The American Legion Twins defeated South 5-3 on Monday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Twins finish the regular season 11-9 in the conference and 17-25 overall.
The game was originally supposed to be played as a Sunday doubleheader in Kenai, but when rain intervened, the contest was rescheduled for a single game on Monday.
"Considering the guys all got up early this morning after sitting around yesterday, they played great," Twins manager John Butler said. "They all had their game faces on. That's the first time that's happened this year. All 15 guys got off the bus ready to play."
The Twins were able to hold South, which has a team batting average of about .350, to just three runs on eight hits. Sam Bowler pitched all nine innings for the Twins to pick up the victory.
"Sam had problems in two innings where his pitch count got up," Butler said. "Overall, it's the best he's pitched this year. He was ahead of most hitters. He stayed around the plate and the defense played well behind him."
The two biggest defensive plays of the day belonged to Braden Price in center field. Price made diving catches in both the first and sixth innings to thwart South rallies.
"They were both ESPN-highlight-type catches," Butler said.
On offense, Price walked four times and scored a run. Jake Darrow was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, Steven Steger was 1-for-2 with an RBI, AJ Hull was 1-for-2 with two runs and DJ Stilchen was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Butler said the Twins do not yet know their seeding for the state tournament because there are still games to be reported. The state tournament starts Friday at Mulcahy Stadium.
Twins 5, Wolverines 3
South 100 001 001 -- 3 8 3
Twins 220 100 000 -- 5 6 2
Crapps, Karnos (7) and Homes; Bowler and Marcuson. W -- Bowler. L -- Crapps. 2B -- Twins: Darrow. 3B -- South: Bergland. LOB -- South 6, Twins 8.
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