The Legion AA Twins swept a Wednesday league doubleheader with Fairbanks Post 30 at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The Twins used the 10-run mercy rule on Fairbanks in the first game to win 17-6 in five innings, then topped them again 5-1 in the second game, which was rain shortened to five innings.
The Twins (5-3, 6-3), will be on the road again for a Sunday doubleheader against Chugiak.
Post 20 went wild in the first game, notching 12 hits while Post 30 struggled with only four hits.
Tommy Bowe led the Twins’ bats with a 3-for-3 day, adding two runs and two RBIs, while teammate Hector Rivera batted 1 for 3 and had three runs and three RBIs. Tyler Covey hit 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Kenny Griffin was 1 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs.
“The guys took care of business,” said Twins coach Hector Rivera. “They were hitting the ball well and they took advantage of mistakes.”
Covey started on the mound for Post 20, going two innings and allowing three earned runs on one hit, one strikeout and six walks.
Coach Rivera pulled Covey in the third inning in favor of Miles Jones, who recorded the win and allowed three runs on three hits, zero walks and two strikeouts.
“Once we stopped the walks, everything went well,” Rivera said.
The Twins were able to get seven runs in the second inning to bolster their early lead, then used seven hits to score ten runs in the fourth inning.
In the second game of the day, both teams struggled with hitting due to a light rain that continued to fall, and Rivera said the umpires called a quick meeting with both coaches that resulted in a decision to end the game after five innings if the rain did not let up.
Fortunately for the Twins, a 5-1 lead after the fifth inning resulted in the victory.
Post 20 managed three hits, including a “rocket” of a home run over the left field wall by Dallas Pierren in the top of the fifth which extended the lead. Pierren batted 2 for 2 for the day. Griffin provided the Twins’ other hit. The team scored a run in the first inning, then added three more in the third.
Josh Darrow recorded the win on the mound by going the distance, allowing an unearned run on four hits, two walks and four strikeouts.