The Post 20 Twins Junior Varsity came up one game short of winning the Alaska State American Legion Tournament at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage Tuesday.
The Twins came into Tuesday needing to beat Service twice to win the title. Post 20 topped the Cougars 7-6 in the first game before dropping a 9-7 decision in the second game.
Post 20 finished its season at 31-13.
"I think this ballclub is the equal of any ballclub in the state at this level," Twins Varsity manager Lance Coz said. "Things are looking good for next year."
In the first game, the Twins went in to the top of the seventh inning trailing 5-0, but pulled off an Oilers-like comeback and scored seven runs after two were out to notch the victory.
Cory Janson had a three-run triple in the seventh, while Gresham Oliver had two RBIs and Justin Payment and Kenneth Butler each knocked in a run.
The last-inning heroics made a winner out of Quincy Bird, who pitched all seven innings and gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out four.
In the second game, the Twins fell behind 9-0 after three innings thanks to six errors. However, Post 20 got three runs on a triple by Nick Weigle in the top of the fifth, then scored four runs in the seventh and got the tying run to the plate before finally losing.
Bird finished 3-for-4 in the game.
"They showed a lot of character coming back," Twins JV manager John Butler said. "We dug the hole too deep today."
Justin Payment pitched the first three innings and took the loss for Post 20, while Norton Dablemont had three innings of scoreless relief.
In news relating to the varsity team, Eric Newby, Paul John Zobeck and Danny Bookey were all named to the all-district team. Bookey also was given the MVP award at the state tournament, while Zobeck was given the Big Stick Award.
Coz said there will be a four-week program focusing on fundamentals starting Sept. 9. He said those 15 to 16 years of age can call him at 283-6101 for more information.
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