The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins defeated Wasilla 16-1 Sunday in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule at the Alaska American Legion Baseball District II Tournament in Wasilla.
Post 20 moves on to a 10 a.m. game today against Juneau, which defeated the Twins 14-8 late Saturday. The loser of today's game finishes third in the tournament, while the winner goes on to face Fairbanks in the championship game.
Because it is a double-elimination tournament, either Juneau or the Twins will have to defeat Fairbanks twice to take the District II crown. The first championship game will be at 2 p.m. today.
If the Twins, who are the defending District II champions, are to get to the championship game, they'll have to hit and field like they did against Wasilla Sunday, and not hit and field like they did against Juneau Saturday.
Saturday, the Twins committed seven errors and six of Juneau's first eight runs were unearned. Meanwhile, Juneau's pitching held Post 20 to four hits.
"It was kind of the same case when they beat us 9-1 in Kenai," Twins manager Lance Coz said. "We staked them to a big, fat early lead and they hid away pretty well."
Eric Newby had half of Post 20's hits in the game, slugging a double and a triple.
Coz said the Twins took out their frustration over Saturday's loss Sunday against the Road Warriors. Danny Bookey shut down Wasilla in the game, allowing just one run and four hits in five innings. Bookey threw just 40 pitches in moving his record to 9-3.
On offense, Eric Newby was 2-for-5 with an RBI, David Newby was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, Brad Burck was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Justin Payment was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, Quincy Bird was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Kyle Foster was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Coz said today's rematch against Juneau is the most important game of the tournament. The winner will not only advance in the tournament, but will stay out of a 9 a.m. game on the opening day of the American Legion state tournament.
"Plus another factor is we want to show Juneau we're a better team than when we played them Saturday night," said Coz, whose team has a 24-20-1 record.
JUNEAU 14, TWINS 8
Juneau 305 211 002 -- 14 16 3
Post 20 101 303 000 -- 8 4 7
Scandling, Baun (4), Meek (5) and Schoenberger; Hughes, Payment (4), Dablemont (5), Plasencia (7) and Evanson, Butler (8). W -- Baun. L -- Hughes. 2B -- Post 20: E. Newby. 3B -- Post 20: E. Newby. LOB -- Juneau 10, Post 20 9.
TWINS 16, ROAD WARRIORS 1, 5 inn.
Post 20 247 30 -- 16 14 0
Wasilla 100 00 -- 1 4 4
Bookey and Payment; Jensen, Webb (3), Morland (3), McKiernan (5) and Peltz. W -- Bookey (9-3). L -- Jensen. 2B -- Post 20: E. Newby, D. Newby, Burck; Wasilla: McKiernan. 3B -- E. Newby, D. Newby. LOB -- Post 20 7, Wasilla 3.
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