The Kenai American Legion Twins fell just short of advancing in the first round of the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament, dropping a tight 4-3, 11-inning decision to Bartlett Sunday in Anchorage.
The loss means the Twins will now have to try and move up through the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The Twins can stay alive in the eight-team tournament if they can get by West today at noon. The Eagles lost 2-0 to Chugiak Sunday night.
Following the game, Twins head coach John Kennedy said unearned runs and missed opportunities doomed his squad against Bartlett.
"We gave up four unearned runs, and that's what beat us," Kennedy said.
A throwing error with two outs in the eleventh inning allowed two Bartlett runs to score. Then in the bottom half of the inning, Kenai got one run and had the tying run on second base when the game ended.
"The kids played really well today except for the errors," Kennedy said.
Kenai pitchers Jeff Kennedy and Erich Simpson combined to give up just five hits all singles over 11 innings.
"The pitching was phenomenal," Kennedy said.
On offense, the Twins were led by Jacob Madrid who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and one run batted in and Erich Simpson, who went 2-for-5.
Kennedy said the Twins were able to get plenty of men on base, but were often unable to come through in the clutch, stranding a total of 12 baserunners.
"The baseball Gods were not in our favor," he said.
GOLDEN BEARS 4, TWINS 3, 11 Innings
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Kennedy, E. Simpson (8) and J. Simpson. Hart, T. Knox (10), Olson (11) and K. Knox. W Olson. L Simpson. 2B Twins: Madrid (2), Mese, Epperheimer. LOB Bartlett 6, Twins 12.
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