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Oilers drop regular season opener

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2002

The Peninsula Oilers baseball team opened their regular season against the Bears of California Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, and a good hot dog was had by all.

Unfortunately, the hometown team wound up on the wrong end of a 4-1 score, but head coach Brian Green was excited by the potential he saw on the field.

"I'm pleased with how we're competing, how we're playing hard," Green said. "We're definitely getting a feel for this team. There were some real positives out there tonight.

"Roger Lincoln was making his first start, and he was outstanding. (Andy) Schutzenhofer continues to be an outstanding hitter, and Rusty Beale has been outstanding at shortstop. Then Blake (Jones) comes in and has three quality at-bats."

The Oilers will get another crack at the Bears today at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Joey Newby is expected to start for the Oilers.

Lincoln was saddled with the loss Tuesday, allowing a pair of unearned runs and eight hits in seven innings of work. Lincoln struck out six batters while walking three.

California scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning when Adam Bourez singled, advanced on a single by Dallas Braden and scored on an Oilers throwing error.

Lincoln got a fly-ball out, though, and the Oilers caught a pair of Bears on the basebaths, including cutting down a run at the plate on a strong throw from left field by Paul John Zobeck.

The Oilers got the run back in the bottom of the fourth. Jones, playing his first game in an Oilers uniform, smashed a one-out double to left-center field, then scored on a line-drive double to right-center by Damian Stambersky.

The Bears scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh when Ryan Gipson reached on an error, advanced on a single by Justin Shorts and scored on a two-out single to right by Bourez.

Shorts tried to follow Gipson home, but was thrown out at the plate on another great outfield assist from Newby.

The Oilers threatened to score on several occasions, with a runner reaching third in the seventh inning, but Bears reliever Dan Herlehy shut the door on the Peninsula rally, retiring all seven batters he faced to end the game. California padded its lead with two runs on two hits and two walks against Oilers reliever Gabe Hirsh in the eighth.

Green said that the early season nonleague games are crucial as the team prepares for the Alaska Baseball League season.

"All the games are important," Green said. "We want to see what guys can do, how they compete in different situations. Every at-bat is important."

Tuesday

BEARS 4, OILERS 1

Bears AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Thompson 3b 4 0 2 0 Graziano cf 5 0 1 0

Gipson ss 5 1 2 1 Beale ss 2 0 0 0

Shorts dh 4 0 1 0 Schutznhfr 1b 3 0 2 0

Sansaver 1b 4 0 0 0 Schau 3b 4 0 0 0

Bourez rf 3 1 2 1 Schoenbrgr c 4 0 0 0

Braden cf 4 1 2 0 Jones dh 3 1 1 0

Willick lf 5 0 0 0 Zobeck lf 3 0 0 0

Garcia c 1 0 0 0 Stambersky 2b 4 0 1 1

Troyer 2b 4 0 1 1 Newby rf 4 0 0 0

Strate rf 0 0 0 0 --- - - - -

Schultz lf 1 0 0 0 --- - - - -

McCabe ph 1 1 0 0 --- - - - -

Totals 36 4 10 3 Totals 32 1 5 1

California 000 100 120 -- 4

Peninsula 000 100 000 -- 1

E -- Garcia, Bourez, Schutzenhofer, Schau, Lincoln. DP -- Bears 1. LOB -- Bears 12, Oilers 9. 2B -- Braden, Stambersky, Jones. SB -- Thompson 2, Gipson, Schutzenhofer 2, Beale, Graziano, Schoenberger.

IP H R ER BB SO

Bears

Peterson, W 6 2-3 5 1 0 5 4

Herlehy 2 1-3 0 0 0 0 4

Oilers

Lincoln, L 7 8 2 0 3 6

Hirsh 2 2 2 1 3 0

HBP -- by Lincoln (Braden). WP -- Peterson, Hirsh. PB -- Garcia 2, Schoenberger. Balk -- Hirsh.

T -- 3:00. Umpires -- First: Pridemore; Third: Butler; Home: Mabe.



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