The American Legion Twins were eliminated on Day 3 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School in Anchorage with a 12-6 loss to Bartlett on Saturday.
The Twins also had lost 10-9 to West on Friday.
In Friday’s game, the Twins trailed 5-2 heading into the fourth inning, but took an 8-5 lead with a big rally.
West came right back to cut the lead to 8-7 in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams failed to score in the fifth and sixth, then the Twins got an insurance run in the top of the seventh. West rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the game.
The Twins used six different pitchers in the game, but it was not enough to prevent the rally.
On offense, the local nine collected nine hits, with Atticus Gibson going 2 for 4 with an RBI, Jacob Belger going 1 for 1 with three runs and two RBIs, and Sam Berry getting a hit and two RBIs.
Daltyn Deborski, Harrison Metz, Andrew Pieh, Nick Wehrstein and Owen Whicker also had hits for the Twins.
In Saturday’s loss, the Twins led 3-0 after three innings. Bartlett rallied for seven runs in the top of the fourth inning, then led 10-3 after the top of the fifth inning. The Twins came back to cut the lead to 10-6 after the bottom of the fifth, but Bartlett would tack on two more in the top of the seventh.
Riley Johnson, Wehrstein and Atticus Gibson all had a tough time containing Bartlett’s 11-hit attack.
At the plate, the Twins did have 11 hits of their own. Metz was 2 for 4 with two runs, Berry was 2 for 3, Gibson was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Wehrstein was 2 for 4. Deborski and Levi Mickelson also had hits.
Metz received honorable mention on the Legion’s annual Team of Excellence at pitcher. He was 1-5 on the mound this season with a 4.24 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 34 2-3 innings pitched. Metz also received honorable mention as an infielder with a .407 average, 16 runs and 20 stolen bases.
Deborski also received honorable mention at utility player. Deborski had a .256 average with 13 runs and 13 stolen bases.