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Trey Richardson, right, celebrates a home run with an RBI in the third inning of Thursday’s first game against the Alaska Goldpanners with Jeff Yamaguchi (28) and Jimmie Koch.

Oilers sweep Goldpanners in doubleheader

Posted: June 14, 2012 - 11:20pm

The Peninsula Oilers continued their strong start by sweeping the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in a doubleheader Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Alaska Baseball League play.
Under surprisingly sunny skies, the Oilers shut out the Goldpanners 6-0 in the first game, and rallied back from an early deficit to win the second game 3-1. The Oilers are 3-0 in the league and 5-0 overall.
In the first game, the Oilers broke open the scoring with a three-run triple from Nate Ring in the bottom of the second inning. Jimmie Koch, Alex Staehely and Nigel Nootbaar all scored runs from that hit.
In the third inning, Trey Richardson smacked a homer over the fence to score two more runs, with Jeff Yamaguchi coming home as well, and the Oilers held a commanding 5-0 lead.
Josh Miller finished off the scoring with a double in the sixth inning that brought Riley Heinzer across the plate.
Richardson ended up batting 1 for 3 with the home run and two RBI, and Ring ended up 1 for 3 with the triple and three RBI.
Brandon Kizer pitched five innings for the Oilers and recorded two hits and four strikeouts, and Logan McAnallen pitched the last two with two hits and two strikeouts.
“We have a really good pitching staff and this field plays into our pitching strengths, so we’re not as good offensively as last year but we’re a scrappy team and all we need to do is put a few runs up there and it works out,” Ring said. “We’re just clicking right now.”
Head coach John Stevens said Kizer played a crucial role in the win.
“After the first inning, he was kind of slow, but then he turned it on, and we managed to get a decent lead,” Stevens said. “This ballpark, when you get a three- or four-run lead, it’s hard to come back, so the bullpen has done an excellent job of shutting things down, and we were able to get a couple of key hits.”
In the second game, the Goldpanners scored early, as leadoff hitter Brady Renner hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning to allow Alex Schmidt to score.
Ring scored off a sacrifice fly from Miller in the bottom of the sixth to even the score at one apiece, as he was just able to touch home base, sneaking by the catcher.
With two outs in the sixth, Yamaguchi, Richardson and Koch managed to load the bases, which brought Staehely to bat.
“We just needed a little spark there, our offense wasn’t working in the first couple innings, and our pitcher wasn’t too bad, but we needed a couple innings to get acclimated to the game,” Ring said.
A wild pitch from Fairbanks’ Drew Mitrisin caused catcher Kurt Schlangen to lose the handle on the ball, and allowed Yamaguchi to score the tiebreaking run, and when Schlangen threw to Mitrisin at home to prevent a second run, the throw went astray and Richardson added his run.
“It’s difficult to win doubleheaders, and they came out a little sluggish, so we needed to catch some breaks,” Stevens said.
Yamaguchi hit 1 for 2 with the one run, while Ring sported identical stats.
J.D. Salles was the winning pitcher, as he pitched 4 1-3 innings with four hits allowed and five strikeouts.
The Oilers face the Goldpanners once more on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Park, and Stevens said the early wins can never be taken for granted.
“In baseball, wins in April are just as important as wins in August and September, so these wins might cover for games that we let slip away later in the year,” he said.

Wednesday
Oilers 6, Panners 0, Game 1
Panners    AB    R    H    BI    Oilers    AB    R    H    BI
Rnnr c    2    0    0    0    Alvrz 3b    3    0    1    0
Carrll ss    2    0    0    0    Millr lf    3    0    1    1
Mnz rf    2    0    0    0    Ymgchi 2b    4    1    1    0
Millr c    3    0    2    0    Rchrdsn     3    1    1    2
Ctsfrth c    0    0    0    0    Koch rf    2    1    1    0
Epprsn 1b    3    0    0    0    Sthly ss    3    1    1    0
Zeblo 2b    3    0    0    0    Ntbaar dh    2    1    0    0
Ndlski dh    3    0    1    0    Hnzr c    2    1    0    0
Schmdt 3b    1    0    0    0    Ring    3    0    1    3
Thmpsn    1    0    1    0    xxxx    x    xxx    xx
Schlgn lf    3    0    0    0    xxxx    xx    xx    xx
Totals 23    0    4    0    Totals    25    6    7    6
Goldpanners    000    000    0    —0
Oilers    032    001    x    —6
LOB — Panners 6, Oilers 6. 2B — B. Miller, Thompson, J. Miller. 3B — Ring. HR — Richardson. SH — Munoz. SB — Renner, Nadolski, Alvarez, Koch. CS — Schlangen.

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Panners
Milke, L    4    6    5    5    3    3    1
Nadolski    2    1    1    1    2    3
Oilers
Kizer, W    5    2    0    0    3    4
McAnallen    2    2    0    0    0    2
PB — Cutsforth.

Oilers 3, Goldpanners 1, Game 2
Panners    AB    R    H    BI    Oilers    AB    R    H    BI
Rnnr cf    2    0    0    1    Alvrz ss    3    0    0    0
Carrll ss    3    0    0    0    Millr 2b    2    0    0    1
Munoz rf    3    0    1    0    Ymgchi 1b    2    1    1    0
Mschk lf    3    0    1    0    Rchrdsn dh    3    1    1    0
Epprsn 1b    2    0    1    0    Koch rf    2    0    0    0
Zeblo 2b    2    0    0    0    Sthly 3b    3    0    1    0
Thmpsn dh    3    0    0    0    Ntbaar lf    2    0    0    0
Ndlski    0    0    0    0    Hnzr c    2    0    0    0
Schmdt 3b    3    1    2    0    Ring cf    2    1    1    0
Schlngn c    2    0    0    0    xxxx    xx    xx    xx
Totals    23    1    5    1    Totals    21    3    4    1
Goldpanners    001    000    0    —1
Oilers    000    003    0    —3
LOB — Panners 5, Oilers 3. E — Schlangen 2, Heinzer 2. 2B — Munoz, Ring. SF — J. Miller. SH — Epperson. SB — Schmidt. CS — Epperson 2.

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Goldpanners
Mitrisin, L    5 2-3    3    2    2    1    3
McGrath    1-3    1    1    1    1    1
Oilers
Salles, W    4 1-3    4    1    0    2    5
Coates    1 2-3    1    0    0    1    2
Cohen, S    1    0    0    0    0    0
WP — McGrath 3.

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bhephotos 06/15/12 - 07:39 am
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Win Goes to Coats

Micheal Coats was the pitcher of record when the Oilers took the lead so he gets the win

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paperdoll77 06/15/12 - 09:23 am
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Win

Congrats to Brandon and the entire Oilers team!! Way to go!!

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