A large group of Oilers supporters got on a fun bus and traveled to see the Peninsula Oilers take on the Mat-Su Miners on Sunday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
Those fans didn't see much different from the matchups at Coral Seymour Memorial Park between the two teams.
The Oilers beat the Miners, just like they did in all four games this year in Kenai. Sunday's score was 6-3.
With the win, the Oilers evened their record on their current road trip at 3-3. The road trip concludes with a 7 p.m. game against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots today at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The OIlers then take Tuesday off before hosting the Chugiak Chinooks in 7 p.m. games Wednesday through Saturday.
Peninsula is tied for first place in the ABL with the Anchorage Bucs. The Oilers are 10-7, while the Bucs are 8-5. The Glacier Pilots and Chinooks are a game back, while the Alaska Goldpanners are two games back. The Miners are 5-12.
The Oilers continued their offensive upswing Sunday, collecting 11 hits to reach double digits in the base-hit department for the third straight game. The Oilers scored in the first five innings against the Miners.
Jordon Hein and Jake Alvarez each paced the Oilers with three hits, while Alex Staehely and Jimmie Koch had two hits apiece.
The Oilers jumped on Mat-Su starter and loser Jake Watts in the top of the first when Staehely hit a home run. In the second, Koch homered for a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Peninsula stretched the lead to 3-0 when Staehely doubled to score Hein.
The Miners got to Oilers starter and winner Brandon Warner for two runs in the third, but that is all Warner would give up. He pitched 3 1-3 innings and gave up five hits.
The Oilers bullpen was able to keep the Miners silent for the rest of the game. Mark Garcia pitched a scoreless 2 2-3 innings, Chris Kono gave up a run in 1 1-3 innings, and John Straka earned the save by pitching a scoreless 1 2-3 innings.
In the fourth, Koch doubled with one out and Alvarez singled to put runners on first and third.
Nate Ring brought home Koch with a sacrfice fly, then Hein doubled to score Alvarez for a 5-2 lead.
The Oilers completed their scoring in the fifth when Riley Heinzer doubled to score Staehely.
OIlers 6, Miners 3
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E — J. Miller, Harbutz. LOB — Oilers 6, Miners 7. 2B — Hein 2, Staehely, Heinzer, Koch, Taladay, I. Miller. HR — Staehely, Koch, Harbutz. SF — Ring. SB — Boyd, Freeman. CS — Yamaguchi, Knight.
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WP — Garcia, Watts, Kaplan. PB — Heinzer.