The Peninsula Oilers moved back into first place in the Alaska Baseball League by defeating the Anchorage Bucs 6-2 on Friday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The Oilers moved to 9-6 in the league, a half game ahead of the Chugiak Chinooks, who lost to the Miners 5-3 in 15 innings on Friday. The Bucs are in third, a single game back, at 6-5.
The Oilers stay on the road to face the Chinooks on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Jon Maciel put the Oilers in position to earn a 2-2 split in the series with the Bucs by turning in a solid start on the mound. Maciel pitched 7 innings and gave up five hits and two earned runs. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
He left with a 6-2 lead and the Oilers bullpen made that stand up. Kyle Ferramola and Louis Cohen each pitched scoreless innings.
The Oilers banged out 11 hits in scoring the seven runs.
Peninsula grabbed the lead in the top of the first inning off Bucs starter and loser Tanner Kichler. Alex Staehely doubled to score Jordon Hein.
After the Bucs tied the game in the bottom of the first inning, the Oilers took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Josh Miller singled and Jimmie Koch blasted a home run.
The Oilers made it 5-1 in the top of the sixth. With one out, Riley Heinzer and Miller singled, the Koch doubled to score both runners.
The Oilers added their final run in the seventh, when Oscar Sanay singled to score Hein.
Koch finished 3 for 3 with four RBI, while Hein, Staehely and Miller each had two hits.
Oilers 6, Bucs 2
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E — Leonards. LOB — Oilers 7, Bucs 6. 2B — Staehely 2, Koch, Mattlage 2. 3B — Esquerra. HR — Koch, Brink. CS — Roberts.
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WP — Maciel. PB — Heinzer, Wadsworth. HB — Ferramola.