The American Legion Post 20 Twins split a pair of games with Dimond Sunday in Anchorage.
The Twins, behind a stellar effort on the mound from Severin Gardner, took the first game 9-2. Gardner pitched all nine innings and gave up just five hits.
"He just did a great job keeping them off balance," Twins manager Lance Coz said. "He mixed his off-speed stuff with his fastball."
Gardner was able to shut the Lynx down even though he was hit with a ball Saturday during batting practice. However, he iced the injury Saturday night and was ready to go Sunday.
Despite Gardner's solid pitching, Post 20 trailed in the game 2-1 heading into the top of the ninth. However, the Twins rallied for eight runs and took total control of the game.
The big blow in the inning was a grand slam by Joey Newby. Like Gardner, Newby shook off injury to help his club. Newby had a pinched nerve in his back that kept him from playing in the field.
Willie Castillo also had a solid offensive outing in the first game for the Twins, going 3-for-5.
In the second game, the Twins tried to rally again but came up short, 7-6. Post 20 entered the top of the seventh inning trailing 7-5 and Paul John Zobeck started a two-out rally with a double. After a single by Mike Sauer, Severin Gardner singled in Zobeck to make the score 7-6.
Josh Edmondson singled, but Sauer was thrown out trying to score the tying run.
"It was one of those bang-bang plays," Coz said.
Willie Castillo picked up the loss on the mound for the Oilers, while Gardner went 3-for-4 to lead the Twins on offense. Also for Post 20, Newby was 2-for-4 with two runs, Zobeck was 2-for-4 with two runs and Sauer was 2-for-4.
TWINS 9, LYNX 2, Game 1
Post 20 000 001 008 --9 10 4
Dimond 000 001 010 --2 5 1
Gardner and Edmondson; Clapper, Bunnell (9) and Serventi. W -- Gardner. L -- Clapper. 2B -- Post 20: Overturf, Castillo; Dimond: Bunnell. HR -- Post 20: J. Newby. LOB -- Post 20 10, Dimond 9.
LYNX 7, TWINS 6, Game 2
Post 20 004 010 1 --6 11 5
Dimond 012 003 x --7 8 1
Castillo and Sanchez; Bunnell, Donner (5) and Serventi. W -- Donner. L -- Castillo. 2B -- Post 20: E. Newby, Gardner, Zobeck; Dimond: Seamen. LOB -- Post 20 7, Dimond 7.
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