Twins close out regular season

by Daniel McKay
Whitefish Pilot | July 28, 2020 2:17 PM

The Twins closed out the regular season over the weekend, splitting a pair against the Mission Valley Mariners.

Glacier took a 13-9 win in the first game, surviving a late game surge by the Mariners.

The Twins scored consistently through the game, stringing together four straight innings of two runs and finishing the game with a four-run seventh inning. Mission Valley remained scoreless until the sixth inning, where they exploded for seven runs. They added two more in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap.

The Twins racked up 13 hits in the game and stole seven bases. Mason Peters led the team with four hits in five trips at the plate, and Zach Veneman opened the game with a solo home run.

Trenton Tyree struck out five in as many innings, allowing five hits and no runs.

The Twins were on the other side of a late comeback attempt in game two, falling 6-5.

This time it was Mission Valley scoring throughout, running up a 6-0 lead through five innings.

The Twins got hot in the sixth, scoring five runs off singles by Stevyn Andrachick, Veneman and Jacob Polumbus, as well as a sacrifice flies by Austyn Andrachick and Payton Davisson.

However, they couldn’t keep up the scoring in the seventh inning.

Earlier in the week the team split a pair of close games against the Missoula Mavericks A squad.

Glacier came out on top in the first game by a score of 10-9.

The Twins opened the game with an offensive explosion, scoring five runs in the opening frame to go up 5-0.

Missoula answered in the second inning with four runs of their own, but the Twins built up their lead to 8-4 with a trio of scores in the third.

The Mavericks put together a quiet run through the rest of the game, scoring five runs to Glacier’s two, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead.

As a team, the Twins racked up 11 hits to Missoula’s 13. Both teams had three errors each.

Veneman struck out three in as many innings, but allowed four hits and four runs.

Austyn Andrachick was hot at the plate, going 3-for-4.

Missoula got their revenge in the second game.

With both teams tied 2-2 through five innings, the Mavericks took a two-run lead in the sixth, scoring on a single and a double.

The Twins were able to score one run in the seventh off a Davisson sacrifice fly, but couldn’t close the gap.

Then on Friday the team hosted the Missoula Mavericks AA for the final home game of the season, but fell 15-4.

Up 1-0 after the opening frame, Missoula caught fire for seven runs in the second inning, and later added another eight in the final three innings of the game to take the commanding lead.

Despite the score, Glacier tallied 12 hits to Missoula’s 15.

That wraps up the regular season for the Twins (30-19), who are now preparing for the District Tournament in Florence this weekend.

The Twins will play on July 30 through August 2, and are a No. 1 seed heading into the tournament.

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Mason Peters winds up for a pitch during Friday’s loss to the Missoula Mavericks AA at home. (Daniel McKay/Whitefish Pilot)