Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Texas squad wins Bill Miller tourney; Twins get win on final day

  • By Staff Report
  • Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:58pm
  • Sports

Led by a dominant pitching performance by Tyler Covey, the Legion AA Twins finished off the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat tournament Thursday morning with a resounding 10-0 win over Post 28 Service at the Kenai Little League fields.

Post 20 ended the three-day tournament with its first win, finishing at 1-3 for the week.

The team from Castroville (Texas) topped Napolean (Ohio) 4-1 in the tournament championship game Thursday afternoon to wrap up an unbeaten week and keep its undefeated season alive with an 8-0 mark.

Team Avenue Academy (California) beat East 10-0 in the tournament’s third-place game Thursday, thought not before both coaches were ejected for arguing calls.

Covey tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just a single hit from Service and three walks, while retiring five batters. Calvin Hills finished off the game with one hitless inning of relief.

Post 20 started fast with three runs in the first inning, then added three more in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 6-0 lead. The Twins scored two apiece in the fifth and sixth innings as well.

“The plan today was to play aggressive,” said Twins coach Robb Quelland. “We bunted most of the game, we just wanted to wake up the bats.”

Five of the Twins’ nine total hits were on bunts.

Josh Darrow highlighted his day with a bases-clearing triple in the fourth inning to end up 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs to lead the Twins at the plate. Kenny Griffin, JJ Sonnen, Tommy Bowe, Covey, Justice Miller and Michael Swoboda each got a hit as well. Griffin and Bowe each had two RBIs.

The Twins will be back to playing league games with a Saturday matchup against East at noon at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. A nonleague contest with upstart program Delta Junction will follow at 3 p.m.

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