BOULDER — The Longmont Twins Red baseball club hasn’t had much to be excited about the past few weeks, but the Twins dugout had cause for celebration on Wednesday.
On the first day of the Boulder National Invitational Tournament, Twins Red trounced Slammers-Malkin 9-1 to snap a 15-game losing streak. Shortstop Tyler Hamby said it was about time.
“We’re sick of losing,” said Hamby, who will be a junior at Skyline High School next year. “We’re working hard and we were trying to get hit after hit to try and finally win a game. We’ve been struggling lately but we’re trying to come out of that slump and get some wins.”
Hamby led the Twins on Wednesday, going 3 for 3 and driving in three runs at the plate.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Twins rebounded to score nine unanswered runs and end the game early in the fifth inning. They scored seven runs in the third inning, in which they had six hits, including a two-run double from Hamby and a perfect bunt by Joe Plunkett on a squeeze play that scored Aaron Soriano and gave the Twins the lead.
“I just think all of our mindsets changed,” Hamby said. “Like I said, we’re just done with losing. We know how to win now. We just need to piece it all together and we did that in that third inning.”
Hamby said the Twins hope to “stay in the driver’s seat” after the win. To do so, he said, they’ll have to continue to be aggressive the way they were against Slammers-Malkin.
Aggressive on the base paths, the Twins capitalized on five Slammers-Malkin errors. In the field, the Twins played errorless defense behind starting pitcher Kyle Barth, who spread around seven hits and didn’t walk a batter.
Barth also went 3 for 3 at the plate but said Plunkett’s bunt was his pick for play of the game.
“I think we knew we could win the whole time and we took advantage of some big plays like Joe’s bunt in the third inning,” the soon-to-be Silver Creek senior said. “It was imperative to win that game, honestly. We came out with energy and there was no reason that we should have lost that game.”
Elijah Larimore had two hits and scored two runs for Twins Red. Aldair Cintora and Plunkett each drove in a run. Barth drove in two batting in the nine-hole.
Twins Red, which opened the tournament with a 9-3 loss against Cherokee Trail early Wednesday morning, hopes to start a winning streak when it takes on Fort Collins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Fairview High School.
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Twins Red 9, Slammers Malkin 1
At Scott Carpenter Park
Slammers Malkin 100 00 — 1 7 5
Twins Red 017 01 — 9 11 0
W — Barth L — Pickett.
Slammers Malkin hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Moriarty 3-0-1-0, Desantis 3-0-0-0, Eskridge 2-1-2-0, Riley 2-0-2-1, Sattler 2-0-0-0, Pickett 2-0-0-0, Amador 2-0-2-0, Fiumara 1-0-0-0, Pennington 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-1-7-1. 2B — Eskridge, Amador. SB — Riley.
Twins Red hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) Hamby 3-1-3-3, Cintora 2-0-1-1, Forsyth 3-1-0-0, Soriano 3-1-1-0, Olinger 2-1-0-0, Newton 3-0-0-0, Larimore 3-2-2-1, Plunkett 1-2-1-1, Barth 3-1-3-2. Totals 23-9-11-8. 2B — Hamby. SB — Hamby, Cintora, Forsyth.
Slammers Malkin pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Pickett 2 1/3-8-8-6-3-5, Eskridge 1 2/3-1-0-0-0-0, Hamilton 0-2-1-1-1-0.
Twins Red pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Barth 5-7-1-1-0-2.