The American Legion Twins swept a doubleheader from Eagle River on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. This was the first sweep of a doubleheader for the Twins (7-7, 10-18) this season.
The Twins won the first game 11-8, falling behind 3-0 before storming back with an attack that featured 14 hits.
"We talked about this morning that we're not driving the ball but we are making contact," Twins manager John Butler said. "The last four games, we've had a lot of aluminum-bat singles."
DJ Stilchen got the start for the Twins and gave up four runs in four innings. It was supposed to be a bullpen day for Stilchen, but he told Butler he wanted to pitch. Tyler Marcuson came on for Stilchen in the fifth inning. He gave up four runs in his first two innings of work, but closed the game by working three scoreless innings.
Butler was not happy with the way the Twins played early in the game. The Twins had seven errors in the game. The manager was happy with the way his team closed it out.
"It was one ugly ballgame," Butler said. "We stepped up in the last three innings and played pretty decent. That's the way we should play defense."
Butler also gave the team credit for battling through injuries. Injuries to catchers forced left-handed Braden Price behind the plate. Price, who has an injured throwing hand, was still able to throw out a runner.
"This was a really good experience after losing a game (Saturday) where the guys knew they didn't play their best baseball," Butler said.
In the second game, Mitchell Thompson went all seven innings and gave up five runs on four hits for the victory. Since it was Thompson's second start of the year, Butler wasn't planning on using him the whole game. He had some low pitch counts in the middle innings, though.
The Twins were behind 3-0 going into the fifth inning, but scored seven runs in that inning, all with two outs, to take control of the game. Sam Bowler, Ethan Oliver and Jake Darrow all had pinch-hit singles in the frame.
The Bill Miller Wood Bat Invitational starts Tuesday at Seymour Park. The first day will feature Service vs. West Warwick at 1 p.m., Kenai vs. Service at 4 p.m. and Wasilla vs. Kenai at 6:30 p.m.
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