The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins advanced to the championship game of the Todd Ryan Fourth of July Tournament by posting a 2-1 record Friday and Saturday.
The Twins, now 17-15 overall, will face off in the championship game today at 4 p.m. at the Bumpus Complex just outside of Wasilla. As the Clarion went to press, Post 20's opponent in the championship game had not yet been determined.
Post 20 started off the tournament with a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Mets of Belmar Friday, but rebounded for a 12-4 victory over the Wasilla Road Warriors Saturday morning and a 9-1 victory over Service Saturday afternoon.
The Twins handed the Cougars their third loss in Alaska play this season.
"We're feeling pretty good right now, especially with that win over Service," Twins manager Lance Coz said. "They just came back from a tournament Outside, so it's always nice to beat a team like that."
The Twins advanced to the championship game due to a tiebreaker that rewards the team that allows the fewest runs throughout the tournament.
"We're still mixing and matching our pitching, but it's working," Coz said.
Friday, Will Ridgeway and Ely Evanson held New Jersey to three runs, but the Twins offense sputtered by leaving 12 runners on base.
Saturday morning, the Twins got off to a slow start, but scored six runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the seventh inning to take control of the game.
David Newby provided the big blow in the game with a grand slam home run. Evanson and Geno Vick handled the pitching duties in that game.
In the game against Service, the Twins got to Service ace Chuck Rider for eight runs in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Post 20's Corey Grimm held Service to one run over seven innings.
METS 3, TWINS 2
Post 20 110 000 0 - 2 9 0
St. Rose (NJ) 102 000 X - 3 7 2
Ridgeway, Evanson (4) and Baun; McCann and Gangel. W - McCann. L - Ridgeway. 2B - Post 20: D. Newby. LOB - Post 20 12, St. Rose 6.
TWINS 12, WARRIORS 4
Post 20 000 060 6 - 12 12 3
Wasilla 120 001 0 - 4 5 4
Vick, Evanson (5) and Baun; Peryaun and Harris. W - Vick. L - Peryaun. 2B - Post 20: E. Newby, Foster. HR - Post 20: D. Newby. LOB - Post 20 8, Wasilla 8.
TWINS 9, COUGARS 1
Post 20 000 800 1 - 9 7 2
Service 000 100 0 - 1 5 4
Grimm and Baun; Rider, Haas (7) and Dunford. W - Grimm. L - Rider. 2B - Post 20: Martin. Service: Warrick, Ledley. 3B - Post 20: E. Newby, D. Newby. LOB - Post 20 5, Service 6.
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