Sport Briefs

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008

Gilliland, teammates to speak

Handcyclist Rick Gilliland and teammates from Team Alaska will hold a meet and greet at the new Subway location in Soldotna.

The meet and greet will take place after the Progress Days Parade on Saturday. The new Subway location is on the Sterling Highway in front of Safeway.

Twins top Fairbanks on Wednesday

The Post 20 Twins scored in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday in capturing a 2-1 conference win over Fairbanks at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

After losing 3-2 in 11 innings to Fairbanks in the conference game on Tuesday before winning a 2-0, rain-shortened, wood-bat game later that day, the Twins were the visitors on Wednesday despite playing on their home field.

"Big win," said Twins manager John Butler. "The whole idea was to try and split during the conference games, and so far we've done that, except with Chugiak."

Fairbanks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Twins knotted it in the fifth when Larsen Kohler and Ethan Waters walked and Kris Netschert's single brought home Kohler.

Waters later singled to begin the top of the ninth and stole second and third. He scored the eventual game-winner on a suicide squeeze by Netschert, the Fairbanks' pitcher's throw to home landing in the dirt before escaping the catcher.

Kohler started for the Twins and went seven strong innings, surrendering the one run, which was unearned, on four hits, two walks and a hit batter with six strikeouts.

"He struggled in the first two innings," Butler said. "He threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings, then he settled down and started getting ahead of hitters and he pitched a real nice ballgame."

Netschert finished off the final two frames, allowing just two hits and no walks with one strikeout.

After surrendering a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth, he induced a game-ending double play in helping the Twins improve to 18-20 overall and 9-9 in conference play.

"You always hope for better, but with as short as we were with players, I'm pretty proud of this team so far," Butler said, adding the team closes its regular season in Anchorage with 12:30 p.m. doubleheaders against South and West on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. "Hopefully things will work our way."

- Staff report

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