The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team was happy to be home Saturday, defeating East 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
After grabbing a quick bite to eat, the Twins kept their streak going in the second game of the afternoon, beating East 7-4 to complete a season sweep.
"That's the first time we've swept East in about 12 years," said Twins manager Lance Coz. The Twins took two games from the Thunderbirds earlier this season in Anchorage.
The Twins were playing their first home games of the Legion season after scheduling road trips for the early part of the season while their home field underwent a renovation.
The Twins traded runs with East through the first four innings, then plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Twins loaded the bases with one out on singles by Derek Martin and David Newby and an East error that allowed Bud Baun to reach safely.
With Kenneth Butler at the plate, Coz called for a suicide squeeze. Butler couldn't get his bat on the ball, though, and Martin managed to stay in the rundown between third and home long enough for Newby and Baun to advance to third and second, respectively.
"I was hung out to dry," Martin said. "The best thing you can do is try to get into a pickle (to let the runners advance), then try to get out of it. I thought I had a chance when two of them ran into each other, but I was going the other way."
"Kenneth is an excellent bunter," Coz said of the squeeze call. "Martin did a heck of a job staying in the rundown. What we coach them to do is stay in rundown to get the runners advanced, then see if you can make contact with someone without the ball in the base path and get the interference call."
To East's credit, the ball was never bobbled or dropped during the lengthy rundown, and Martin finally was tagged out when he stumbled lunging toward home.
Butler fouled off two pitches to stay alive at the plate, and East reliever Tyler Waldron eventually threw a wild pitch, allowing Newby to scoot home from third.
"(Butler) stayed in there," Coz said. "He gets the RBI from the wild pitch. He stayed in there, stayed alive."
Teammates congratulate David Newby after his game-winning run.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
East put the first run of the game on the board in the first inning. Antoine McLeod, who was ejected from the game in the middle of the seventh for expressing his displeasure with being called out on a tag play at second, led off the game for East by getting all the way to third on an outfield error. McLeod scored on a ground out to second by Cory Madden.
The Twins took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the first when Eric Newby hit a one-out double to right-center field. Newby took third when Martin, batting behind him, reached on an error, and scored on a wild pitch that allowed Martin to advance to second.
Martin took third when Madden's pickoff throw sailed into center field and scored on another wild pitch.
East tied the game in the top of the second when Jordan Farkas walked, advanced on a sacrifice by Jimmy Obermeyer and a Twins error and scored on a wild pitch.
Eric Newby hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the third and scored on a single by David Newby to restore the Twins' lead, but East tied the game in the top of the fourth on a single by Farkas, a hit batsman, a walk to load the bases and a wild pitch.
Bud Baun started on the mound for the Twins, allowing three runs, one of them earned, on three hits in six innings. Baun walked four and struck out one. Corey Grimm threw three innings of relief, one-hitting East while facing just nine batters -- the only hit was a bunt single to lead off the seventh by McLeod, and he was caught stealing second.
"Baun did well starting the ballgame and Grimm came in and gave us a change of speed," Coz said.
Post 20 kept its intensity through the second game, taking an early lead when David Newby connected for a home run to lead off the second inning.
The Twins added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Newby led off the frame with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Baun.
Butler collected an RBI with a single, scoring Newby, and scored when Nick Weigle reached on an error.
Shortstop Eric Newby bobbles the ball before throwing a runner out at first in the seventh inning of the first game against East Anchorage Saturday afternoon.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
The Twins put together another rally in the fifth, batting around to score three runs. Kyle Foster tripled and scored to lead off the frame and Butler collected the only other hit of the inning as Post 20 was able to take advantage of three East errors and two walks.
Foster led off the sixth inning with a single and scored on a single by Baun.
East rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the sixth and scored two more in the seventh, but Grimm was able to shut the door after relieving Ely Evanson two batters into the inning.
Evanson earned the win, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one. Grimm gave up one hit but got three outs on a fielder's choice, an infield fly and a game-ending strikeout.
The Twins, now 10-10, play Bartlett in a doubleheader today at 12:30 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Monday, the Twins host a team from Napoleon, Ohio, at 3 p.m.
Twins 4, Thunderbirds 3
East 110 100 000 -- 3 4 3
Post 20 201 000 001 -- 1 8 3
Madden, Waldron (6) and Tuck; Baun, Grimm (7) and Evanson, Baun (7). W -- Grimm. L -- Madden. 2B -- Twins, E. Newby. 3B -- Twins, E. Newby.
Twins 7, Thunderbirds 4
East 000 002 2 -- 4 5 4
Post 20 010 231 x -- 7 8 4
Bledsoe, Jensen (5) and Tuck; Evanson, Grimm (7) and Baun. W -- Evanson. L -- Bledsoe. Sv. -- Grimm. 3B -- Twins, Foster. HR -- Twins, D. Newby.
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