Bartlett coach David Richardson has been coming down to Kenai to battle the Post 20 teams of Lance Coz since the 1970s, so he can appreciate what his team did to the Twins Sunday.
The Golden Bears swept the home team by scores of 11-8 and 7-6 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
"I can't remember the last time a team I coached came down and swept here and I've been doing this for 25 years," said Richardson, who also has coached East, Chugiak and Dimond. "I can't emphasize how tickled we are to get out of here with a sweep.
"Kenai's a solid team."
Bartlett's Jeremy Deep, who was the winning pitcher in the second game, also understands the gravity of the accomplishment.
"I've been on varsity for three years and it seems like we always come down here and split," said Deep, whose team is now 9-7. "We're playing our best baseball of the year right now."
Coz said he remembered an East team Richardson coached sweeping a doubleheader from the Twins on their home field, but he said the bottom line is it hurts to get swept at home by anybody.
"We have some fine-tuning to do," Coz said after his team dropped to 12-10 overall.
In the first game, the Twins held a 6-5 lead until the wheels fell off in the top of the eighth inning. Post 20 had trouble fielding the bunt in the frame and the Golden Bears picked up six runs on three hits and three errors. The Twins could never recover from the rally.
"I thought the difference in both games was how the two teams fielded the bunt," Richardson said. "We were able to pick it up and they couldn't."
In the second game, the Twins came back to tie the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Severin Gardner pushed across Leo Sanchez with a walk and Shaun Williams singled home Willie Castillo.
However, more trouble picking up the bunt would come back to haunt the Twins in the top of the seventh inning. Post 20 had two errors in the inning, including one on a bunt, that led to Bartlett scoring two runs, only one of which was earned.
That unearned run proved to be huge in the bottom of the seventh. With two out in the inning, Jason Kornfield singled. Willie Castillo followed that with a single to right field and a two-base error by the right fielder allowed Kornfield to score and Castillo, the tying run to take third.
However, Deep got out of the jam when Joey Newby nailed a line drive straight to the left fielder.
"Coming off the bat, I thought, 'Base hit. Tie game,'" Deep said. "He got a good piece of that. I was glad to turn around and see the outfielder camping out underneath it."
In the second game, Castillo was 2-for-4 with two runs, while Paul John Zobeck and Williams also were 2-for-4.
In the first game, Zobeck was 4-for-5, while Newby was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.
Post 20 now travels to Fairbanks for a rare tripleheader Tuesday.
"We've had some trouble in pressure situations," Coz said. "The thing about pressure situations is you learn from being in them. We'll be ready when we start seeing these Anchorage teams again.
"I'd rather be making these mistakes now than at tournament time."
In other news involving the Twins, Post 20's junior varsity team advanced to the championship game of the Chugiak Wood Bat Invitational by going 3-0 in round robin play.
GOLDEN BEARS 11, TWINS 8
Bartlett 101 120 060 -- 11 13 0
Post 20 201 010 211 -- 8 14 4
Jordon, Morris (6), Webb (7) and Thomas; Castillo, J. Newby (8) and Edmondson. W -- Webb. L -- J. Newby. 2B -- Post 20: Castillo, J. Newby, Zobeck. 3B -- Bartlett: Deep, Hill; Post 20: J. Newby. LOB -- Bartlett 9, Post 20 9.
GOLDEN BEARS 7, TWINS 6
Bartlett 000 230 2 -- 7 8 2
Post 20 003 002 1 -- 6 10 3
Haines, Sherwood (3), E. Waalkes (5), Deep (6) and D. Waalkes; Christensen, J. Newby (5) and Sanchez. W -- Deep. L -- Newby. 2B -- Bartlett: Hill, Deep. LOB -- Bartlett 7, Post 20 12.
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