Legion Twins drop pair of games on opening day of Wood Bat tourney

The American Legion Twins lost their first two games in the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament on Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Twins take on East of Anchorage today at 9 a.m. at Seymour Park. The semifinal games at Seymour Park will feature Napoleon (Ohio) against Team Avenue Academy (California) at noon and Castroville (Texas) against Service at 3 p.m.

The Twins dropped a 10-7 decision to Team Avenue Academy before falling 4-0 to Castroville.

In other games Thursday, it was Service 9, East 2; Napoleon 10, Service 0; Castroville 16, East 1; and Castroville 9, Team Avenue Academy 5.

In the final game of the evening, Castroville kept a perfect season alive by topping the Twins.

The Texas squad formed right before coming to Alaska and took the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla on Sunday.

The two Tuesday victories moved Castroville to 6-0, while the Twins are now 9-9 overall.

Texas head coach Nick Alvarado said his team originally had trouble forming because of players backing out at the last minute, but credited general manager Jerome Iltis with using his Legion experience to get a team together and send it to Alaska.

“We’ve got great kids,” Alvarado said. “It’s been amazing. They’ve been really coachable and receptive to change.

“Luck of the draw, we’ve been able to get some kids that have meshed well.”

Alvarado said all but one of his players made the postseason in the Texas high school season, and four played for the 3A state title. The biggest schools in Texas play 6A ball, while the smallest are at 1A.

Starting pitcher Rico Trevino is one of those that played for the state title, and he shut the Twins down on two hits over the first five innings. Heath Clary finished it off with two scoreless, hitless innings of relief.

Wesley Moss, who scored from second base when Valley didn’t turn a double play to win the Todd Ryan tourney in extra innings, kept up his base-running heroics against the Twins. He was 3 for 4 with three stolen bases, two runs and an RBI.

“He’s electric,” Alvarado said. “It’s fun to watch. He has no fear and he does not like red lights.”

Leadoff hitter Kobrey Garcia finished 1 for 3 with a run, RBI and stolen base, while Frank Bosmans had two RBIs and Noe Garza had a double and a run.

Twins coach Gary Oliver said his club just ran into a solid team.

“Our team did a good job,” Oliver said. “4-0 against this team is nothing to hang your head about.”

Oliver particularly was impressed with the way shortstop Ethan Valdez and second baseman Garcia took away hits up the middle.

Joey Becher pitched the first 4 2-3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. Tommy Bowe kept Castroville scoreless and hitless over the final 2 1-3.

“We played good defense,” Oliver said. “We made one error and we turned a double play against them.”

Castroville is back in Alaska and repeated its Todd Ryan title from 2012. However, Texas would like to change the runner-ups it had at the Bill Miller and BP Invitational tourneys.

“The people here in Alaska treat us nicely,” Alvarado said. “Texas guys can be rambunctious, but we’ve gotten a great reception our two times here.

“The coaches and organizers do a great job.”

In the loss to Team Avenue Academy, the Twins were down 10-2 entering the bottom of the seventh before putting together a five-run rally.

Jullian Vasquez started for California and went six innings, giving up two runs — one earned — on three hits. Once Vasquez came out, the Twins were able to rally.

“We just got going too late,” Oliver said.

Vasquez helped his own cause by going 2 for 2 with three runs, while Preston Scott had two hits and Jose Castruita had two runs.

For the Twins, Kenny Griffin and Tyler Covey each scored two runs.

On the hill, Matthew Daugherty gave up three runs in four innings, JJ Sonnen gave up four runs in an inning, and Justice Miller yielded three runs in two innings.

More in Sports

Soldotna junior Brayden Taylor rushes the ball down the field during the Division II state football championship game against Lathrop at Service High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Lathrop snaps SoHi’s run of state titles

The Soldotna Stars football team fell to Fairbanks’ Lathrop High School in… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Gehret Medcoff runs for a touchdown against Wasilla on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Stars dominate major NLC football awards

Soldotna, which went undefeated in the Northern Lights Conference this season, won… Continue reading

SoHi wrestlers take 4th at Houston Altercation

The Soldotna wrestling team finished fourth at the season-opening Houston Altercation Tournament… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Emma Beck attacks against Nikiski's Rylee Ellis on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Volleyball roundup: Kenai tops Nikiski; Wasilla sweeps SoHi

The senior civics project of Valerie Villegas was a smashing success Friday… Continue reading

Morgan Aldridge leads riders down a hill at the start of Week 3 of the Soldotna Cycle Series on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Chainwreck Cyclocross Series holds final race of season

The Chainwreck Cyclocross Series wrapped up with the fifth race Thursday at… Continue reading

Nikiski's Rylee Ellis attacks against Soldotna's Ashlee Anderson on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Volleyball roundup: SoHi, Kenai pull out wins

Staff report Host Soldotna celebrated its senior night with a 3-1 nonconference… Continue reading

Brock Wilson and Brayden Taylor lead Soldotna onto Justin Maile Field for a Division II semifinal against North Pole on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi football to play for 9th straight state title

Eight straight state titles, and 12 since 2006. An 18-game postseason winning… Continue reading

MJ Hendren pictured kayaking at Hidden Lake next to a large rock exposure. (Photo provided)
Refuge Notebook: Geology of the Kenai … it rocks!

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about living in Alaska… Continue reading

The pedicure in question has seen many miles of hiking and walking since it was first painted on five months ago. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)
Tangled Up in Blue: A perfect pedicure

There is just the smallest sliver of light pink nail polish left… Continue reading

Most Read