The American Legion Twins drove nine hours for less than five innings of baseball and a loss Saturday.
Playing at Wasilla, the Twins lost 7-1 Saturday to the Road Warriors in a game called after 4 1-2 innings due to rain.
Unfortunately for the Twins, that is just the amount of ball that needs to be played for a seven-inning American Legion game to be considered official.
Rain wasn't the only thing falling from the sky to baffle the Twins Saturday. Twins manager Lance Coz said Wasilla's pitcher was using a lot of offspeed pitches, and the Twins were not being patient enough to hit the ball.
The Twins did not get a hit until the fifth inning, when they were already down 7-0.
"We just didn't show any patience at the plate," Coz said. "He was throwing a lot of offspeed stuff, and we were going after it even though the umpire had a tight strike zone."
While the Twins were rallying for one run in the fifth, the rain started. At one point, the team left the field for 20 minutes. The rain let up just enough for the Twins to finish hitting in the fifth.
When the skies truly opened before the Road Warriors' turn at the plate in the fifth, Wasilla earned the victory. Nick Weigle took the loss for the Twins, falling to 1-1 on the year. Weigle gave up seven runs in the first two innings.
"In our losses, we've been giving up big innings," said Coz after his team fell to 1-4. "That makes it a lot more difficult to come back, because the other team loosens up and our team gets tighter."
There were several bright spots in the game for the Twins, who have not decided when to make up the second half of the doubleheader.
Zack Hicks pitched two innings of scoreless relief, while second baseman Robby Rounsaville made an excellent play on a ground ball in the bottom of the third inning.
ROAD WARRIORS 7, TWINS 1, 5 inn.
Twins 000 01 1 2 1
Wasilla 340 0x 7 7 1
Weigle, Hicks (3) and Butler; Hess and Colegrove. W Hess. L Weigle. 2B Wasilla: Ressler. 3B Wasilla: Mahoney. LOB Twins 5, Wasilla 3.
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