The Gulf Coast League Twins picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday, knocking off the Gulf Coast League Reds, 6-3. Seven-footer Ludovicus Van Mil made the start for the Twins, and picked well in his 4.2 innings of work. The big right-hander allowed one earned run, but struggled with his command, as he yielded four walks while striking out one. He would turn the ball over to Joan Ortiz, who would go on to pick up his first professional win of his career.
Ortiz, who was drafted by the Twins in the 41st round of the 2006 draft, worked 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one earned run on three hits. He would give way to Brad Tippett, who worked two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season. Tippett allowed only one hit in his two innings of relief, striking out two along the way.
Joe Benson, the Twins’ second round draft pick in this past draft, led the way offensively for the Twins. The slugging outfielder stroked two hits in the game, and drove in his second runs batted in of the season. He also picked up his first extra base hit, a double, and scored the first run of his professional career.
Wesley Connor continued his hot hitting to start the season, picking up his second multi-hit game in as many days. He drove in two runs, giving him three on the year, and boosted his batting average to .444. Thomas Cowgill, the James Madison-product that was taken right before Ortiz in the draft, smacked a double in this game, displaying the sweet stroke that made him the most prolific home run hitter in JMU history.
2006 12th round selection Kevin Harrington, and 21st round selection Eric Santiago also scored for the GCL Twins, as they both made their professional debuts. The combined to go 2-5 on the night, with Harrington also picking up a run. The GCL Twins take on the GCL Pirates on Thursday, as they try to push their record past .500.