Sometimes, a coach can preach the fundamentals until he's blue in the face, but it takes a few on-the-field gaffs for the lessons to sink in.
"We've been playing pretty good ball lately. It's an eye opener how you can go from playing pretty good ball to playing pathetic. You've got to keep your head in the game," said American Legion Post 20's Kyle Foster after the Twins split with West, dropping game one of a doubleheader 9-3 before coming back to win a 10-run-rule-shortened second game 13-2 Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The Twins struggled in the early innings of the first game, falling behind 8-0 after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, then surrendering six runs on two hits and two errors in the second inning.
Post 20 got one run back in the bottom of the second, and scratched out two more on a two-run single by Eric Newby in the bottom of the sixth, but it was a case of too little, too late for the Twins.
"It's things I've repeated a thousand times," said Twins manager Lance Coz. "You need effective pitching, you need strong defense, and you need timely hitting. We've had some games where one element hasn't worked, but the two others have been real strong, so we've been able to stay in ballgames."
Cory Grimm made an appearance in relief and no-hit the Eagles through the final seven innings.
"Cory Grimm did a heck of a job keeping us in the ballgame," Coz said. "We just never did get enough runs to get back into it."
Post 20 Twins catcher Kenneth Butler tries unsuccessfully to tag West's Kyle Wagg at home in the fifth inning of Saturday's second game.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
Will Ridgeway, fresh off the plane from Juneau, made his first start from the mound for the Twins in the second game as Post 20 put four runs on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of three West errors with some timely hits. The Twins added two runs in both the second and third innings, and took a 13-0 lead with a five-run fourth.
West got two runs in the top of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to prolong the game to the scheduled seven innings.
"Our whole team started hitting," Foster said. "We just got our minds into it -- that first game was not too good."
Foster led the Twins' 12-hit barrage with a pair of doubles and five runs batted in, including three on a bases-loaded two-bagger in the fourth inning that pushed the Twins' lead past 10 runs.
Eric Newby and David Newby each hit triples for the Twins during the second game.
The Twins take to the Coral Seymour Memorial Park for a doubleheader today, facing off with Chugiak starting at 12:30 p.m.
EAGLES 9, TWINS 3
West Post 1 260 010 000 -- 9 5 1
Kenai Post 20 010 002 000 -- 3 8 3
Kogane and Hansen; Vick, Grimm (3) and Butler. W -- Kogane. L -- Vick. 2B -- Butler.
TWINS 13, EAGLES 6
West Post 1 000 02 -- 2 2 4
Kenai Post 20 422 5x -- 13 12 1
Hudspeth, Mota (4) and Hansen, Tans (3); Ridgeway and Butler. W -- Ridgeway. L -- Hudspeth. 2B -- West, St. Armand. Kenai, Foster 2, D. Newby. 3B -- E. Newby, D. Newby.
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