The American Legion Twins baseball team took it on the chin Monday, dropping a 12-2 decision to visiting East Anchorage at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
Making things especially difficult for the Twins was East starting pitcher Anton Maxwell, who struck out 15 batters in just six innings of work while his teammates pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of six Twins errors to provide more than enough run support.
"We lost the battle, but we'll keep fighting the war," said Twins manager Lance Coz. "We knew we'd have to face Maxwell sometime."
Indeed, Maxwell left Twins batters scratching their heads all afternoon. He allowed one hit in his six innings of work and had nine strikeouts through three innings, including a 1-2-3 first inning.
"At the beginning of the game, I was just trying to get adjusted to the mound," Maxwell said. "... I pretty much threw a fastball. I used a fastball and a little bit of a curveball. I threw one changeup, and that was their only hit."
The Twins didn't score a run until the seventh inning, when the home team drew three straight walks off East reliever Jon Poland. Poland was lifted for Wade Zelazny, who got a strikeout for the first out of the inning, but threw a wild pitch on the third strike, allowing Jacob Madrid to scamper home from third.
Down 11-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Twins added a run to prevent the game from ending early under the 10-run rule. Robbie Rounsaville was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced all the way to third on an errant throw down to first by the East catcher.
Rounsaville scored on a bunt single by Kenneth Butler just the second Twins hit of the game.
Corey Grimm took the loss for the Twins, now 7-15 overall. The Twins will host a team from Arizona today at 6 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
THUNDERBIRDS 12, TWINS 2
East 120 012 231 12 13 3
Kenai 000 000 110 2 2 6
Maxwell, Poland (7), Zelazny (7), Jensen (8) and Jensen, Baldwin (8); Grimm, Rounsaville (6) and Butler. W Maxwell. L Grimm. 2B East, McLeod 2, Waldron. 3B East, McLeod.
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