The American Legion Twins took a pair of conference games on Sunday in Anchorage to give them a shot of confidence as they prepare to try and equal or better their runner-up performance of a year ago at the state tournament.
The Twins finish up their conference regular season at 8-12 and start play at the state tournament Friday.
The Twins started the day by topping West 7-3 in a seven-inning conference game. Larsen Kohler went the distance for the Twins, giving up six hits and one earned run while striking out 10.
Braden Price, Josh Gilbert, Kohler and Tyler Marcuson each had two hits for the Twins.
The highlight for West was turning a triple play on the Twins. The Twins had runners on second and third with no outs and tried a suicide squeeze, but the bunter popped out, hanging the two runners out to dry.
In the second game, the Twins routed Bartlett 19-1 in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Gilbert pitched all five innings and gave up an unearned run on two hits while striking out six and walking five.
On offense, Jake Darrow had two hits and five RBIs, Price had three RBIs, Kohler had two RBIs, Gilbert had two hits and Elson had two hits and three RBIs.
Twins assistant coach Jake Lamphier said the two games were just what the Twins needed heading into state.
"We'll have a fresh pitching staff going in, and the fact that we just got some confidence that we could hit the ball off these teams," Lamphier said.
Lamphier said the one cause for concern arising out of Sunday's play is the Twins' poor decisions on the base paths.
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