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Oilers edge out Bucs in season opener

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010

It was Peninsula Oilers double-double time. Except, instead of burgers offered for two straight doubles in a longtime promotion at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, Oilers fans received a season-opening victory on the road.

Scoring twice on consecutive doubles, the Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 2-1 on Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Five of the six hits the Oilers collected in the game were doubles, and four of those doubles provided new Oilers head coach and Kenai Central graduate Dennis Machado with all the offense he would need to record his first win.

In the fifth inning, the Oilers broke a scoreless tie when Ryan Gebhart doubled down the right-field line with one out, then Tyler Grimes followed with a double down the left-field line.

In the eight inning, the Oilers pushed their lead to 2-0 when Kenny Wise doubled with one away, then Davis Page followed with a two-bagger.

Those two runs were enough for a team with solid pitching and defense that was strong when it needed to be.

The Oilers used four different pitchers, bookending the evening with their two returners from last season.

Cody Kendall got the start and went four innings, giving up just one hit. Zach Belte pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless ball, while Andrew Bradshaw then blanked the Bucs for another 2 1-3 innings.

Kyle Barraclough worked the ninth for the save. The Bucs put runners on first and second with one out when Dominic Piazza grounded to first. Nate Theunissen threw the ball away trying to record the out at second and Zach Vincej scored.

With the tying run at second, Barraclough bore down, striking out Jimmy Appleby and getting Tony Piazza to line out to left field.

While the Oilers defense made things more interesting in the ninth, it did provide two key plays earlier in the game. In the seventh inning, Coley Crank of the Bucs reached second with one out. He tried to advance to third on a pitch in the dirt, but was thrown out by catcher Page.

In the eighth inning, Sean Sullivan had a two-out single, but right fielder Jeff Popick gunned down Justin Hopper, trying to score from second, at the plate.

Starter Casey Hauptman took the loss for the Bucs, allowing one run in five innings. Chris Schierhorn yielded the other run for the Bucs.

Grimes was 2-for-5 for the Oilers, while Wise was 2-for-3. For Anchorage (1-3 overall), Crank was 2-for-4 and Hopper was 3-for-3.

The Oilers stay in Anchorage to face the Glacier Pilots, who Machado coached last season, in a 7 p.m. game today at Mulcahy. The Oilers open up their home schedule Friday with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks.

Wednesday

Oilers 2, Bucs 1

Oilers AB R H BI Bucs AB R H BI

Gebhart cf 4 1 1 0 Schiller 4 0 0 0

Grimes ss 5 0 2 1 Sullivan 4 0 1 0

Wisdom 3b 4 0 0 0 Vincej 4 1 1 0

Theunissen 1b 4 0 0 0 Serritella 2 0 0 0

Popick rf 3 0 0 0 Crank dh 4 0 2 0

Wise lf 3 1 2 0 Zimrmn pr 0 0 0 0

Page c 4 0 1 1 DPiazza c 4 0 0 0

Kohan dh 4 0 0 0 Appleby 3b 4 0 0 0

Charles 2b 4 0 0 0 TPiazza lf 4 0 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Hopper rf 3 0 3 0

Totals 35 2 6 2 Totals 33 1 8 0

Peninsula 000 010 010 --2

Anchorage 000 000 001 --1

E -- Wisdom, Theunissen, Serritella 2, Appleby. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Oilers 10, Bucs 7. 2B -- Grimes 2, Gebhart, Wise, Page. S -- DPiazza. SB -- Wise. CS -- Gebhart, Crank.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Kendall 4 1 0 0 2 1

Belte, W 1 2-3 2 0 0 0 0

Bradshaw 2 1-3 3 0 0 0 1

Barraclough, S 1 2 1 0 0 2

Bucs

Hauptman, L 5 4 1 1 0 5

White 1 1-3 0 0 0 2 1

Griffith 2-3 0 0 0 1 0

Schierhorn 2 2 1 1 0 1

PB -- Page.



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