Logan Strid went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, Arnie Krogh hit a solo home run and Dimond roughed up American Legion Twins' starter Steven Mabeus in beating the Twins, 10-2, in seven innings on Friday in the opening round of the American Legion Alaska state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The sixth-seeded Twins managed only five hits, all singles, off Lynx starter Colton Lauwers, who threw a complete game.
"We hit the ball. We hit it right at them," said Twins' coach John Butler. "They made a couple of double plays. They just outplayed us."
Mabeus wasn't quite as lucky as his counterpart.
He scattered nine runs six earned on 11 hits and one hit batter through five shaky innings of work.
"He didn't have his best stuff," Butler explained. "His fastball was just a little bit flat overthrowing it, a little bit pumped up.
"Dimond is a good fastball-hitting team and they went out and hit it. We knew they were," he added. "With no movement on the fastball, we just knew we were in trouble in the first inning."
The Lynx put up a three-spot in the top of the first, five more in the second and another run in the third, jumping ahead 9-0 before the Twins knew what hit them.
"They had a bunch of singles and hit them where we weren't," Butler said.
Justice Elson relieved Mabeus to begin the sixth and surrendered a homer to Krogh, Dimond's 10th and final run of the contest.
The Twins aren't done yet, though, as the tournament is a double-elimination format.
They will take on Bartlett, a team they've defeated twice within the league this year, at 2:30 p.m. today at Mulcahy Stadium.
"Coming up through the loser's bracket's going to be a lot harder, but looking at how the bracket's falling out, I still think we can play with everybody up here," he said. "We haven't thrown in the towel yet. Our guys are all upbeat and they know we can play better than what we did."
Jake Lamphier will start today's contest against Bartlett, leading Butler to believe his team has a strong chance of advancing into the next round on Monday at 9 a.m.
"He's been a mainstay for us on the hill. He's thrown real well in all of his ballgames," he said. "He had one outing that he had to just fight his way through, but he's thrown the ball extremely well this year."
As for winning the tournament, which would require a run of six consecutive victories by the Twins, Butler thinks it could happen.
"It's going to be difficult. But, yeah, it's very possible," he said. "We can hit the baseball and we can play good defense when everyone is playing together. One good thing is we played a bunch of doubleheaders and we know how it is to play every day.
"All of our guys are upbeat about it. It was unfortunate that Steven had a bad game when he did, but our guys understand that's going to happen and they're pretty excited to go back on the field (today)."
LYNX 10, TWINS 2,
Dimond 351 001 0 10 12 2
Post 20 000 050 0 2 5 2
Lauwers and Knowles; Mabeus, Elson (6) and Waters. W Lauwers. L Mabeus. 2B Dimond: Strid, Paone. 3B Dimond: Strid. HR Dimond: Krogh. LOB Dimond 5, Post 20 3.
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