The American Legion Twins baseball program finished the season on a high note, winning the 2004 American Legion Preview Tournament last weekend in Anchorage.
Participants in the tournament were allowed to field teams with four of their varsity players. The rest of the rosters were filled with players off the junior teams.
The Twins won five straight games to take the tournament title, starting with an 8-7, extra-inning win over Service Aug. 6. Erich Simpson was the winning pitcher for the Twins while Shane Dunn drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. All tournament games were scheduled for seven innings.
Kevin Epperheimer, coming to the Twins program from Kenai's Senior Little League, went 4-for-5 at the plate.
Friday, the Twins defeated Dimond 12-2 in a five-inning, 10-run rule-shortened game. Epperheimer picked up the win while Jacob Madrid was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three runs driven in. Simpson was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The Twins played two games on Saturday, defeating Chugiak 8-4, then defeating East 10-9 in eight innings.
Alex Johansen picked up the win against Chugiak while Simpson and Jeff Kennedy each went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Against East, Shawn Isaacs started the game and went four innings. Kennedy came in with the bases loaded and went on to throw another four innings to secure the win.
In Sunday's championship game, the Twins defeated Dimond 5-1. Simpson picked up the win while Epperheimer went 2-for-2, Madrid was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Jeromy Hale notched a pair of RBI.
Twins manager Lance Coz added that there will be a fall baseball program this season. Athletes ages 15 to 18 not involved in other sports are invited to participate. Practices will be Tuesday and Thursday evening starting Aug. 26 and games will played as doubleheaders on Saturdays in Anchorage. For more information, contact Coz at 283-6101.
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