American Legion Twins manager John Butler said Dimond is one of the top three teams in the state, and Thursday the visiting Lynx reaffirmed that statement. Dimond swept the Twins in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Lynx invoked the mercy rule in Game 1 with a 14-3 win in five innings and blanked the Twins 11-0 in seven innings in Game 2.
Dimond improves to 4-1 in the league and 5-1 overall. The Twins fall to 3-1 and 3-5.
"That was just what you call an old-fashioned butt kicking," Butler said after Game 1. He said the team did not play well in all aspects of the game -- hitting, pitching and defense.
"We didn't have any focus," Butler said of both games. "Every pitch has got to be played hard."
The Twins had a combined nine hits between both games. Along with poor hitting, defensive lapses led to the losses, Butler said. Solid defense is needed against a good hitting team like Dimond, he said.
"You won't shut them down," Butler said.
When the Twins did put runners in scoring position, batters were flying out instead of hitting line drives, Butler said.
"We just had no energy," he said. "We didn't come out ready to play today."
As rain started pouring in the second inning of the first game, so too did the runs. Dimond recorded seven consecutive hits and racked up eight runs to gain a lead too great for the Twins to recover from.
Payton Lauwers went all five innings for Dimond. He surrendered six hits and three runs, all of them earned. Lauwers struck out four and walked one. DJ Stilchen started for the Twins. He yielded 12 runs -- eight earned -- nine hits and walked two. Stilchen had two strikeouts.
Five different players batted .500 for Dimond. Colton Lauwers went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead his team.
Braden Price went 2-for-3 with a triple for the Twins. He drove in two runs and had a stolen base.
"Braden Price has turned out to be an excellent leader," Butler said.
Dimond left six base runners stranded to the Twins' five.
In Game 2, the Lynx built a 5-0 lead in the third inning. They added two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings while keeping the Twins to just three hits.
Sheldon Rouzon pitched all seven for Dimond. Steven Steger started for the Twins. Mitchel Daugherty and Price pitched in relief of Steger.
Butler said the team will learn from their mistakes made against Dimond.
"It was a good test for us," he said. "We can take this and build on it.
"We'll start over again Saturday and see how she goes," Butler said.
The Twins travel to Anchorage for doubleheaders against South on Saturday and East on Sunday. Game 1 begins at 12:30 p.m. on both days.
Lynx 14, Twins 3, 5 inn. Game 1
Dimond 084 02 -- 14 10 2
Twins 120 00 -- 3 6 5
P. Lauwers and Rouzon. Stilchen, Oliver (4) and Morrison. W -- P. Lauwers. L -- Stilchen. 2B -- Dimond: Clevedger, Pritchard. Twins: Covey. 3B -- Twins: Price. LOB -- Dimond 6, Twins 5.
Lynx 11, Twins 0, 7 inn. Game 2
Dimond 203 022 2 -- 11 12 2
Twins 000 000 0 -- 0 3 3
Rouzon and Kinder. Steger, Daugherty (5), Price (7) and Smith, Covey. W -- Rouzon. L -- Steger. 2B -- Dimond: D. Lauwers, C. Lauwers. 3B -- Dimond: Clevedger.
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