Waves’ errors make life easy for Oilers

The Peninsula Oilers took advantage of shoddy fielding and wild pitching in a 13-0 victory over the San Diego Waves on Wednesday in nonleague action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.


The Waves committed five errors, which led to nine unearned runs, while San Diego pitchers had seven walks and three wild pitches. Both teams had six hits through six innings, but by the end of that frame the Oilers held an 11-0 lead. The Oilers finished with 10 hits, while San Diego had seven.

Peninsula improves to 3-2 overall. It’s the first time this season the Oilers have been over .500. The four-game series with the Waves continues tonight with a 7 p.m. game at Seymour Park.

The top four slots in the Peninsula order combined to score 11 runs. Leadoff hitter Mike Miller was 2-for-4 with three runs, while No. 3 hitter Drake Fages was 1-for-3 with three runs and No. 4 hitter Patrick Wisdom was 1-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.

Chris Mallory and Eric Paulson split time at the No. 2 slot, with each scoring a run.

No. 6 hitter Troy Channing was the beneficiery of the top of the order’s ability to get on base. In just three at-bats, Channing had two hits and four RBIs. Brent Peterson came in for Channing in the sixth and added another RBI. Ryan McChesney also had two hits for the Oilers.

Four Oilers pitchers got together to keep the Waves off the scoreboard for the second straight night.

Ben Griset got the start and went five innings to get the win. He gave up five hits and struck out four. John Maciel had two scoreless innings, while James Mannara and J.D. Salles each closed with clean innings.
Clayton Voechting took the loss for San Diego. Voechting gave up just three hits in five innings, but he walked five and had three wild pitches. Just one of Voechting’s seven runs was earned.

Miller started the scoring in the third when he walked, stole second and came home all the way from second on a wild pitch when Voechting did not cover home. Later in the inning, a two-out error by shortstop Tyler Bernard opened the door for three more runs.

Bernard and third baseman Eilert Myers opened the fifth inning with errors, allowing three unearned runs to score in that inning. An error by second baseman Zack McCoy in the sixth led to two unearned runs off reliever Steve Schroer, while Bernard’s third error of the day led to an unearned run for reliever Dylan Dougherty.

The Oilers had one error, but it did not come until two were out in the top of the ninth.


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