The Service American Legion baseball team swept the Twins by scores of 13-3 and 13-7 Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
After showing signs of life with a runner-up finish at the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament in early July, the Twins split four games last weekend then endured the sweep Saturday to fall to 11-25 overall.
"The kids played well in that tournament," Twins head coach John Kennedy said. "Today, though, we unfortunately went back to the way we were playing at the beginning of the season."
The motto that the Twins program has had for years is based on thinking, hustling and communicating. Kennedy said his squad failed on all counts Saturday.
"It's just frustrating because we have the talent here to play with any team in the state," Kennedy said.
In the first game, the Twins were trailing 1-0 heading into the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth inning, a series of Twins' fielding miscues on bunts allowed the Cougars to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Service's M. McNaughton fails to tag Jacob Madrid of the Twins out on a pick-off attempt at first in the sixth inning of Saturday's first game.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
"They started bunting and we couldn't even make a play on the bunts," Kennedy said. "It just kind of snowballed from there."
The Cougars pounded in seven runs on six hits in the top of the seventh inning to put an exclamation point on the victory. Alex Johansen took the loss on the mound for the Twins.
On offense, the Twins had trouble getting anything going. The Twins had just four hits in the game, with Doug Starett collecting a triple and Kevin Epperheimer bagging a double.
The Twins then got off to a bad start in the second game, giving up five unearned runs in the second inning. However, the Twins battled right back with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Service held an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when the Twins tried to mount a comeback. Luke Mese scored on a balk and Epperheimer scored on a ground-out by Jake Simpson as the Twins cut the lead to one.
However, Service struck back for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game away. The Twins had a pair of costly errors in the inning, including a throwing error that turned a triple into a home run.
Epperheimer paced the Twins at the plate in the second game with three hits and two RBI, while Jake Simpson also had a pair of RBI.
The Twins will try and get back on the right track today with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader against Chugiak at Seymour Park.
COUGARS 13, TWINS 3, 7 inn.
Service 000 150 7 13 12 2
Twins 000 002 1 3 4 4
Ward, Wasserman (7) and Varela; Johansen, Jake Simpson (7) and Kennedy. W Ward. L Johansen. 2B Twins: Epperheimer. 3B Twins: Starett. LOB Service 4, Twins 8.
COUGARS 13, TWINS 7
Service 050 012 5 13 9 2
Twins 050 002 0 7 7 5
Rider, Haas (3) and Paul; Isaacs, Townsend (6) and Ju. Simpson. W Haas. L Isaacs. 2B Service: Haas, Rider; Twins: Ju. Simpson, E. Simpson. 3B Service: Haas; Twins: Epperheimer. HR Service: Dunford. LOB Service 6, Twins 6.
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