Oilers notch first win of regular season

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2002

The Peninsula Oilers picked up their first win of the regular season Wednesday, handing the Bears of California a 6-4 defeat at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Oilers, now 1-1 overall, got a big boost from two graduates of Soldotna High School in the game.

Joey Newby picked up the win on the mound for the Oilers, going 7 2-3 innings and yielding four runs -- three earned -- while walking five and striking out six.

The innings were big ones for the Oilers because the team still doesn't have all of its pitchers in town. Newby hadn't thrown off the mound in a game in 2 1/2 months due to injury, but that didn't stop him from coming up big Wednesday night.

Newby has played two seasons at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., since graduating from Soldotna. He has signed on to play at the University of Southern Colorado next fall. Newby will likely spend the whole summer with the Oilers.

The other Soldotna graduate to come up big was Paul John Zobeck. Zobeck was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, a double and a triple.

Like Newby, Zobeck just finished his sophomore season at South Mountain. He currently is looking for a school to attend next fall.

The other Oiler to play a significant role in Wednesday's victory was Adrian Schau, a sophomore at Villanova University. Schau was 1-for-3 with a run and RBI at the plate, and also pitched a scoreless 1 1-3 innings for the save.

In the beginning of the game, it looked like the Oilers might need a lot more relief than just a few outs from Schau. Newby struggled to get the rust off in the first inning, walking two. However, despite an additional error by the Oilers, Newby escaped the top of the first down just 1-0.

The Oilers took the lead for good in the bottom of the second with three runs off Bears starter and loser Adam Bourez. Schau knocked in a run with a double, while Zobeck sent home a pair of Oilers with his two-bagger.

Peninsula increased the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Graziano and Blake Jones advanced home on errors, while Jones also triggered a run with his double.

Newby finally ran out of gas in the top of the eighth, but Schau was able to douse the Bears rally after three runs and preserve the victory.

The rubber match in the three-game series between the Oilers and Bears will be tonight at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Wednesday

OILERS 6, BEARS 4

Oilers AB R H BI Bears AB R H BI

Graziano cf 3 1 0 0 Gipson ss 3 1 0 0

Beale ss 3 0 0 0 McCabe c 3 2 0 0

Schtznhfr 1b 2 1 0 0 Sansvr 1b 4 0 0 0

Jones c 5 1 1 1 Schultz rf 3 0 1 0

Schnbrgr dh 4 1 1 0 Willick rf 1 1 1 1

Stmbrsky 2b 4 1 0 0 Braden lf 2 0 0 1

Schau 3b 3 1 1 1 Peterson lf 1 0 0 0

Zobeck lf 4 0 2 2 Shorts 3b 3 0 1 0

Hirsh rf 2 0 0 0 Garcia dh 2 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Thompson 2b 2 0 1 2

---- -- -- -- -- Troyer 2b 4 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Strate cf 4 0 2 0

Totals 30 6 5 4 Totals 32 4 6 4

California 100 000 030 --4

Peninsula 030 300 000 --6

E -- Beale, Shorts 2, McCabe, Gipson. LOB -- California 8, Peninsula 12. 2B -- Jones, Schau, Zobeck. 3B -- Zobeck. SB -- Graziano 2, Schoenberger, Schutzenhofer, Shorts, Thompson. CS -- Beale.

IP H R ER BB SO

Bears

Bourez, L 4 3 6 3 7 2

Sansavor 4 2 0 0 2 2

Oilers

Newby, W 7 2-3 5 4 3 5 6

Schau, S 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 3

HBP -- by Bourez (Graziano); by Sansavor (Hirsh), by Sansavor (Hirsh), by Newby (Gipson), by Newby (McCabe). PB -- Jones 2, McCabe. BK -- Bourez.

T -- 3:05.



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