Lynx defeat Twins: Local 9 ousted from state tourney

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009

The American Legion Twins ended their season with a 10-2 loss to Dimond on Sunday in the American Legion state tournament at Oberg Field in Eagle River.

The Lynx were able to pound out nine hits on the way to 10 runs, while the Twins (20-22 overall) got nine hits but only scored two runs.

Evan Withrow got the start for Kenai and took the loss, going four innings and giving up six earned runs on eight hits while walking one and hitting one.

"He did really good for a 15-year-old," Twins manager John Butler said of Withrow. "He got the ball up and they hit it. They are an extremely good-hitting team."

Mikey Griffin finished up for the Twins, pitching five innings and giving up four runs on two hits while walking four and hitting one.

Butler said he knew his team would have to play good defense, and the Twins had two errors, but neither resulted in a run.

Jake Darrow was 2-for-5 for the Twins, while Josh Gilbert was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Braden Price had a double.

"Of course, you're never happy when you lose," Butler said. "We've got a good core coming back. It's going to be hard to lose Josh and Larsen (Kohler), but that's pretty much all we're losing.

"Everybody else should be back, so we'll have experience next year."

The Twins finished runner-up at the state tournament last year. Butler said his team had a hard time recovering from a 10-5 loss to defending champion Chugiak on Saturday. He said that became apparent when the Twins went down 5-1 after the third inning.

"They scored two more in the third inning and we went flat," Butler said.

Lynx 10, Twins 2

Dimond 122 100 202 -- 10 9 1

Twins 100 000 100 -- 2 9 1

Scott, D. Lauwers (8) and Olson; Withrow, Griffin (5) and Marcuson. W -- Scott. L -- Withrow. 2B -- Demoss, Olson, Rosen, Price. 3B -- D. Lauwers.

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