Glacier Twins Win District Championship

Whitefish-based American Legion team runs winning streak to 17 games, advances to state tournament

By Andy Viano

The top-seeded Glacier Twins extended their winning streak to 17 games and won the Western A District Tournament in Hamilton with a 15-8 blowout of the Bitterroot Red Sox on July 29.

The Twins (34-15) beat the Red Sox twice in the four-day, double-elimination tourney, although both teams advance to the Class A state tournament, Aug. 1-5 in Miles City. Bitterroot has won the last three Class A American Legion baseball state championships.

Glacier began its title-winning run on Thursday, blasting the Libby Loggers 13-3. They shut out the Mission Valley Mariners 9-0 one day later and blanked the Red Sox 4-0 on Saturday before Bitterroot won its way back into the title tilt. In that game, the Red Sox took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning before Glacier erupted for 15 runs in the next four frames. Dan Seymour went 3-for-4 with a home run and Caleb Meehan went 5-for-5 from the leadoff spot. Ryan Veneman added four hits, three RBIs and scored three times.

The Kalispell Lakers A were seeded fourth in the eight-team tournament and went 1-2, losing their first game to Mission Valley before picking up a loser-out victory against the Loggers.

Glacier begins the state tournament Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. against the Tri-County Cardinals. The double-elimination tournament will conclude with a championship game on Aug. 5.

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