The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team made short work, literally, of the Post 1 West Anchorage Eagles Saturday in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
Both games were abbreviated by two innings due to the 10-run rule. The Twins took the first game 16-6 in seven innings, and followed that with a 12-2, five-inning win in the second game to improve to 4-0 this season.
The 10-run ruled proved to be both a blessing and a curse for the Twins, according to manager Lance Coz.
"We're on a pitch count, and we're still trying to find enough pitching for all those innings -- if it goes to a full ballgame," Coz said. "We're both of the mind-set that if you're playing an out-of-town team, it's nice to set the mercy rule aside. It gives you a chance to run some extra players through, and see some other pitchers. It's a nice day, so you might as well play the whole game out."
With the kind of run support Twins pitchers got, finding enough pitching wasn't an issue.
Josh Overturf got the start in the first game, making way for Danny Bookey after the second inning once Bookey was done taking his SATs. Bookey pitched five innings to get the win.
Overturf allowed five runs, two of them earned, gave up two hits, walked four and struck out one batter in his first action of the season. Bookey struck out six, walked two and gave up one run on four hits.
Brad Burck threw five innings in the second game to record the complete-game win, striking out six and walking one while giving up two runs on four hits. Burck retired the side in order in the fifth, ending the game with a strikeout.
"It felt really good. It was nice to come and play with the boys today," Burck said of his first appearance with the Twins' A team. "It's nice to have the run support. It gives me a lot of confidence."
That run support came in the form of 28 runs on 25 hits in just 12 innings of baseball.
Burck said that he and catcher Leo Sanchez had a definite game plan for the West batters.
"We were throwing a lot of inside pitches, then coming back with the curveball," Burck said. "(Sanchez) was doing most of the pitch calling."
With the fireworks on offense, the Twins were able to settle down and put together some good defense as well, turning a double play in the first game and committing just two errors all afternoon.
"The defensive support lets you relax offensively," Coz said of Post 20's confidence at the plate.
Post 20 trailed 5-1 in the middle of the second inning in the first game, but exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of a string of West errors.
Paul John Zobeck, Josh Edmondson and Jason Kornfield each hit RBI singles during the rally, while Joey Newby drove in two with a base hit.
Post 20 started off the second game quickly, plating its first four batters of the game. Willie Castillo hit an RBI single, Zobeck drove in a run with a double, and Mike Sauer and Overturf each drove in a run with a single.
The Twins batted around in the second, scoring another four runs to put the game out of reach.
"I saw the ball real well," said Zobeck, who finished with three doubles for the day. "We hit a lot better as a team. We showed a lot of discipline at the plate. We all wanted to hit well -- in our first game, we scored our runs on errors, rather than getting hits for RBIs."
Zobeck collected five hits, five runs and three RBIs in eight at-bats. He finished off the first game with a long fly ball to the warning track in left-center field, somewhere between the 375- and 412-foot markers. He heard some ribbing from the dugout when the ball didn't clear the fence, suggesting he ought to put in some time in the weight room.
"I felt like I got all of it -- the wind just knocked it down," said Zobeck with a grin.
Shaun Williams was the Twins' designated hitter in the first game and played three innings in left field in the second game, picking up four hits, scoring three runs and driving in one in six at-bats. Castillo went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, scored a run and was tagged out at the plate in the second game and catcher Josh Edmondson went 2-for-5, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice in the first game.
"We did swing at good pitches," Coz said. "Hopefully, that puts us in good shape for (today's game) against a tougher ballclub."
The Twins face Chugiak in a doubleheader today at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.
Post 20 hosts a doubleheader Tuesday against Wasilla, and plays an exhibition game Thursday against the Peninsula Oilers.
Twins 16, Eagles 6
West 320 010 0 -- 6 6 7
Post 20 194 101 x -- 16 14 1
Hudspeth, Durst (4) and Wagg, Maurer; Overturf, Bookey (3) and Edmondson. W -- Bookey. L -- Hudspeth. 2B -- Post 20: Zobeck (2), Williams.
Twins 12, Eagles 2
West 002 00 -- 2 4 3
Post 20 443 1x --12 11 1
Borchardt, Alvarez (2), Bridges and Maurer; Burck and Sanchez. W -- Burck. L -- Borchardt. 2B -- West: Alvarez; Post 20: Zobeck.
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