The American Legion Twins split played 18 innings of hard-nosed baseball Wednesday, splitting a doubleheader at Wasilla.
In the first game, Twins starting pitcher Steven Mabeus went nine innings for the win as the Twins beat Wasilla 5-2.
“The big key was that Steven Mabeus threw an outstanding game,” said Twins coach John Kennedy.
The Twins took advantage of Wasilla pitching early, pushing three runs across the plate in the first inning.
The second game was slated for seven innings, but the Twins came back from a 2-0 deficit and took a 3-2 lead before the Road Warriors tied it in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. The Twins scored one in the top of the ninth, but Wasilla struck for two in the bottom of the frame to get the 5-4 win.
“We had out chances, we just couldn’t put it away,” Kennedy said.
Twins 5, Road Warriors 2
Kenai 301 100 000 5 6 3
Wasilla 100 000 010 2 5 1
Mabeus and E. Waters; Carlson, Farington (8) and Smith. W Mabeus. L Carlson. 2B Twins, Chappell; Wasilla, Bryson. 3B Twins, Epperheimer.
Road Warriors 5, Twins 4, 9 inn.
Kenai 001 011 001 4 12 2
Wasilla 110 000 102 5 9 1
Bowler, Stalker (3), J. Waters (7), Oliver (8) and E. Waters; Loria, Farington (7) and Smith. W Farington. L Oliver. 2B Wasilla, Smith; Twins, Epperheimer, Simpson. 3B Twins, Oliver.
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