Twins push winning streak to 8 in Kodiak

Twins push winning streak to 8 in Kodiak

Days after combining with Post 20 teammate Harrison Metz on a no-hitter, Twins pitcher Logan Smith was up to his old tricks again Thursday in Kodiak.

Smith dominated the Post 17 Bears with a complete-game, seven-inning, two-hit shutout, helping the the Twins to an 11-0 victory in the league contest. Post 20 won the nonleague game 18-6 and won eight in a row. The Twins are 5-2 in league play, 9-4 overall.

In the opener, Smith struck out 10 Kodiak batters and only allowed five baserunners total, issuing three walks with the two hits.

Smith got support on offense, as the Twins belted out 14 hits, led by Hayes, who went 3 for 4 with two with two RBI’s. David Michael hit 2 for 4, both doubles, with two RBI’s, while Tanner Ussing was 2 for 4, Jacob Boze went 2 for 3 and Harrison Metz was 2 for 3. Jacob Belger had two RBIs on one hit.

The Twins plated five runs in the second inning, then tacked on one more in each the fourth and sixth innings, before ending the game in the top of the seventh with four runs.

Metz loaded the bases with two outs on a walk in the bottom of the second, and Jeremy Kupferschmid put the Twins ahead 1-0 on an RBI single. Michael scored two more on a double, and Hayes added an RBI single to push the Twins’ lead to 5-0.

In the nonleague contest, the Twins bats cut loose with 17 hits, while Kodiak got just three.

Kupferschmid was 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBIs, Michael was 3 for 4 with two hits and two runs, Hayes scored two runs, Davey Belger had two RBIs, Ussing was 3 for 4 with two runs, Chris Jaime was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, Jacob Belger had a pair of RBIs, Harold Ochea was 2 for 5 with three RBIs and Harrison Metz scored three runs.

Ochea pitched the first 2 1-3 innings, giving up five runs — four earned — on two hits while walking three and striking out two. Jaime also went 2 1-3 innings, giving up a run and a hit while walking four and striking out four. Davey Belger pitched the last 1 1-3 innings, giving up no runs and no hits while striking out one.

The Twins stay in Kodiak for a 3 p.m. league game and 6 p.m. nonleague game today.

Editor’s note: Story has been changed to show Harrison Metz combined on the no-hitter. The Clarion regrets the error.

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