The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team took both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
The Twins downed the Alaska Road Warriors of Wasilla 10-1 in game one and came back to win 9-3 in game two.
The first game of the twin bill was highlighted by a strong outing on the mound by Post 20's Danny Bookey, and a two-run homer by Joey Newby in the sixth inning to break the game open.
"The game really didn't loosen up at all until Joey hit his home run," said Twins manager Lance Coz.
Post 20 had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Mike Sauer led off the frame with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and stole third.
After a Twins strikeout, Newby connected with a 3-1 fastball and sent it over the wall to left field.
"It was a 3-and-1 count, and he had to come back with a strike," Newby said of the pitch. "He did."
Newby's swing caught Sauer, who was dancing off of third in anticipation of a squeeze play, a little off guard.
"It was kind of a broken play," Newby said. "It worked out. If I would have popped up or gotten Mike out, he would have been a little mad at me."
"Sauer had started down the line," Coz said. "When he saw Joey swinging, he had to back up pretty quick."
"We're gradually working all of our signs into the ballgame so everybody can keep up."
While Newby's shot broke the game open, Paul John Zobeck was able to put it away later in the inning. The Twins loaded up the bases when Josh Edmondson reached on an error, Jason Kornfield singled and Willie Castillo and Shaun Williams each drew a base on balls.
Zobeck then took a two out, 3-and-2 pitch and slapped into left-center field, plating all three runners and giving the Twins an 8-1 lead.
"That was exactly the type of game we needed," Coz said. "We were able to stay focused when the game was tight."
Bookey went eight innings for the Twins to pick up the win. He struck out six, walked five and allowed one unearned run on six hits. Aaron Hughes pitched a perfect ninth for the Twins, striking out one.
"My best one so far," Bookey said of his afternoon. "I kept the ball down for the most part, and the defense took care of the rest."
The Twins are still working on a pitch count, but Bookey was able to throw 101 pitches after spending the spring training with the East Anchorage Legion team. Bookey took a trip to Arizona in the middle of March, getting several games in over the 10-day trip.
Bookey said that Tuesday's success was just a matter of staying focused.
"I just tried to concentrate and stay focused on what I had to do," Bookey said. "The change-up and fastball was basically it -- I didn't have to throw much else."
Brad Burck got the start in game two and pitched six strong innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits. Burck walked four and struck out three. Castillo pitched the seventh, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits.
The Twins were able to pull ahead in game two with a five-run third inning. Zobeck hit a ground ball to short and reached on an error, driving in Hughes, and Sauer followed with a two-run single, plating Zobeck and Williams. Nick Christensen singled and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Severin Gardner to round out the rally.
The Twins added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth with RBI singles by Hughes, Zobeck and Christensen.
Twins 10, Road Warriors 1
Alaska 010 000 000 -- 1 6 1
Post 20 000 116 020 -- 10 10 0
Friesen, Jorgensen (6), Turner (8) and Bostick; Bookey, Hughes (9) and Edmondson. W -- Bookey. L -- Friesen. 2B -- Alaska: Friesen; Post 20: Zobeck. HR -- Post 20: Newby.
Twins 9, Road Warriors 3
Alaska 010 000 2 -- 3 7 3
Post 20 100 500 3 -- 9 11 2
Aro, Tompkins (4) and Peltz; Burke, Castillo (7) and Sanchez. W -- Burke. L -- Aro.
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