The American Legion Twins baseball team's comeback effort fell just short Sunday as the squad dropped the consolation game of the Wasilla Fourth of July Tournament 5-4 to Service.
Service struck for all five of its runs in the second and third innings, taking advantage of five Twins errors manager Lance Coz attributed to glaring sunshine.
Coz said he was pleased with his team's effort in trying to overcome the rough start, though.
"We played a strong defensive game from there on and held them in check," Coz said.
Kyle Foster had scored a run in the first for the Twins, digging out an infield hit and scoring on a single by Kenneth Butler.
The Twins cut the Service lead to 5-3 with a pair of runs in the fifth. Nick Weigle beat out another infield hit, Robby Rounsaville followed with a double and Butler and Brett Toering hit back-to-back RBI singles.
Rounsaville hit and RBI double in the sixth inning to cut the Service lead to one, but ran through a stop sign at second trying to stretch his double to a triple and was tagged out at third base, ending the inning.
The Twins pushed the potential tying run as far as third base in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn't notch the one more hit that might have tied the game.
The Twins are 7-14 overall and return home to Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai to face East Anchorage today at 3 p.m.
COUGARS 5, TWINS 4
Service 023 000 0 5 7 1
Kenai 100 021 0 4 12 3
Cronin, Enslow (5), Rider (5) and Dunford; Simpson, Butler (5) and Butler, Hicks (5). W Cronin. L Simpson. 2B Service, Stokes; Twins, Rounsaville 2. 3B Service, Lambert.
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