The Peninsula Oilers extended their win streak to five games after they beat the Chugiak Chinooks 5-3 in Alaska Baseball League play Wednesday evening at Loretta French Park in Chugiak.
Holding a 15-9 record, the Oilers continue to share the lead in the ABL standings, which they hold with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The Anchorage Bucs and Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks are both four games back, tied for third.
Second-baseman Josh Miller hit a home run in the third inning to bring Nate Ring and himself in to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. With one run apiece in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the Oilers were able to withstand a late charge from the Chinooks to take the win.
Jeff Yamaguchi hit 3 for 4 with two runs to lead the team, while teammates Alex Staehely went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI, and Ring hit 2 for 5 with one run. Staehely is averaging .347 this season at bat.
The Oilers had 11 hits, compared with nine hits from Chugiak, and each team had one error.
J.D. Salles received the win on the mound, pitching seven innings, giving up four hits and six strikeouts.
Interestingly enough, the Oilers will play the Glacier Pilots, the team they are tied with for the ABL lead, on Thursday in a doubleheader at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage, starting at 5 p.m.