins swept host Palmer on Sunday, winning 10-1 in seven innings in a game scheduled for nine innings, and 19-3 in five innings in a game scheduled for seven innings.

The Twins move to 2-1 in the league and 3-1 overall, while Palmer falls to 0-3 in the league and overall.

Kenny Griffin won the first game on the mound, pitching six innings and giving up five hits and an earned run while striking out six and walking two. Joey Becher pitched the last inning, striking out one and hitting two.

Twins head coach Hector Rivera said Griffin did not get a chance to pitch for Soldotna High School this year because he was busy catching. But the coach said Griffin was excited to take the mound Sunday and got the job done.

At the plate, Griffin was 2 for 4 with two runs while Dallas Pierren was 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs, Tommy Bowe had a triple and two RBIs, JJ Sonnen was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run, and Klayton Justice was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run.

The second game saw Mathew Daugherty pitch four innings and give up three hits and three earned runs. Sonnen closed up with a scoreless inning, allowing a hit while striking out one.

Rivera said Daugherty is a young pitcher who worked through some control problems, but he had plenty of cushion because the Twins scored 13 runs in the first inning, sending 18 batters to the plate.

Hector A. Rivera had a monster game from the leadoff spot, getting a hit, double and home run with four RBIs.

“As he was jogging through third base, he said, ‘Happy Father’s Day,’” Hector Rivera said. “It was pretty good.”

Also, Pierren was 1 for 2 with a double, Bowe was 2 for 3 with four RBIs, Tyler Covey had a hit, RBI and run, Jake Darrow was 3 for 4 with a triple, RBI and three runs, Mason Prior was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run, Cody Quelland was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run, and Justin Wisnewski was 1 for 2 with two runs.

The Twins host Wasilla in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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