The American Legion Twins baseball team of Kenai opened the Alaska state tournament with a 10-2 win over West Anchorage Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
With the win, the Twins advance to face defending champion East Anchorage today at 3:30 p.m.
"The kids played well today. We made four errors, which is not what we're used to seeing, but it's the state tournament and it's a whole different game," said Twins coach John Kennedy.
The errors didn't hurt the Twins due in large part to the pitching of Jeff Kennedy and Steven Mabeus, who combined to one-hit West.
The Twins offense meanwhile rapped out nine hits. The Twins plated a pair of runs in the second inning and one run in the fourth before exploding for seven runs in the sixth inning.
"With our offense, it was just a matter of time until we got into them," Kennedy said.
Kevin Epperheimer doubled for the Twins and Erich Simpson hit a triple. Luke Oliver was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in, Luke Gilbert was 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two, and Cole Chappell was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Jordan Waters went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Shawn Issacs was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
TWINS 10, EAGLES 2, 7 inn.
West 000 200 0 2 1 1
Kenai 020 107 x 10 9 4
Prokoesch, Evans (5), Zimmerman (6), Vandegriff (6) and Alvarez; Kennedy, Mabeus and J. Simpson. W Kennedy. L Prokoesch. 2B Twins, Epperheimer. 3B Twins, E. Simpson.
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