The Peninsula Oilers suffered a 10-9 loss to the Mat-Su Miners on Friday, competing in a nonleague exhibition match at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage.
John Straka was the starting pitcher, striking out four players in two innings. The Oilers used six pitchers, similar to the Miners, who used five.
Nate Ring and Trey Richardson each hit a two-RBI home run, and Jordan Hein had a homer to add to the total.
The Oilers fell into an early 9-3 hole, but managed to rally back with six runs late to nearly win.
Because it was an exhibition match, an unusual number of pitchers were put in to showcase the talent.
“(Straka) was awesome, he did great, and Chris Kono was very good too,” coach John Stevens said. “The problem is you don’t want to hurt anyone, but you don’t want to throw in someone that isn’t warm.
“Over the course of the season, we may have a ton of good guys, but we only use a few of them, so you can’t pitch them all. This is a good chance to showcase those other guys.”
The Oilers were scheduled to play another exhibition match at 7 p.m. on Saturday, but rain forced the cancellation of that.
The Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby is scheduled for Sunday at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage, and the Oilers will be well-represented.
John Straka, Jordan Mills, Jon Maciel, Nigel Nootbaar and Logan McAnallen are included on the pitching roster for the All-Star game, Riley Reinzer will be a catcher, and Josh Miller and Alex Staehely will be in the infield.
In the Home-Run Derby, Trey Richardson and Jon Maciel will be looking to bring home the trophy.
The derby starts at 1 p.m., while the game starts at 4 p.m. It can be heard on 1140 AM.