Peninsula Oilers defeat Fire in home finale, 7-2

Chris Mallory had four RBIs, Mike Miller scored three runs and James Mannara pitched six shutout innings of relief as the Peninsula Oilers defeated the Athletes in Action Fire 7-2 Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

It was the final home game for the Oilers, who clinched the Alaska Baseball League regular-season title Friday.

Peninsula (23-12 ABL) begins the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., Aug. 3.

"We'll be ready to rock come Wichita," said Mike Miller, who on Saturday was named the 2011 ABL Player of the Year. "We are chomping at the bit to get out there."

Peninsula used seven hits to extend their winning streak to four, and Mannara earned the win in his longest outing of the season.
The left-hander replaced starter Gabriel Asakura, who allowed two runs in three innings.

Patrick Wisdom scored a run for the Oilers, while Tanner Rust notched two hits, a stolen base and a run. Ryan McChesney provided one RBI, as did Manny Acosta.

But it was Mallory who provided the big spark, hitting a two-run home run to go with a double, a single and a run.
"I just worked myself into some good counts and got some pitches to hit," Mallory said. "I put them in play and was able to help out the team."

The Fire managed two runs early, but couldn't get anything going against Mannara.

Mannara said his curveball and slider were working, which helped him get on a roll.

"Just the adrenaline and the crowd, I felt good out there," Mannara said.

 

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