Play ball: Twins open season Saturday

Posted: Friday, June 03, 2005

The Twins American Legion baseball team will open the summer season this weekend with a pair of home doubleheaders at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, and the team will be taking the field with high expectations.

"We can't use the excuse that we're young anymore," Twins coach John Kennedy said of his veteran squad. "We have a pretty good group. We only have really one or a couple kids that are new to the program, which holds well for experience."

The team will get it's first opportunity to test that experience Saturday when they face Bartlett starting at 12:30 p.m. The Twins take on Service Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

"All these guys have two or three years of experience," said Jacob Madrid, one of many returning players.

With all that experience, coupled with the fact that many players have been practicing all spring, throwing in the gym, the Twins are champing at the bit to face their first competition of the season.

"I want to get in front of some people and play," Madrid said.

Kennedy said his team was ready to play some games.

"We need to start playing. Some of these guys have been throwing since early March," Kennedy said. "We have 45 games in two months, so once we get started, it rolls."

Kennedy said his team's ability to jell on the field will be the determining factor as to how well the Twins play this season.

"I think we have a lot of talent. It's going to depend on how well we mesh together as a team," Kennedy said.

Of course, with all that experience comes lofty goals, and Madrid said he hopes to start his final season of Legion baseball with a couple of wins and stretch the season out for as long as he can.

"We're expecting a state championship," Madrid said.

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