The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with South Anchorage Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The Twins opened with a 10-run rule-shortened win, defeating the visiting Wolverines 10-0 in five innings. The game had been scheduled for nine innings.
The Twins came up just short in the second, seven-inning game, dropping a 6-5 decision.
Now 15-7 overall, the Twins will host the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament starting today and running through Thursday.
Twins coach John Kennedy credited his team's focus in the batter's box with two-strike counts for the win.
"It's the best we've hit all year with two strikes. We're starting to get confidence there," Kennedy said.
"In both games, over half our hits were with two strikes. The kids did a good job of shortening up and putting the ball in play, therefore we had a lot of singles instead of extra-base hits."
Indeed, the Twins pounded out 11 hits to score 10 runs in the first game. Cole Chappell went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in, Erich Simpson was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in, and Luke Gilbert and Justin Simpson each were 2-for-3 as Simpson drove in two runs and Gilbert drove in one.
Jeff Kennedy picked up the win for his five-inning effort on the mound for the Twins.
"Jeff pitched well. He gave up two hits in the first inning, but then he scattered the hits the rest of the way," John Kennedy said.
Kennedy was the beneficiary of some solid defense as his teammates turned a pair of double-plays behind him.
"It was a complete game. The kids just played well," Kennedy said.
The Twins started strong in the second game before faltering in the fifth inning. Kennedy said his team kept getting on base, but the Twins just couldn't get the clutch hit to drive in another run.
"We had baserunners everywhere, we just could not get things to fall our way," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said he was pleased to see his team battle to their last out, and while he said his players were disappointed with the loss, he added that winning five of six games this week was a pretty good week.
In the three-day Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament, the Twins will host teams from Fairbanks, Ohio and Colorado, as well as a team from New Hampshire for a non-tournament game Wednesday. Tournament play includes round robin competition today and Wednesday, after which the teams will be seeded by record for a championship game and consolation game Thursday.
TWINS 10, WOLVERINES 0, 5 inn.
South Anchorage 000 00 0 5 1
Kenai 124 21 10 11 1
Castignetti, Chiklo (4) and Calvin; Kennedy and J. Simpson. W Kennedy. L Castignetti.
WOLVERINES 6, TWINS 5
South Anchorage 001 140 0 6 8 2
Kenai 211 000 1 3 7 2
Lemley, Deimer (5), Atchley (7) and Graham, Calvin (6); Mabeus, E. Simpson (5) and Waters, J. Simpson (5). W Lemley. Sv. Atchley. 2B Twins, Gilbert. HR E. Simpson.
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