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Twins split with Service, but lose league contest

The American Legion Post 20 Twins lost 6-5 to host Service on Tuesday in league play, then came back for a 10-6 victory in the nonleague contest.

The Twins are now 6-5 in the league and 11-9 overall, good for a tie for fifth in the American Division. Service is in third place in the National Division at 5-4 and 12-8.

In the league contest, the teams were tied at 2 after the first inning, but Service took a 4-2 lead after three. The Twins cut the gap to 4-3 in the top of the fourth, but the Cougars went up 6-3 after the bottom of the fifth.

The Twins rallied in the seventh, scoring twice. With Atticus Gibson on third with one out, Andrew Pieh laid down a bunt, but the Cougars were able to get Gibson at home. That put Jacob Belger at third and Gabe Smith at second, but the Cougars were able to get Malakai Olson to fly out to right field for the final out.

The Twins made five errors in the game and they were costly. Hunter Williams took the hard-luck loss, going five innings and giving up six runs — two earned — on eight hits while walking four and striking out two. Olson pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Gibson was 3 for 4 with a double at the plate, while Daltyn Deborski had two runs, Williams had two runs, Belger had two RBIs and Smith was 2 for 4.

In the nonleague game, Post 20 fell behind 6-0 after four innings, but then dominated the final three innings, scoring six in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Riley Johnson went the first 3 1-3 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. Johnny Brinner and Charlie Chamberlain then kept the Cougars from even getting a hit in the final 3 2-3 innings, with Charlie Chamberlain picking up the win.

The Twins banged out 12 hits. Gabe Smith was 2 for 3 with a double, while Nate Mowery was 2 for 4, Owen Whicker was 2 for 4 and Pieh had a triple.

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