The American Legion Twins stayed alive at the Alaska State Tournament Thursday in Anchorage with an 8-1 victory over Bartlett.
The Twins will look to keep their run going in the tournament today at 3 p.m., when they play the loser of the Chugiak and East game that was being contested late Thursday night. If the Twins win Friday, they will have to win either one or two games Saturday to win the championship. The number of games the Twins have to win Saturday depends on other tournament action.
The Twins received a dominant pitching performance from Steve Mabeus. Mabeus pitched all seven innings and gave up just one run on five hits. The Twins defense didn’t commit any errors.
Twins coach John Kennedy said Mabeus had his fastball and changeup working.
“He just does a very good job of throwing to spots and making hitters hit it,” Kennedy said. “Our defense played flawlessly.”
Kennedy said the Twins showed patience at the plate and it paid off with 11 hits. Justin Simpson provided the big blow, hitting a three-run home run to key a five-run fifth inning that broke open the game.
Also for the Twins, Jacob Madrid was 2-for-3, Erich Simpson was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Shawn Issacs was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Issacs will take the hill for the Twins today.
“We’ve got a fresh arm tomorrow,” Kennedy said. “We’re in good shape.”
TWINS 8, GOLDEN BEARS 1
Bartlett 000 001 0 1 5 1
Kenai 111 050 X 8 11 0
Stephan, Hester (3), Cloud (3) and Knox; Mabeus and Ju. Simpson. W Mabeus. L Stephan. 2B Bartlett: Stephan 3; Kenai: Epperheimer, Gilbert, E. Simpson. HR Kenai: Ju. Simpson.
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