Palmer sweeps Twins


The American Legion Twins were swept Sunday in Palmer to fall to 1-3 in the league and 2-6 overall.

Despite the losses, Twins head coach Robb Quelland continues to be satisfied with the progress of the team. The Twins also were swept Saturday by South, but Quelland pointed out South and Palmer are two of the top teams in the league.

South leads the American Division with a 5-0 record and also is 7-1 overall. Palmer is second in the American Division at 4-1 and 8-3. The Twins outhit South in both games and outhit Palmer in the first game.

“The players are coming together but we’re still trying to put pieces of the puzzle together,” Quelland said.

In the league game and first game of the day, the Twins lost 4-3.

Harrison Metz had a huge day for the Twins, who outhit Palmer 7-6. Metz pitched all six innings, giving up four runs — three earned — on six hits while walking two and striking out five.

Metz was equally dominant at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three runs.

“He had a great performance on the mound and kept us in the game against one of the top teams on the schedule right now,” Quelland said.

Daltyn Deborski, Atticus Gibson, Jacob Belger and Levi Mickelson also had hits. Gibson, Belger and Mickelson had the RBIs.

In the nonleague game, the Twins lost 16-7 thanks to a nine-run fourth and six-run fifth by Palmer.

The Twins had six errors in the game, with just five of 16 runs counting as earned.

Gibson gave up nine runs — two earned — in four innings, while Belger gave up six runs — two earned — in an inning, and Jace Appelhans yielded a run in an inning.

Quelland said the nonleague game is a chance to play younger players, and to see players in different positions. He said a bright spot of the game was hitting.

Sammy Berry was 2 for 2 with a run, while Gibson, Andrew Pieh, Riley Johnson, Metz and Colby Sturman also had hits. Gibson had three RBIs, Belger scored twice and Johnson added two RBIs.

The Twins face Ketchikan in Anchorage on Saturday at 2 and 4:30 p.m. in a pair of league games.

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