The American Legion Twins baseball team dropped a pair of games to East Anchorage Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
In the first game of the afternoon, the Twins ran into a hot pitcher in Chad Nading and made some uncharacteristic errors in the field in a 8-1 loss. The game ended after seven innings because the Thunderbirds were up by seven runs.
The Twins managed to scratch out a run in the first inning when Justin Simpson walked and stole second, eventually scoring when Luke Gilbert reached on an East fielding error.
Twins starter Jeff Kennedy got some defensive help in keeping East off the scoreboard through the first three innings. The Twins turned a double play to get out of a first-and-third jam in the top of the second inning, and Simpson gunned down a baserunner trying to steal after reaching on a Twins error in the third.
Nading had Twins batters scatching their heads all afternoon, however, limiting the home team to one hit, and the Thunderbirds got on the board with four runs in the fourth.
"We faced a pretty good pitcher, and he shut us down," Twins head coach John Kennedy said. "We made some errors, a lot more than we usually do. We've got to learn to let that go and come back for the next game."
Gilbert put the Twins up 1-0 in the second inning of game two, reaching on a walk and scoring on a passed ball and a pair of wild pitches.
East tied the game with a run in the fourth, then secured the win with four unearned runs in the seventh.
"Today was just one we wanted to get over with," Kennedy said.
"We had some moments. The other day, we scored three times on squeeze plays. Today, squeeze plays turned into two double plays. Our timing was just off."
The Twins will be in action over the weekend as they host the District 2 tournament. Fairbanks and Wasilla will open the tournament Saturday at noon at Seymour Park, with the winner to play the top-seeded Twins at 3 p.m.
The tournament will continue Sunday with Saturday's losers squaring off at noon, and the winner of that game to play the winner of Saturday's second game at 3 p.m.
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