Hopefully, state will be just as easy.
The American Legion Twins scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to steam rolling the Alaska Road Warriors of Wasilla 13-1 on Sunday.
The win gives the Twins the championship of District 2 and a berth in the state tournament, which begins Aug. 2.
"We played very well today," Twins coach John Kennedy said after the game. "We had all aspects of the game working for us."
Shawn Isaacs threw a five-inning complete game for the Twins, giving up just four hits all singles and no earned runs.
"Our team hit pretty well today," Isaacs said.
Isaacs downplayed his dominance on the mound, crediting his teammates' solid hitting and defense.
"I couldn't ask for more," Isaacs said.
The top-seeded Twins only made one error in the game, compared to five for Wasilla.
Isaacs singled out center fielder Cole Chappell's play in the outfield with helping him keep the Road Warriors at bay.
"Cole Chappell made a couple sweet diving catches out there," Isaacs said.
The Twins got things rolling when catcher Jake Simpson reached on an error by the Wasilla shortstop. Simpson moved around the bases on a wild pitch and a balk, setting up right fielder Jacob Madrid for an RBI single.
That opened the floodgates, as every Twin except in the lineup except Erich Simpson scored a run. The Simpson family still got its money's worth, though, as Jake Simpson scored twice.
Madrid finished the inning with two hits and four RBI after cracking a bases-loaded triple that scored Luke Oliver, Scott Foster and Jake Simpson. Twins second baseman Kevin Epperheimer also had two hits in the inning. Epperheimer went 3-4 at the plate with a triple.
As a team, the Twins pounded out 11 hits, including two from Foster and Erich Simpson.
Sunday's championship win over Wasilla wasn't totally unexpected.
The Twins trounced the Road Warriors 9-0 Saturday, and had beaten them in all five of their previous meetings. Still, Isaacs said Kenai didn't want to come out and play flat with the district title nearly theirs.
"You can't underestimate them," he said.
Now the Twins are off to state, where Kennedy said his team has a good chance to make a solid run.
"We've got a good team and we can compete," Kennedy said. "It's just a matter of putting it together.
"We've just got to play our best and keep our heads in the game," he said. "If we do that we're set."
TWINS 13, ROAD WARRIORS 1
Kenai 009 40 13 11 1
Wasilla 000 10 1 4 5
Prunella, Farrington and Brent; Isaacs and J. Simpson. W Isaacs. L Prunella. 2B E. Simpson (2), Foster. 3B Madrid, Epperheimer. LOB Twins 7, Wasilla 3.
Bucs outlast Oilers
Clarion staff report
A tired arm finally caught up with Dave Pellegrine.
The Peninsula Oilers starter went to full counts with five of the first seven batters he faced Sunday against the Anchorage Bucs, including Zach McAngus. McAngus's single on a 3-2 count was the first of three second-inning runs Pellegrine would give up before leaving the game behind 3-2. Pellegrine took the loss, as Anchorage went on to score six more times in the game and pick up a 9-2 Alaska Baseball League win.
After the game, Oilers manager Mike Coutts said in a radio interview that Pellegrine's arm was sore in the bullpen before the game.
Bucs starter Guerra didn't have similar problems. Guerra went all nine innings, giving up just four hits.
The game featured a snafu in the Oilers' batting order that came to light during the third inning. Coutts told KSRM radio that he mistakenly gave the umpire the lineup card from Saturday's game, and took the blame for the early confusion. The mishap didn't result in any outs being charged to the Oilers, as Bucs head coach Matt Priess agreed to let the Oilers switch their order to reflect Saturday's batting order.
David Newby, Jake Kahaulelio, Nathan Faulkner and Chad Tracy had hits for the oilers. Newby scored the game's first run after reaching base with a double on the first pitch of the game. Newby scored when Kahaulelio singled, then came across himself when Tracy singled.
The Oilers could only manage one hit after that, as Guerra settled into a groove.
Peninsula pitchers Pellegrine, Matt Meyer, Chuck Rider and Matt Meyer combined for 11 strikeouts, but the Bucs 12 hits proved too much to overcome.
The Oilers and Bucs play again today at 2 p.m. in Anchorage.
BUCS 9, OILERS 2
Anchorage 031 120 102 9 12 5
Peninsula 200 000 000 2 4 2
Guerra and Robbins; Pellegrine, Meyer, Rider and Reifer. W Guerra. L Pellegrine. 2B Anchorage: Peck.
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