The Peninsula Oilers improved to 2-0 by defeating the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 6-1 on Thursday in Alaska Baseball League play at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The Oilers return home tonight for their home opener at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks.
Four Oilers pitchers held the Pilots (0-1, 3-3) to seven hits and no earned runs. Winner Kolby Moore pitched the first four innings and gave up four hits and the unearned run while striking out four. Taylor Garrison then gave up one hit and struck out four in two innings of work. Zach Belte followed with two innings of one-hit ball.
Jorge Marban pitched the ninth and gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one.
Cleanup hitter Nathan Theunissen led the Oilers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Patrick Wisdom and Joe Kohan had a pair of hits for the Oilers, while Ryan Gebhart scored two runs.
Gebhart got the Oilers off to a quick start when he singled to start the game. He stole second, then scored on a triple by Theunissen. Theunissen then scored on a single by Jeff Popick.
The Pilots cut the gap to 2-1 in the fourth inning when Ernesto Ortiz reached on an error and scored on a single by Pat Terry.
A crucial throwing error on Pilots first baseman Clay Cederquist gave the Oilers a cushion in the sixth inning. Wisdom and Theunissen started the inning with singles to put runners at the corners. Popick then grounded to first, and Cederquist threw wildly to the plate, allowing Wisdom to score, Theunissen to take third and Popick to take second. After a strikeout and infield fly, Kohan had a clutch hit to score Theunissen.
The Oilers added a run in the seventh, when Theunissen hit a sacrifice fly to score Gebhart, and in the eighth, when Kenny Wise doubled, stole third and scored when the catcher threw the ball into the outfield.
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