The Southeast U18 AAA Twins opened the 2020 season with a pair of losses Sunday to the Regina White Sox at Lynn Prime Park.
The Twins dropped the first game 17-2 and the second 5-2.
The first game was a close, 1-0 contest until the third inning, when the White Sox erupted for 12 runs to take a 13-0 lead. The Twins would get two back in the bottom of the inning, but Regina tacked on three more in the fourth and one in the fifth to finish off the scoring.
Ty Nikolejsin and Bryson Andres had the runs batted in for the Twins.
Kaden Lyons started for the Twins, and surrendered 12 runs, six of them unearned, in 2 1/3 innings. He also struck out two.
Zach Price came on in relief. He didn’t give up any hits, but surrendered five runs, three unearned, in 2 2/3 innings. He also fanned three batters.
The second game saw the White Sox post four runs in the top of the second to lead 4-0, but this time, the Twins managed to keep it relatively close. They scored two in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit in half, but the Sox added one more in the seventh for the victory.
Mason Fichter and Brody Dorrance brought home the Twins runs, while Andres had two of the Twins seven hits.
Nikolejsin started for the Twins and gave up four runs in four innings of work. He also struck out five.
Fichter pitched the final three innings and gave up one run while striking out four.
The next action for the Twins will be road games in Regina against the Wolfpack on July 18 and the Athletics the following day.