Twins earn split in Anchorage: Local 9 wins 2nd game against South

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2009

The American Legion Twins split a doubleheader with South on Saturday in Anchorage.

The Twins lost the first game 14-4, with the game ending in the sixth inning due to the mercy rule. The loss dropped the Twins to 6-10 in the conference.

Braden Price got the start for the Twins and lasted 1 1-3 innings, giving up seven runs on three hits. Price hit three batters, and Twins manager John Butler said the Twins also made three costly errors behind Price. Justice Elson pitched the last 4 1-3 innings and gave up seven runs on four hits.

"Our defense had been playing extremely well but when we got on the field today we didn't look very good," Butler said.

Mikey Griffin was 1-for-2 with two RBIs for the Twins, while Luke Gilbert was 1-for-3, Mitchell Thompson was 2-for-3 and Bobby Myles was 1-for-2. The Twins had eight hits in the game, while South had seven.

The Twins won the second game 15-8, with the game ending after seven innings due to the mercy rule.

Evan Withrow got the start for the Twins and went five innings, giving up eight runs and nine hits. Vinnie Madrid finished up, throwing shutout ball on one hit.

"I was extremely pleased with the way all the guys pitched," Butler said. "Everybody was inexperienced except for Justice."

In the second game, Gilbert was 3-for-5, Price was 3-for-4, Griffin was 2-for-5, Myles was 2-for-5, Thompson was 2-for-4 and Elson was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

The Twins finish up their regular season today with more games in Anchorage. The Twins play West at 12:30 p.m. and Bartlett at 3:30 p.m.

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