Friday: Oilers' bats warm up to defeat Seals



Peninsula Clarion

The Peninsula Oilers could have used this kind of help Tuesday, but Friday they were just fine, thank you.

The Oilers beat the San Francisco Seals 11-3 on Friday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to take three of four in the nonleague series.

The Oilers lost the first game of the series 2-0 in 10 innings Tuesday before coming back for a 7-1 win Wednesday and 6-2 win Thursday.

The Seals had seven errors Friday as just four of the Oilers' 11 runs were earned. But Peninsula showed plenty of offensive spark, banging out 15 hits and getting a base knock from every batter in the lineup.

"It was a team effort," Oilers coach Kyle Richardson said. "One through nine, we had solid at-bats."

After dropping to 6-10 overall this year, Seals coach Todd Surdez said the poor defense was out of character for his squad, but also gave credit to the Oilers' bats.

"Our defense the first three games was pretty solid," Surdez said. "I talked to their coach and he was pretty impressed with the defense until today."

Jake Alvarez and Mike Wieland led the Oilers on offense. Alvarez was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run, while Wieland was 3 for 5 with two runs.

Richardson said it was good to see Alvarez get back in the swing of things in just his second game with the club.

"Wieland is on a tear," Richardson said. "He's seeing the ball well and hitting it on the barrel almost every time."

Also for the Oilers, Andre Mercurio had two doubles and three runs, Adam Sonabend had three RBIs, Taylor Tempel had two hits and AJ Ramirez worked back from an 0-2 count to knock in three with a two-out double in the third.

Ramirez's double put the Oilers up 8-2 and gave Oilers starter and winner Logan McAnallen the luxury of focusing on his summer project.

McAnallen pitched five innings, yielding a hit, three unearned runs and striking out six. He said his goal this summer is to work on his off-speed pitches — his slider and splitter.

"When we jump out to a big lead like that, it really gives me a chance to work on what I need to work on," he said.

Michael Coates, Turner Clouse, A.J. Quintero and Brody Greer helped close out the victory with an inning of scoreless ball each.

"We did a great job executing our pitches," McAnallen said. "When our whole staff does that, we're going to be tough to score on."

The Oilers staff has yielded just eight runs in five games.

"I've been really happy with our pitching," Richardson said. "It's about quality strikes, and all the guys we've pitched have done that."

In the seventh and eighth innings, Oilers fans were treated to a bit of history when Ghazaleh Sailors took the mound for the Seals. Oilers general manager James Clark said he couldn't be totally sure, but he thought Sailors was the first woman to play against the Oilers.

Sailors was hitting about 65 mph on the gun, but she kept the Oilers off the board for two innings, allowing three hits and a walk.

Surdez said the Seals will bring Sailors in after a hard-throwing pitcher, and the change of pace works for the team.

"She had a little bit of swagger on the hill," Richardson said. "She had a little attitude.

"I like the way she competed. She wasn't scared of us, that's for sure. It shows that if you throw quality strikes, you can put up zeros."

In 2011 in California, Sailors pitched in what is believed to be the first high school game in which two girls pitchers started. She currently pitches for the University of Maine-Presque Isle, a Division III school. She also has played for the U.S. Women's National Team.

The Oilers host the All-Stars from the Anchorage Adult Baseball League on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.



Oilers 11, Seals 3


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E — Alcanter, Mayo, Hiebert, Monchak, Wolford, Schneider 2, Hunt 2, Sonabend, Dobson. DP — Seals 2, Oilers 2. LOB — Seals 3, Oilers 13. 2B — Monchak, Mercurio 2, Ramirez, Wieland. SF — Sonabend 2. SB — Alcanter, Broome. CS — Rojko 2, Strawn, Alvarez.




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WP — Rose. PB — Mayo.


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