The American Legion Twins were swept by Chugiak on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The Twins fell to 10-9 in the league and 16-25 overall. Twins manager John Butler said the loss was costly in terms of seeding for the state tournament, which starts on Friday in Anchorage. Butler said a lot of teams are bunched up, so wins are crucial right now.
The Twins conclude their regular season today against South with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
In the first game, Chugiak took a 9-1 lead with a seven-run third inning. AJ Hull took the loss.
"The third inning was our downfall," Butler said. "AJ actually threw really well. We had a couple of errors that really cost us. After we went down 9-1, we just went flat."
Cameron Fritz pitched the whole game for Chugiak. The game went five innings due to the mercy rule and Fritz yielded eight hits.
Braden Price was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs, Mitchell Thompson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Josiah Covey was 2-for-3.
"They know they can play better," Butler said. "They didn't even come close to playing their best. Not even close."
The Twins lost the second game -- a seven-inning affair -- 8-1. The Twins had a season-low three hits in the game. Two of those hits came from Jake Darrow.
Butler said the bright spot in the game was the pitching of Pat Pickett.
Pickett, 17, had not pitched since he was 13. Butler said he pitched very well, giving up six runs -- three of which were earned.
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