The American Legion Twins have not won a seven-inning game all season. The Twins got creative to keep that fact intact on Wednesday in a road game with the Wasilla Road Warriors. The game was supposed to be seven innings, but the game went nine innings and the Twins collected a 6-5 victory.
The Twins improved to 4-3 in the league and 4-11 overall with the victory.
The winning rally in the top of the ninth started when Sam Bowler reached on an error. Bowler had just joined the Twins on Wednesday. He is a college player whose parents live in Homer. Bowler played for the Twins junior varsity program at one time, but played the last few years of his high school career in the Lower 48. He decided to come back to play with the Twins this summer.
Bowler was forced out at second on a fielder's choice by Braden Price. Price then stole second and scored on a single by Jake Darrow.
Bowler got the start for the Twins, pitching the first 6 2-3 innings. Josiah Covey then came on and won the game in relief. The catcher for both was Pat Pickett, a Kodiak high school player who also just joined the team.
Mitchell Thompson went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Twins, while Braden Price was 2-for-4 with three runs.
Butler said the reason the Twins had to go to extra innings was errors. The squad made five errors, but he said errors especially hurt in the bottom of the sixth, when Wasilla scored a pair of runs to tie the game at 4.
The Twins travel to Anchorage for a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader with West on Saturday and a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader with Chugiak on Sunday.
Twins 6, Road Warriors 5, 9 innings
Twins 100 030 101 -- 6 10 5
Warriors 100 012 100 -- 5 8 2
Bowler, Covey (7) and Pickett; Packa, Hammer (8) and Grissom. W -- Covey. L -- Hammer. 2B -- Twins: Thompson; Road Warriors: Christensen.
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