Twins get the best of Old Timers

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

Wednesday night's Old Timers Game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park wasn't bad for a test run.

The game was revived this year as a way of raising funds for the American Legion Twins, which lost the sponsorship of American Legion Post 20 before this season.

Largely through word of mouth and an announcement in the local newspaper, the Twins were able to round up 18 alumni to play in the game.

Coz said the plan is to build on that 18 by setting a date in advance so alumni can plan further ahead for the game.

But, for the short notice, the Old Timers did quite well in a 6-3 loss to the Twins.

"It was good to see all the old faces out here," said Coz, now in his 24th season as the manager of the Twins. "That's the nice thing about coaching all these years the memories."

With Dennis Machado, currently the pitching coach for East and once a draftee of the Montreal Expos, shutting out the Twins for the first two innings, the Old Timers got on the board first.

In the top of the second inning, Gresham Oliver reached first base on a bunt single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by John Kennedy. Kennedy, now the coach of the Twins junior varsity club, last played for the Twins in 1979, making him the oldest player on the Old Timers roster.

Brad Burck held the Twins scoreless in the third inning, then the Old Timers struck for two more runs in the top of the fourth inning with Adrian Borchgrevink and Ryan Magee each scoring.

However, the Twins made a comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs off Borchgrevink. Kyle Foster, Nick Weigle, Robby Rounsaville and Jacob Madrid scored in the rally.

The Twins then got to Mike Smith, who recently finished his playing career at New Mexico State, for two runs in the fifth inning. Kenneth Butler and Foster scored in that spurt.

After that Smith, with the help of relievers Dan Ungrue and Severin Gardner, held the Twins scoreless for the rest of the game

But the Twins were holding the Old Timers down by playing solid defense behind their pitchers, which were throwing strikes.

Alex Johansen pitched the first two innings for the Twins, followed by Kenneth Butler for two innings, followed by Rounsaville for two innings.

Finally, Jeff Kennedy pitched two-thirds of an inning and Jacob Madrid pitched one-third of an inning.

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