The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team took advantage of every opportunity presented to grab the lead in the opening game of their doubleheader against the Post 28 Service Cougars Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
Unfortunately for the Twins, the Cougars preyed on a couple of Twins mistakes in the late innings as Service pulled out a 8-7 win.
The Twins took advantage of three Service errors to plate four runs in the first inning of game two, then made the lead stand for a 4-2 win.
"A similar thing happened last time we played them at the BP tournament, where they came back in the bottom of the seventh to win," said Twins manager Lance Coz after the first game. "They had good discipline at the plate, and a couple of those hits just went off the end of the bat.
Post 20 Twin's Cory Janson fouls off a pitch in the first inning of the second game Saturday afternoon.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
"The thing we have to do, and it's necessary if we want to be a challenger at the state tournament, is we have to have that killer instinct. When we have the lead, we have to keep the pressure on."
Service took an early lead on the Twins in game one, striking for one run in the first and one in the third against Post 20 starting pitcher Brad Burck.
The Twins scratched out five runs in the bottom of the third inning to claim the lead.
Gresham Oliver led off with a walk, and Eric Newby's well-placed sacrifice bunt turned into a hit as Newby placed the ball between the Service pitcher and the charging first baseman.
David Newby followed with a sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third, and Aaron Hughes drew a walk to load the bases.
Adrian Borchgrevink hit a chopper down the third base line, but the throw for the force at the plate went astray, allowing two Twins runs to score.
Kyle Foster hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Hughes, and walks to Quincy Bird and Dominic Plasencia reloaded the bases.
Borchgrevink scored from third on a wild pitch, and when the Service pitcher and catcher were slow to return to their positions, Bird took advantage of the opportunity and snuck home while nobody was looking.
"We've got to take advantage any time we can. We caught them not paying attention," Plasencia said.
Service scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Twins were able to match that with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Borchgrevink hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Plasencia. Bird reached on an error, advanced on Plasencia's hit and scored on a single by Ely Evanson.
Service scored four runs on three hits and two Post 20 errors to take the lead in the eighth inning, though, to steal the win.
"We've just gotta go get 'em when we get up," Plasencia said. "An easy grounder turns into a big inning for them with a couple of errors. We let them stay in the ballgame and put pressure on us in the late innings."
The Twins were able to relieve that pressure in game two of the doubleheader, making their early lead stand. David Newby started on the mound for the Twins, retiring the side in order in the first, second, third and fifth innings.
Danny Bookey made an appearance in relief, getting two outs in the sixth and finishing off the seventh.
Cory Janson led off the first inning for the Twins by legging out an infield hit, and the next two Twins batters, David Newby and Eric Newby, reached on Service errors. Borchgrevink singled, and all of the first four batters of the inning scored as the Twins sent nine batters to the plate in the frame.
Quincy Bird also had a hit in the first inning, and David Newby notched the only other Twins hit of the game, a triple in the bottom of the fifth inning.
"We have the attitude that we can come back from anything," Plasencia said. "We're going to take this four-game slide, and turn it into some positive energy. We're going to come back and win some ballgames."
The Twins will see if they can keep the pressure on against a tough opponent when they face Dimond today in a doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The first game is slated to start at 12:30 p.m.
COUGARS 8, TWINS 7
Service 101 000 240 -- 8 11 4
Post 20 005 000 200 -- 7 10 3
Beechen, Ennis (4), Rider (7) and McGinnis; Burck, Payment (9) and Evanson. W -- Rider. L -- Burck. 2B -- Cougars, Varela; Twins, Borchgrevink. LOB --Cougars 8, Twins 11.
TWINS 4, COUGARS 2
Service 001 001 0 -- 2 3 3
Post 20 400 000 x -- 4 4 1
Callaway and McGinnis; D. Newby, Bookey (6) and Payment. W -- D. Newby. L -- Callaway. 2B -- Cougars, Breager. 3B -- Twins, D. Newby. LOB -- Cougars 2, Twins 3.
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