Twins post league sweep of North Pole

After getting swept in a doubleheader by Juneau on Tuesday, the American Legion Post 20 Twins bounced back with the sweep of a couple of league games against North Pole in Anchorage on Friday.

The Twins move to 6-4 in the league and 8-6 overall, while North Pole falls to 1-5 and 3-9. With Fairbanks playing Bartlett late Friday night, the Twins were in second place in the American Division, trailing 8-0 Eagle River. North Pole is in last in the American Division.

The Oilers are now off until Tuesday, when they begin play at the Bill Miller Wood Bat Tournament at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The schedule for the first day is Minnesota vs. Ohio at 10 a.m., Ohio vs. Bartlett at 1 p.m., Minnesota vs. Kenai at 4 p.m. and Bartlett vs. Kenai at 7 p.m. Play at the tournament continues Wednesday and Thursday at Seymour Park.

In the first game, the Twins won 21-8, enacting the mercy rule after five innings.

The Twins had 16 hits in the five innings, and also took 11 walks while striking out just once.

Riley Johnson pitched three innings for the win, giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three. Malakai Olson pitched the final two innings, giving up a run on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

At the plate for the Twins, Daltyn Deborski was 2 for 4 with four runs, Hunter Williams was 2 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs, Jacob Belger was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Atticus Gibson was 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs, Gabe Smith was 2 for 3 with three runs, Charlie Chamberlain was 2 for 4 with three runs and four RBIs, and Johnny Brinner had two runs and two RBIs.

In the second game, three Twins pitchers combined for a shutout in a 5-0 victory in seven innings.

Chamberlain pitched the first four innings, giving up two hits while walking three and striking out one. Simon Grenier pitched the next two innings, giving up two hits while striking out one. Belger pitched the last inning, giving up no hits while walking two and striking out all three.

The Twins got four runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth to get all the offense they would need.

Williams was 2 for 4 for the Twins, while Gibson also was 2 for 4, Gabe Smith was 2 for 4 with two runs and Nate Mowery was 2 for 2.

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