The American Legion Twins baseball team ended its season Sunday with an 11-6 loss to the Fairbanks Tri-Cities 49ers in the elimination bracket at the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The Twins trailed 2-1 after the first inning, but Fairbanks took advantage of three hits and three Twins errors to score three runs in the third inning.
Each team scored a run in the fifth inning, but after the 49ers scored two runs in the top of the sixth, the Twins rallied for four runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame to pull to within two runs, 8-6.
Brett Toering started the rally with a leadoff single. Nick Weigle followed with a single and Zack Hicks beat out a bunt for a base hit to load the bases.
Erich Simpson singled to drive in one run, and Kenneth Butler followed with a two-run single. After a sacrifice bunt by Luke Meese to move the runners over, Kyle Foster singled to drive in the Twins' fourth run of the inning.
Fairbanks struck for three runs to put the game away in the top of the eighth, though, and while the Twins had a runner on base with no outs in each of the last three innings, they couldn't push across another run.
49ERS 11, TWINS 6
Fairbanks 203 012 030 -- 11 10 1
Kenai 100 014 000 -- 6 10 9
Reeves, McLain (6) and Aldridge; Weigle, Rounsaville (6), Johansen (9) and Butler. W -- Reeves. L -- Weigle. 2B -- 49ers, Shaver. 3B -- Twins, Rounsaville. HR -- 49ers, Shaver.
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