Oilers top Seals

The Peninsula Oilers found the scoring that they were missing on Tuesday to beat the San Francisco Seals 7-1 on Wednesday evening at Coral Seymour Memorial park.


Whereas yesterday no runs were scored by either team until the 10th inning, the Oilers put up five runs in the first three innings.

Andre Mercurio scored off an error from Seals pitcher Omar Tapia in the first inning, and Mike Wieland put up a two-run double in the second that scored Mercurio and Kyle Hunt. Wieland went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.

“I think we just had a great combination of guys that can get on base, and guys that drive them in,” Wieland said. “Seeing pitches and getting the ball through the hole, and making good decisions on the bases got us runs.”

Eli Alcanter scored San Francisco’s lone run at the top of the third inning on a wild pitch from Travis Barnes, who was making his debut for the Oilers. Barnes ended up with the win, pitching six innings and allowing three hits, one run and getting two strikeouts.

“I was really impressed with what Barnes did, he made some huge pitches in critical times, that popup he got was huge,” said Oilers coach Kyle Richardson. “That’s the sign of a good pitcher, it’s not whether you can throw 94, or if you can throw a slider. It’s about throwing pitches when you need to throw pitches.”

Taylor Tempel knocked out a two-run double for himself in the bottom of the third that brought in Noah Holmes and Adam Sonabend, extending the Oilers’ lead to 5-1. Holmes ended up hitting 2 for 3.

“I think our team chemistry is great off the field, and that’ll show on the field,” Wieland said. “We have a great bullpen, great pitching staff, and I think we can build behind that and start building runs.”

Coach Richardson said he was pleased with the performance from the team Wednesday.

“The plate discipline early on was huge for us,” Richardson said. “The first three batters walked, a lot of times it’s easy get jumpy and it’s easy to want to go after it, but their guy was struggling and our guys did a good job with that, and we set the tone early.

“We were patient, we got our pitches, and when we did that, our guys got hits, and it was big. Wieland got that double which was huge. It was good to see that, to get that first win (over San Francisco).”

In order to keep his pitchers fresh, Richardson continued the trend of rotating players on the mound, as Turner Clouse and Brody Greer each got two and one inning stands, respectively.

“What’s interesting is that Clouse and Greer were brought up here as position players,” Richardson said. “Clouse was really good in high school, he’s from Fountain Valley, and he was one of their aces, and Greer actually just learned how to pitch this last year.”

In the bottom of the eighth inning, AJ Ramirez scored off a single from Mercurio, and Kyle Hunt blasted a double to right field that brought home Tempel. Hunt nearly scored moments later when Dillon Dobson got a hit, scurrying around the catcher to grab home plate, but was ruled out to end the inning.

The Oilers will play a third game against San Francisco at 7 p.m. on Thursday.



Oilers 7, Seals 1

Seals AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Jhnsn cf 4 0 0 0 Mrcro cf 4 2 2 1

Cghln lf 3 0 0 0 Hunt ss 3 1 0 0

Rjko rf 4 0 2 0 Wlnd c 3 0 1 3

Mayo c 3 0 0 0 Dbsn 3b 5 0 0 1

Schndr 3b 4 0 0 0 Snbnd 1b 4 1 0 0

Hbrt dh 4 0 2 0 Hlms 2b 3 1 2 0

Strwn 1b 2 0 1 0 Grr dh 4 0 1 0

Brme ph 1 0 0 0 Rmrz rf 4 1 1 0

Alcntr 2b 2 1 0 0 Tmpl lf 3 1 1 2

Wlfrd ss 3 0 0 0 xxxx xx xx xx xx

Totals 30 1 5 0 Totals 33 7 8 7

Seals 001 000 000 —1

Oilers 122 000 020 —7

DP — Oilers 2, Seals 0. LOB — Seals 6, Oilers 10. SF — Wieland. SB — Alcanter, Mercurio, Hunt, Sonabend. CS — Coughlin. E — Johnson, Wieland.




Tapia, L 5 5 5 3 5 7

Nieto 3 3 2 2 1 0



Barnes, W 6 3 1 0 3 2

Clouse 2 2 0 0 0 1

Greer 1 0 0 0 0 2


WP — Barnes. HBP — by Greer (Mayo).


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