Twins make short work of Warriors

Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2005

The American Legion Twins baseball team swept a doubleheader with the visiting Wasilla Road Warriors Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Twins made quick work of the Road Warriors in the first game, winning 12-2 in six innings in a 10-run rule-shortened game.

The Twins put together a five-run second inning in game two and made it stand up for a 6-4 win.

"They played real well today," Twins coach John Kennedy said. "The kids are getting confidence in themselves, and they're getting their baseball legs underneath them."

In the first game, the Twins plated three runs in the third inning. Justin Simpson picked up and RBI when he reached on a fielder's choice, Jacob Madrid singled to drive in a run, and Shawn Issacs hit an RBI double.

The Twins added to their lead in the fourth as Travis Mercier walked, then advanced and scored on a series of wild pitches. Jordan Waters walked, advanced to third on a single by Luke Oliver and scored on a groundout by Justin Simpson.

Cole Chappell singled to drive in a run in the fifth, and the Twins put the game away with six runs in the sixth inning to make their lead 10 runs. The Twins took advantage of a pair of errors in the frame and Wasilla did not get an out in the inning.

Jeff Kennedy picked up the win for the Twins.

"Jeff's ERA is phenomenal, but every time he's pitched, we've lost. He did his job, and the defense did it's job," John Kennedy said.

The Twins sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning of game two, scoring five runs on one hit while taking advantage of three errors. The Twins added an insurance run in the fourth inning, and Steve Mabeus earned the win for his six innings of work. Erich Simpson pitched a perfect seventh for the save.

The Twins are in action over the weekend with doubleheaders Saturday against Dimond and Sunday against South Anchorage. Games start at 12:30 p.m. on both days.

The Twins will host teams from Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire and Fairbanks starting Tuesday in the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament.

"The bulk of our schedule happens over the next three weeks. It'll be nice to get a look at some Outside teams and see how we fare," Kennedy said.

First game

TWINS 12, ROAD WARRIORS 2, 6 inn.

Wasilla 001 100 — 2 6 3

Kenai 003 216 — 12 9 2

Hess, Farrington (4), Briceland (6) and Brent; Kennedy and J. Simpson. W — Kennedy. L — Hess. 2B — Twins, Issacs.

Second game

TWINS 6, ROAD WARRIORS 4

Wasilla 101 002 0 — 4 9 4

Kenai 050 010 x — 6 2 0

Helkes, Ressler (3), Bahn (6) and Brent; Mabeus, E. Simpson and Waters. W — Mabeus. L — Helkes. Sv. — E. Simpson. 2B — Wasilla, Breck 3.



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