Post 20 takes fifth straight before losing second game

Twins split with Golden Bears

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

In Sunday's first game, the American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins proved that if Bears aren't given an opportunity to harm you, they probably won't.

In Sunday's second game, the Twins showed that if Bears are given a free lunch, they'll take it.

Post 20 defeated the Bartlett Golden Bears 10-4 Sunday in the first game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park before dropping the second game 9-6.

In the first game, the Twins (13-13 overall) ran their winning streak to five straight games by doing the three things manager Lance Coz constantly preaches -- timely hitting, solid defense and consistent pitching.

In the second game, one of the pegs fell off the three-legged stool -- pitching -- and the Twins collapsed as their hurlers allowed 16 batters to reach on hit batsmen or walks.

The Twins didn't have any problem with their pitching in the first game as Brad Burck and Justin Payment limited Bartlett to four runs on seven hits.

Burck said his teammates, both by their fielding and hitting, were the reason he was so successful.

"Our defense is playing so well that I feel I can come in, throw strikes and let them put the ball in play," said Burck, who picked up the win in the game. "We also were able to put some runs on the board, and that makes a big difference.

"It puts the pressure on the other team to score runs."

The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Eric Newby scored on a two-out single by Adrian Borchgrevink.

Post 20 came through with another two-out rally in the second inning. Gresham Oliver followed up a two-out double by Nick Weigle with a walk, then Eric Newby scored both of them with a double.

Newby scored on a triple by his brother David, then David Newby scored on an error. David Newby scored on another error in the fourth inning to give the Twins a 6-0 lead.

Burck, who had just pitched on Thursday, began to tire in the sixth and gave up two runs before Payment came on with runners at first and second with one out. Payment pitched his way out of the inning with no further damage.

"I guess that's going to be my role now -- I'm going to be the closer," Payment said. "I just come in, keep the ball low and try and get ground balls."

Bartlett got two runs off Payment in the seventh inning to cut the gap to 6-4 before Post 20 responded with a rally in the eighth inning.

Eric Newby drove in two runs with a double and Aaron Hughes drove in another two with a single to left field. The big blow in the inning was Newby's double, which went right over third base on its way to left field.

"We kind of went through a lull there when they came back to make it 6-4," said Eric Newby, who was 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. "We lost our discipline at the plate."

Also for the Twins, David Newby was 2-for-4 with two runs and Hughes had two hits.

In the second game, Twins pitchers David Newby, Norton Dablemont, Borchgrevink and Quincy Bird gave Bartlett too many chances to score with the walks and hit batsmen.

The Golden Bears had nine runs in the seven-inning game, and that was with leaving 14 runners on base.

Eric Newby was 3-for-4 with two runs in the game, while Kyle Foster scored two runs and Borchgrevink was 2-for-3.

The Twins will play host to Wasilla in a doubleheader on the Fourth of July that's scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The event will be sponsored by Kenai Chrysler Center, and the first 200 fans get free apple pie.

Sunday's first game

TWINS 10, GOLDEN BEARS 4

Bartlett 000 002 200 -- 4 7 3

Post 20 140 100 04x -- 10 10 4

Olson, Sherwood (6) and Moran; Burck, Payment (6) and Butler. W -- Burck. S -- Payment. L -- Olson. 2B -- Post 20: Weigle, E. Newby 2. 3B -- Post 20: D. Newby. LOB -- Bartlett 11, Post 20 9.

Sunday's second game

GOLDEN BEARS 9, TWINS 6

Bartlett 101 511 0 -- 9 5 2

Post 20 012 210 0 -- 6 6 4

E. Waalkes and D. Waalkes; D. Newby, Dablemont (5), Borchgrevink (5), Bird (7) and Evanson. W -- E. Waalkes. L -- D. Newby. 2B -- Bartlett: Levine; Post 20: Borchgrevink, E. Newby. LOB -- Bartlett 14, Post 20 6.



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