Oilers shut out Goldpanners for first league win

The Peninsula Oilers began their pursuit of a second straight Alaska Baseball League crown with an 8-0 win over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
Alex Staehely led the Oilers by going 3 for 4 with one run. Jake Alvarez had one hit and two RBI, and Nate Ring batted in three runs.
“I felt like we were all excited for the first league game and we were just out there hunting fastballs and they were giving us good pitches to hit, so it was a good team effort,” Staehely said. “It’s just good to get rolling early in the game and get your confidence up, and I’ve been working with coach (John) Stevens the last couple days and he’s been teaching me stuff, so it’s good to take that from the cage to the game, and hopefully I can keep going and keep getting better.”
Stevens was pleased with the team effort, and said with a few improvements, the team can become an even more dangerous hitting team.
“They’re trying to do too much sometimes but for the most part they’re coming along,” Stevens said. “They have to realize that they don’t have the power the previous guys had (last year), and just take our doubles when they can get them. That’s what’s going to work for them, because we got kind of lucky early on, and then we just kept pounding them, and we got some good breaks and we took advantage of them.”
After a scoreless three innings to open the game, Jimmie Koch scored in the bottom of the fourth when Riley Heinzer walked with the bases loaded to give the Oilers a run.
“They just have to get used to the velocity,” Stevens said. “Guys tend to come up here not familiar with consistent hard pitching, and they have a tendency to swing too hard.
“Until they realize they have to take a nice, smooth approach, they’ll struggle.”
Alvarez hit a single in the fourth inning to bring in runs from Staehely and Nigel Nootbaar to ratchet up the score to 3-0.
At the bottom of the fifth inning, Josh Miller scored off a sacrifice fly from Trey Richardson, and Ring knocked out a single in the seventh to bring home Koch and Nootbaar.
“It was really nice seeing (Staehely) swing well, because he’s been working on it since he’s got here,” Stevens said. “If he works at it, he’ll get even better.
“From what I’ve seen so far, our pitching staff is also very effective, and it shows.”
Jon Maciel had the win for the Oilers, pitching six innings with one hit and four strikeouts. Nootbaar was impressive in the eighth inning, striking out all three batters he faced.
The Oilers continue their season with a doubleheader Thursday at 5 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. They will once again be playing the Goldpanners.
“We just try to keep them focused, we have to take it one inning at a time, and see if we can stay focused for two games,” Stevens said. “Doubleheaders are hard, because if you lose the first game, you have this pressure to win the second, but if you win the first game then you have the fear of a letdown.”

Oilers 8, Panners 0
Panners    AB    R    H    BI    Oilers    AB    R    H    BI
Rnnr cf    4    0    1    0    Alvrz 2b    5    0    2    1
Munoz rf    3    0    0    0    Millr lf    3    1    0    0
Schmdt 3b    4    0    0    0    Ymgci 3b    5    1    1    0
Schlgn c    3    0    0    0    Rchsn 1b    3    1    0    1
Ndlski dh    3    0    0    0    Koch rf    3    2    0    0
Epprsn 1b    3    0    0    0    Sthly ss    4    1    3    0
Zeblo 2b    3    0    0    0    Ntbaar dh    3    2    0    2
Mschik lf    3    0    0    0    Heinzr c    2    0    1    2
Carrll ss    3    0    0    0    Ring cf    4    0    1    1
Totals    29    0    1    0    Totals    32    8    8    7
Goldpanners    000    000    000    —0
Oilers    000    310    40X    —8
E — Schmidt, Alvarez, Staehely. LOB — Goldpanners 3, Oilers 9. SB — Renner, Miller, Nootbaar. S — Munoz. SF — Richardson.

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Mendonca, L    4 2-3    4    4    3    4    2
Robinson    1-3    1    0    0    0    1
Wilson    3    3    4    4    4    2
Maciel, W    6    1    0    0    0    4
Straka    1    0    0    0    0    1
Nootbaar    1    0    0    0    0    3
Cohen    1    0    0    0    0    1
WP — Mendonca 2, Wilson. PB — Schlangen.


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