The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team opened the BP Tournament in Anchorage with a tough 6-5 loss to Service Friday, but rebounded with a 16-6 drubbing of Chugiak Saturday.
The Twins lost to an all-star team from Gig Harbor, Wash., 6-3 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage in the late game Saturday.
The tournament concludes today with playoffs and a championship game. Post 20 will be playing for fifth place in the 12:45 p.m. game.
The Twins scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning and took a slim 5-4 lead into the seventh and final inning of play in Friday's game.
The Cougars plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the win, though.
Brad Burck went seven inning s on the mound for the Twins, giving up six runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. He struck out two and walked three.
Post 20 scored two runs in the first inning. Eric Newby doubled to lead off the game and scored on a single by David Newby. Aaron Hughes followed with a double and scored on a single by Adrian Borchgrevink.
Service tied the game with runs in the first and fourth innings, but the Twins regained the lead in the sixth. Gresham Oliver walked with one out and stole second and Ely Evanson singled.
Both runners scored on a triple by Eric Newby, and David Newby followed with an RBI single.
The Cougars got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth, though, setting themselves up for their seventh-inning rally.
Against Chugiak, everyone scored for the Twins -- literally. Post 20 batted around in the fourth inning, with every Twins batter crossing the plate.
Chugiak cut into the Twins 11-1 lead with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Twins scored five runs in the bottom of the frame to end the game early with the 10-run rule.
Aaron Hughes pitched five innings to collect the win for the Twins.
Post 20 jumped out to a 3-2 lead after the first inning against Gig Harbor, with Kyle Foster and Brad Burck notching RBI singles and Quincy Bird chipping in with a sacrifice-fly RBI.
Norton Dablemont got the start for the Twins and pitched two good innings, Justin Payment threw 3 1-3 innings of relief and Danny Bookey finished off the game.
Gig Harbor scored three of its runs by way of the long ball, one a solo shot in the first and the other a two-run homer in the sixth.
COUGARS 6, TWINS 5
Post 20 200 003 0 -- 5 7 2
Service 100 102 2 -- 6 8 1
Burck and Evanson; Callaway, Breager (7) and McGinnis. W -- Breager. L -- Burck. 2B -- Twins, E. Newby 2, Hughes; Cougars, McGinnins, Stokes. 3B -- Twins, E. Newby. LOB -- Twins 9, Cougars 6.
TWINS 15, MUSTANGS 5
Chugiak 100 05 -- 5 7 5
Post 20 200 95 -- 15 15 3
Sturkie, McMichael (4) and Rivera; Hughes and Payment. W -- Hughes. L -- Sturkie. 2B -- Mustangs, Remy; Twins, E. Newby, D. Newby, Foster; 3B -- Mustangs, Ihde; Twins, Borchgrevink. LOB -- Mustangs 5, Twins 3.
GIG HARBOR 6, TWINS 3
Post 20 300 000 0 -- 3 4 2
Gig Harbor 220 002 x -- 6 9 2
Dablemont, Payment (3), Bookey (6) and Evanson; Mansfield and Burg. W -- Mansfield. L -- Dablemont.
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