Twins split twin bill

Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2010

The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with Bartlett on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Photo By Jeff Helminiak
Photo By Jeff Helminiak
Tay Harling delievers a pitch against Bartlett in the second game of a doubleheader at Seymour Park on Saturday.

The Twins lost the first game -- the conference game -- 9-8 before coming back to win the nonconference game 10-2. The Twins are now 6-7 in the conference and 8-18 overall.

Tay Harling went all seven innings, giving up two hits and two runs, to claim the victory in the second game.

"They made a lot of good plays behind me," Harling said. "They all came together and did well."

Twins manager John Butler said Harling was wild in the early part of the game, but settled down and pitched a nice game.

The Twins backed Harling up on offense, posting 10 hits in just seven innings. Josiah Covey was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, while AJ Hull was 3-for-4 with three runs. Mitchell Thompson was 2-for-2 while Jake Darrow scored a pair of runs.

"Anytime you can get a victory it's nice, especially with how bad we played in the first game," Butler said.

In the first game of the day, the Twins fell behind 8-3 after the top of the fourth inning and could not post a victory despite getting 13 hits to Bartlett's two.

The Twins came close to pulling out the came in the bottom of the ninth after entering that inning trailing 9-6.

The Twins were able to come up with two runs on four hits in the inning. The big play in the inning came when Pat Pickett tried to score from second on a single and was thrown out at the plate.

"He beat the throw but he didn't quite make it to the plate," Butler said.

The coach said that ultimately the team's sloppy play early in the game cost it the game.

"We kept on chipping away at it but came up short," Butler said.

He said the bright spot was Hull, who just recently joined the team. Butler didn't even plan on using Hull on the mound, but he was pressed into service after Bartlett's fast offensive start. Hull needed just 55 pitches to get through five hitless innings, giving up just an unearned run.

"It was terrific," Butler said. "We'll take that anytime."

Hull also was 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI at the plate. Covey was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Ethan Oliver was 2-for-4, Sam Bowler was 2-for-5 and DJ Stilchen and Weston Price each had two runs.

The Twins host Eagle River in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader today.

Golden Bears 9, Twins 8, 1st game

Bartlett 220 400 010 -- 9 2 2

Twins 111 200 012 -- 8 13 2

Scott and Passuala; Oliver, B. Price (4), Hull (5) and Pickett, Morrison (1) and Pickett (9). W -- Scott. L -- Oliver. HR -- Bartlett: Melair. LOB -- Bears 4, Twins 12.

Twins 10, Golden Bears 2

Bartlett 100 001 0 -- 2 2 2

Twins 012 034 X -- 10 10 1

McLair, Williams (4) and Pasquale; Harling and Covey. W -- Harling. L -- McLair. 2B -- Covey 2, Sterling. LOB -- Bears 5, Twins 5.



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