Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2002

Twins sweep Wasilla

The Post 20 Twins swept the Wasilla Road Warriors Sunday. The games were played in Wasilla, but were actually home games for the Twins due to Post 20 not being able to secure a field in Kenai.

The Twins improved their record to 20-17 overall and 7-3 in District II with the sweep. The two wins also allowed the Twins to stay within striking distance of Fairbanks, which currently rules District II with a 5-1 record.

Post 20 banged out 18 hits to win the first game 17-7. The game was scheduled for nine innings, but only went eight innings due to the 10-run rule. The Twins took control of the game in the eighth inning by scoring eight runs. Wasilla pitchers issued seven walks in the frame.

David Newby was 6-for-6 with three RBIs while Eric Newby was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Cory Janson also had three RBIs. Will Ridgeway picked up the win for the Twins.

In the second game, Post 20 picked up a 6-3 victory. Bud Baun and Corey Grimm combined to hold Wasilla to four hits in the game.

David Newby kept up his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Baun also was 2-for-3.

The Twins play Meridan, Idaho, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in a nine-inning game. Wednesday, the Twins will travel to Anchorage to make up a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader with Dimond.

Game 1

TWINS 17, ROAD WARRIORS 7, 8 innings, 10-run rule

Wasilla 140 011 00 -- 7 6 4

Post 20 101 601 08 -- 17 18 1

Russler, Sandvick (7), Morlan (8) and Harris; Ridgeway, Butler (8) and Baun. W -- Ridgeway. L -- Russler. LOB -- Wasilla 8, Post 20 11.

Game 2


Wasilla 021 000 0 -- 3 4 3

Post 20 300 120 0 -- 6 6 1

Webb and Sandvick; Baun, Grimm (5) and Butler, Baun (5). W -- Baun. S -- Grimm. L -- Webb. LOB -- Wasilla 4, Post 20 7.

Hamm tiebreaker penalty kick misses mark

WASHINGTON -- Zhao Lihong's free kick with five minutes left gave the Philadelphia Charge a 1-1 tie Sunday against the Washington Freedom, whose Mia Hamm missed a penalty kick.

Hamm, starting her first game of the season, sent her shot from the spot wide in the 10th minute.

The tie extends the Charge's unbeaten streak to nine games, which equals the second best in WUSA history. Philadelphia (9-1-4) last lost May 19.

Washington (6-5-4) scored first. Abby Wambach took a short pass from Steffi Jones in front of the net, turned quickly and fired a shot past goalkeeper Melissa Moore in the 75th minute.

Philadelphia got its chance to pull even when Washington midfielder Casey Zimny fouled Liu Ailing with a two-handed push just outside the penalty box.

Zhao's free kick flew over Freedom goalkeeper Erin Fahey, bounced off the crossbar and into the net.

Hamm's penalty kick chance came when Washington forward Bai Jei was knocked down by both Moore and defender Jenny Benson while chasing a loose ball inside the penalty box.

Charge forward Marinette Pichon, coming off of a hat-trick last week and leading the WUSA with 12 goals, was contained by Washington defenders Emmy Barr and Jen Grubb. Pichon managed only two shots the entire game.

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