Chalk game one up to a mental lapse for the American Legion Post 20 Twins.
"We gave ourselves one on the chin," said Twins manager Lance Coz. "We lifted our chin up to be punched."
The Twins got their mitts up in game two, though, scoring three runs in the first inning and three more in the fifth inning to beat the Lynx 6-5.
Coming back strong in game two was important for the Twins, breaking a bad habit that has been troubling them this season.
"That's what we've been having trouble doing if we get beat in the first game -- coming back hard in the second game," said Twins left fielder and pitcher Joey Newby.
The Twins got things going right away, loading the bases on a walk to Jason Kornfield, an error that allowed Shaun Williams to reach and a walk to Paul John Zobeck.
Mike Sauer was hit by a pitch to drive in a run, Williams scored on a passed ball and Nick Christensen hit a sacrifice fly to plate Zobeck.
Zobeck led off the Twins' half of the fifth inning and was hit by a pitch. Sauer followed with a base hit and Newby hit an RBI single to left field.
Aaron Hughes drove in what proved to be the winning run with a double to the wall in right field.
Severin Gardner pitched five innings for the Twins, allowing two runs on four hits.
Dimond rallied for three runs off of Newby in the top of the sixth, but the Twins snuffed the rally to preserve their lead.
The Lynx took advantage of some Twins mistakes in the second inning of the first game of their Saturday doubleheader, plating eight runs in the frame to saddle Post 20 with a 14-4 loss.
"They kind of opened the door for us with a couple of errors," said Dimond manager Joel Summers, "but we hit the ball pretty hard all game."
Twins starting pitcher Danny Bookey faced 13 batters in a second inning prolonged by two Twins errors.
"There's going to be times where your starter struggles, and Danny struggled today," Coz said. "There were times when we could have helped him get out of an inning and we didn't."
"That's been make-or-break for us so far," Zobeck said. "If our heads are in it, all nine guys, we play great. If we have a mental lapse, it shows on the scoreboard."
The Twins also struggled at the plate against Dimond pitcher Brian Montalbo, a hard-throwing right-hander with a fastball approaching 90 miles per hour.
"He didn't throw anything special -- he just threw hard," Newby said. "We usually hit fastballs well. His curveball fooled a few of us."
Coz appreciated the challenge posed by Dimond's pitching, though.
"We want any ballclub we play against to throw their best pitcher, and certainly he's their best," Coz said. "From my standpoint, I would have a preferred a closer ballgame, but you want to play the best. That's what makes you a better ballclub."
LYNX 14, TWINS 4
Dimond Post 21 080 120 03 -- 14 12 1
Kenai Post 20 010 102 11 -- 4 6 4
Montalbo, George (7) and Black; Bookey, Sauer (8) and Edmondson. W -- Montalbo. L -- Bookey. 2B -- Lynx: Bunnell (2).
TWINS 6, LYNX 5
Dimond Post 21 000 113 0 -- 5
Kenai Post 20 300 030 0 -- 6
Clapper, George (5) and Reed; Gardner, Newby (6) and Sanchez. W -- Newby. L -- Clapper. 2B -- Twins: Hughes.
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