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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2000

The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team humbled the South Peninsula Storm Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Twins put together a big fourth inning in the first game of the doubleheader, plating 12 runs to end the game after five innings with the score 16-2.

The Twins kept their momentum going through game two, putting 12 runs on the board in the first inning to win 14-3.

"Being our first season, everybody hopes for a lot," said Storm manager Doug Watanabe between games. "Then you have a game like this. (The Twins) have a great program and coming up here can sometimes be a humbling experience."

Game one started out close. The Twins took a 3-0 lead after the first inning, taking advantage of a pair of Storm fielding errors with a two-run triple by Paul John Zobeck.

The Storm got a run back in the top of the second, though. David Drake singled to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball out.

Post 20 pitcher Nick Christensen got the next batter, Skylar Burns, to hit a grounder to second. Twins second baseman Willie Castillo fielded the ball cleanly and opted to go to the plate to catch Drake breaking for home, but Castillo's throw pulled Twins catcher Leo Sanchez away from the plate, allowing Drake to slide by.

The Storm pulled to within a run in the third inning when Drew Shows singled to left with one out.

Twins left fielder Joey Newby made a strong throw to cut down Philip Jones, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning, trying to score from second.

Shows took third on a single to right by Drake and scored when the throw in to the infield sailed over the cutoff man and got away from Sanchez.

Post 20 hitters got to Burns, the Storm pitcher, for a run in the bottom of the third when Castillo reached on an error, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Joey Newby.

The Twins chased Burns from the mound in the fourth, touching him up for six runs in the frame.

Post 20 added six more runs off reliever Ben Kuhns. Castillo drove in three runs on a pair of singles in the inning. Jason Kornfield, Newby and Sanchez each had run-scoring singles, Aaron Hughes drove in a pair of runs with a double and Danny Bookey hit a single and a three-run double, all in the fourth inning.

Twins manager Lance Coz was pleased to see his squad adjust to Burn's pitching.

"That left-hander always gives us trouble with his off-speed pitches," Coz said. "That's just what we needed. We're a good fastball hitting team."

Christensen, the Twins starter, fared well over four innings of work, giving up two runs, one of them earned, on three hits.

"It was only my second time out this season," Christensen said. "I've been working on getting ground balls, trying to keep the ball low. Sometimes it gets up on me. I'm also trying to get first-pitch strikes."

In fact, Christensen got the Storm to hit into eight ground-ball outs, including three straight to retire the side in order in the first inning. Christensen did not record a strikeout and walked just one batter.

"Our defense did a good job playing the grounders and getting to the pop-ups," Christensen said.

The Twins sent 18 batters to the plate in the first inning of game two, plating 12 runs on six hits, a pair of Storm errors and two hit batsmen.

Williams, Zobeck, Newby and Christensen each hit singles in the inning while Hughes hit a single and a double.

Zobeck pitched the first three innings and Kornfield came on in relief to close out the Storm.

Game 1

TWINS 16, STORM 2

South Peninsula 011 00 -- 2 3 4

Post 20 301 (12)x -- 16 12 4

Burns, Kuhns (4) and Young; Christensen, Bookey (5) and Sanchez. W -- Christensen. L -- Burns. 2B -- Twins: Bookey, Hughes. 3B -- Twins: Kornfield, Zobeck.

Game 2

TWINS 14, STORM 3

South Peninsula 300 00 -- 3 3 2

Post 20 (12)01 1x -- 14 8 3

Jones and Shows; Zobeck, Kornfield (4) and Payment. W -- Zobeck. L -- Jones. 2B -- Twins: Hughes. 3B -- Twins: Newby.



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