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Oilers, Panners split doubleheader

Posted: July 17, 2013 - 11:10pm

Mike Wieland hit a walk-off shot in extra innings for the second straight night to give the Peninsula Oilers a 2-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Oilers lost the first game 2-1 against the Goldpanners, which now leaves them with a 15-13 Alaska Baseball League record, in fourth place and three games back of the new league-leading Mat-Su Miners (19-11). The Goldpanners (17-10) are a half game behind the Miners in second.

Wieland, who went 2 for 3 with both RBI, hit the winning run to bring Dillon Dobson around to score in the bottom of the ninth inning in a game that was scheduled for only seven innings.

“You got to relax and try to control your breathing, try to make the situation smaller than it really is,” Wieland said about hitting two walk-off hits. “You know, just do what you can do and don’t do anything bigger outside of what you can.”

Dobson also went 2 for 3 with one run. Jake Alvarez and Noah Holmes provided the other two hits for the Oilers.

Brandon Warner got the win on the mound, pitching the last two innings with only one hit and two strikeouts. Billy Strode started the game, going the first three innings with two hits, one run and two strikeouts.

Oilers coach Kyle Richardson was pleased with Wieland’s performance, as the team got to storm the field for the second straight night and twice in three games.

“It’s his mental makeup, he’s a winner,” Richardson said. “He likes to win, he’s one of the few guys on our team that likes to compete, he loves playing and wants to win.

“It’s a skill. He wants to be in that moment, he enjoys it and thrives off it.”

If the Oilers had swept Wednesday’s doubleheader, it would have put the squad in a position to jump the Anchorage Bucs on Thursday for third in the ABL standings, if the situation pans out right. But the first game loss leaves them depending on outside circumstances.

“It’s hard to sweep a doubleheader. If you win the first one, it’s easy to let down the second game, so I’ll take a split,” Richardson said. “We knew that we had to take a sweep to jump them in the standings, now we can’t jump them ourselves, we have to rely on help, so every game is important. Hopefully we can win tomorrow and get some help down the road.”

But for now, the Oilers will get to revel in the clutch moves that has allowed them to win two games in two days.

Earlier, with two outs in the bottom of the first, Wieland hit a single that allowed pinch hitter Noah Holmes to score a run and give the Oilers the early lead, although Dobson couldn’t make it home in time for a second run.

The Goldpanners answered back with a run of their own in the second inning, as Payden Cawley-Lamb scored on a sacrifice single from Kyle Herrington.

The Oilers were able to get themselves out of a jam in the sixth inning, facing two runners on second and third bases with two outs. Pitcher Cody Reppening made sure they were left there, catching a ground-out and tossing to Dobson at first for the out.

When it came down to the bottom of the seventh, Turner Clouse had what looked to be a sure leadoff single, but Cawley-Lamb came out of left field to make a dramatic, somersaulting catch for the first out of the inning.

From there, the game was stuck at a 1-1 deadlock, until Dobson stepped up with a single in the ninth inning, followed by Wieland’s hit, which made its way out to right field and nearly crossing the foul line before bouncing off the wall.

In the first game, the Goldpanners had the upper hand, getting an RBI single from Casey Munoz in the top of the third inning that scored David Fletcher for an early lead. Munoz then scored a run off a triple from Cawley-Lamb, boosting the Panners’ lead to 2-0.

Momentum began to swing in the late innings, as the Oilers’ bats woke up, beginning with two singles from Dobson and AJ Ramirez in the bottom of the fifth that left the runners on first and third bases, respectively.

Both hits came with two outs, and so when Tim Proudfoot stepped up and hit a flyball to end the inning, the Oilers had to look toward the last two innings.

The sixth inning proved to be the most productive for the team, as Taylor Tempel hit a double, followed by a bunt single from David Olmeda-Barrera.

Jake Alvarez then produced a bunt single that scored the Oiler’s first run from Tempel and closing the deficit. Tempel barely touched home plate ahead of the tag from the Panners catcher.

Next up, Turner Clouse also bunted his way to a single, loading the bases for the Oilers. Adam Sonabend ended up hitting a fly to right field to record the first out of the inning, but the inning would end with a double play from the Panners, as Michael Hoo hit a grounder to second base, which allowed Clouse to be tagged out along with Hoo.

Logan McAnallen received the loss for the Oilers, pitching the first three innings (two hits, two runs, two strikeouts) before Travis Barnes was put on the hill for the final four innings (three hits, no runs, five strikeouts).

Wednesday

1st game

Panners 2, Oilers 1

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Flcr ss 3 1 0 0 Oo-Br lf 3 0 1 0

Mnz dh 3 1 2 1 Avz 2b 3 0 1 1

Ewds 2b 3 0 0 0 Clse dh 3 0 1 0

Cy-Lb lf 3 0 1 1 Snbd c 3 0 0 0

Ctlo cf 3 0 0 0 Hoo 3b 3 0 0 0

Abth 3b 2 0 0 0 Dbsn 1b 3 0 1 0

Snto c 3 0 1 0 Rmrz rf 3 0 1 0

Rbwz 1b 3 0 0 0 Pdft ss 3 0 1 0

Rgnr rf 3 0 1 0 Tmpl c 3 1 1 0

Totals 26 2 5 2 Totals 27 1 7 1

Panners 002 000 0 —2

Oilers 000 001 0 —1

2B — Munoz, Tempel. SB — Fletcher, Munoz, Abrath, Sinatro. CS — Fletcher, Munoz. E — Alvarez, Proudfoot, Tempel. LOB — Panners, Oilers 5. DP — Panners 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

Panners

Bannister, W 5 5 1 1 0 5

Moffett 1 1 0 0 0 0

Sprague, S 1 1 0 0 0 1

Oilers

McAnallen, L 3 2 2 0 2 2

Barnes 4 3 0 0 0 5

2nd game

Oilers 2, Panners 1

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Fltr ss 4 0 2 0 Oo-Br lf 4 0 0 0

Mnz dh 3 0 0 0 Avrz 3b 4 0 1 0

Ewds 2b 3 0 0 0 Hlms dh 2 1 1 0

Cy-Lb lf 3 1 0 0 Tmpl dh 1 0 0 0

Ctlo cf 3 0 1 0 Dbsn 1b 3 1 2 0

Abth 3b 3 0 0 0 Wlnd c 3 0 2 2

Mdws 1b 3 0 0 0 Clse 3 0 0 0

Hrtn c 1 0 0 1 Hnt ss 3 0 0 0

Rbwz ph 1 0 0 0 Prft 2b 3 0 0 0

Snto c 0 0 0 0 Rmrz rf 3 0 0 0

Rgnr rf 3 0 1 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 27 1 4 1 Totals 29 2 6 2

Panners 010 000 000 —1

Oilers 100 000 001 —2

2B — Dobson. SF — Herrington. SB — Fletcher 2, Edwards, Alvarez. CS — Abrath, Wieland. E — Proudfoot. LOB — Panners 6, Oilers 5.

IP H R ER BB SO

Panners

Ramirez 5 3 1 1 2 1

Milke, L 3 1-3 3 1 1 1 2

Oilers

Strode 3 2 1 1 1 2

Repenning 2 1-3 1 0 0 1 1

Blueberg 1 2-3 0 0 0 1 0

Warner, W 2 1 0 0 1 2

WP — Warner. HP — by Strode (Catalano); by Repenning (Meadows).

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