In a rare occurrence in baseball, the Legion AA Twins were handed a 4-4 loss by East on the second day of the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament, Wednesday morning at Coral Seymour Memorial ballpark in Kenai.
While both teams scored four runs apiece, it was East that officially secured the victory in an eight-inning tournament game that went undecided due to time limits. According to tournament rules, the team that scores the last run of the game is the one that gets the win, and East overcame a late 4-3 deficit to the Twins with a run at the top of the seventh. The game was stopped shortly afterward due to the two hour, 15 minute, time limit.
In other Wood Bat games, Napoleon (Ohio) beat Team Avenue Academy (California) 2-1 and Castroville (Texas) topped Service 3-2. Castroville kept its perfect season alive at 7-0 with the win over Service.
The Twins, who can finish no higher than fifth place in the tournament, will face Service today at 9 a.m. at Coral Seymour.
Post 20 coach Robb Quelland said one too many errors cost the Twins, who committed seven errors while only recording five hits.
“We all agreed there were too many errors,” Quelland said. “We have a lot of areas to work on, but the way the kids played, I still think we saw progress.”
Quelland said the Twins (9-10 overall) opted to rest many of their starters in hopes of getting role players experience and waking up the bats on offense.
Homer’s Kyle Johnson tossed all seven innings on the mound for Post 20, giving up one earned run on four hits, zero walks and nine strikeouts.
At the plate, Calvin Hills, Michael Swoboda, Terrance Slats, Tyler Covey and Cody Quelland all got hits on East, with Covey batting in two runs. Post 20 overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a run in the bottom of the third, then added three more in the sixth inning to take the lead.
The Twins continue league play this weekend with a conference game Saturday against East at Bartlett High School in Anchorage at noon, followed by a non-league contest against upstart squad Delta Junction at 3 p.m.