2 forfeit wins keep Twins on the rise

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008

The American Legion Twins continued to pile up wins Saturday when East forfeited both of the games that were supposed to be played at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

With the forfeit wins, the Twins moved to 3-4 in the league and 5-9 overall. The Twins are continuing to recover from their 0-4 and 0-8 start.

Today at Seymour Park, the Twins face West in a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m.

"That's what we were saying at the start of the weekend -- that if we win both of our league games we have a chance to get to .500 in the league," Twins manager John Butler said.

With the varsity vacating Seymour Park, Butler gave the junior varsity squads a chance to experience the big field.

The Twins junior varsity squads took a pair of seven-inning games from the Thunderbirds. The Twins won the first game 10-7 and the second game 9-8.

In the first game, Tyler Marcuson pitched all seven innings for the victory. Butler said most of the runs Marcuson gave up were unearned. Butler said the offensive highlight for his team was a double by Nick Roswell.

In the second game, the Twins pulled off a giant comeback for the victory.

Mitchell Thompson got the start for the home side and yielded eight runs -- six earned -- in 3 2/3 innings. Aaron Bates pitched the final 3 1/3 innings for the Twins and shut out East to allow the comeback to take shape.

The Twins were down 8-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, with that one run coming when Marcuson scored on a fielder's choice by Roswell.

In the fourth, two big errors by East led to four of the six Twins' runs in the inning being unearned. Marcuson, Roswell, Matt Boulette, Rio Aguilar, Jake Norman and Eathan Oliver all scored to cut the lead to 8-7.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh. Marcuson led off with a single and Cameron Heikkila came on to run for him. Heikkila promptly stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before Roswell walked to put runners on first and third.

Boulette then executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score Heikkila and reach first safely. After East recorded a pair of outs, Roswell and Boulette moved up on steals, then Oliver walked to load the bases.

Jake Darrow was then nipped by a pitch to force in the winning run.

Even though a batter missed some signs during that final-inning rally, Butler said he was proud of the way his team executed with the game on the line. He said getting the sweep against East was gratifying after splitting with the same team on the road.

"I've said all year that I believed in these guys," Butler said. "In the long run, they're going to be some good ballplayers."

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