Eagle River sweeps Twins


Host Eagle River got a sweep of the American Legion Post 20 Twins on Wednesday, winning the league contest 5-3 before dropping the nonleague contest 6-4.

With three league games still going on Wednesday night, the Twins were at 6-6 in the league and 11-11 overall, good for fifth in the American Division. Eagle River leads the division at 11-0 and 18-8.

In the league game, the Twins took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning, but Eagle River scored one in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Post 20 tried to rally in the top of the seventh. With one away, Daltyn Deborski was hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a ground-out by Atticus Gibson, then scored on a double by Hunter Williams. Jacob Belger represented the tying run and popped out to first.

Gibson took the loss, going 4 2-3 innings and giving up five runs — four earned — on 10 hits while walking two and striking out three. Gabe Smith pitched a hitless and scoreless 1 1-3 innings.

The Twins had five hits, with Gibson getting two of them and Williams, Smith and Riley Johnson each getting one.

In the nonleague game, the Twins were patient enough for six walks, but Charlie Chamberlain and Levi Mickelson had the team’s only hits.

Despite that, Post 20 led 4-3 all the way to the bottom of the sixth, when Eagle River pushed across three runs.

Belger pitched 4 2-3 innings, giving up three runs — two earned — on nine hits while walking one and striking out one. Johnny Brinner took loss, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in an inning. Chamberlain recorded an out without an incident.

The Twins stay on the road to face Chugiak in a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

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