The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Dimond Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, losing the first game 6-5 before winning the second game 11-5.
The split leaves the Twins with a 4-6 overall record. With doubleheaders Saturday at Chugiak and Sunday at Bartlett, the Twins have a chance to emerge from the month of June with a .500 record or better.
Twins manager Lance Coz sets .500 ball as a goal in June since most of the Twins opponents play in the high school season, while the Twins do not.
If not for a close loss in the first game Wednesday, the Twins could have finished the day at .500.
The Twins entered the eighth inning tied at 5, but Twins reliever and loser Kenneth Butler gave up a run to make it 6-5.
The Twins went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth, but mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth when, with one out, Ely Evanson and Butler singled to put runners on first and second.
However, Erich Simpson grounded into a double play to end the game. Coz said Simpson had a take sign on the pitch that resulted in the double play, but that Simpson missed the sign.
Nick Weigle had pitched the first seven innings for the Twins, and Coz credited Weigle with another solid effort.
On offense, Kyle Foster was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Robby Rounsaville scored two runs, Evanson was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Butler was 1-for-4 with a run, Zack Hicks had a single and a run and Chase Townsend had an RBI.
"They'd give us a few runs, but the problem is we'd turn around and have a few errors and give them those runs right back," Coz said.
In the second game, Simpson made up for hitting into that game-ending double play with a good performance on the mound. He pitched all seven innings for the win, giving up five runs.
The top three of the Twins order -- Foster, Weigle and Rounsaville -- more than made sure that pitching effort would be enough for the win.
Foster was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three runs, Weigle was 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI and Rounsaville was 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs.
"Those guys are hitting the ball hard right now, particularly Foster and Rounsaville," Coz said. "Even when those guys get out, they're hitting the ball hard."
Also for the Twins in the second game, Butler had two runs and an RBI, Alex Johansen was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and Jacob Madrid was 1-for-2 with a run.
The Twins now begin a tough stretch where they will play 16 games in 12 days. The team got some good news when it learned Eric Newby would be in a Twins uniform sometime in early July.
Newby was one of the Twins' best players last year, but missed the end of the season with a hand injury. He is finishing up rehabbing that injury, and is about ready to rejoin the club.
LYNX 6, TWINS 5, Game 1
Dimond 020 300 010 -- 6 10 3
Twins 112 100 000 -- 5 4 5
Cumins, Schreck Enghost (5) and Jackson, King (5); Weigle, Butler (8) and Evanson. W -- Schreck Enghost. L -- Butler. 2B -- Twins: Foster. LOB -- Dimond 11, Twins 11.
TWINS 11, LYNX 5, Game 2
Dimond 302 000 0 -- 5 5 1
Twins 443 000 x -- 11 10 4
Schreck Enghost, King (0), Bucher (1-3), Stracka (2 1-3), Jackson (6) and Jackson, King; Simpson and Butler. W -- Simpson. L -- Schreck Enghost. 2B -- Dimond: Schreck Enghost, Breest; Post 20: Foster (2), Rounsaville. LOB -- Dimond 4, Twins 5.
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