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Beatrice pitchers shut out Oilers

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

The Peninsula Oilers dropped their home opener Thursday as the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins broke open a pitchers' duel with a pair or runs in the eighth inning en route to a 4-0 win at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

"I told the guys, if we play defense like we did today, and if we pitch like we did today, we're going to win a lot of games in league play," Oilers coach Kyle DiEduardo said.

Indeed, the Oilers got a solid start out of right-handed pitcher Stephen Kahn, who went 5 2-3 innings and gave up two hits and four walks while striking out five. Kahn's fastball, clocked in the mid-90s, also claimed at least one of the Bruins' bats.

Paul Coleman pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief. Coleman entered the game in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and got a strikeout to get out of the jam, then worked out of another jam in the seventh before Beatrice's John Voita hit an RBI double to the gap in left center with one out in the eighth inning, breaking the deadlock.

Voita advanced to third on the throw to the plate and scored on a wild pitch.

Beatrice added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth.

DiEduardo credited the Bruins trio of pitchers -- starter Brett Jensen and relievers Mike Perkins and Tim Schoeninger -- with a great night, holding the Oilers to three hits.

The Oilers got just one runner as far as third base. Paul John Zobeck drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third inning and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Jimmy Bacon. Zobeck moved to third on a groundout by Joe Frazee, but the Oilers couldn't get Zobeck another 90 feet.

While the Oilers have yet to win a game, going 0-3 in the preseason Hardball Tournament, before Thursday's opener, DiEduardo was upbeat and optimistic about his squad's chances.

"I'm trying to keep them pretty loose," DiEduardo said. "I think we're fine. We're right in every game."

The Oilers will get another shot at the Bruins tonight. DiEduardo said he plans to start Ladd Hall, a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher out of Eastern Arizona.

BRUINS 4, OILERS 0

Bruins ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Shockey dh 4 1 1 0 Frazee cf 4 0 0 0

Duval cf 5 0 1 1 Uribes ss 4 0 0 0

Mullinax ss 4 0 1 0 Bensko 3b 4 0 1 0

Gordon 3b 3 1 0 0 Mann dh 4 0 0 0

Voita rf 2 1 1 1 Blair 2b 4 0 1 0

Schindler c 4 0 1 0 Fritz c 4 0 1 0

Christy 1b 4 0 0 0 Dahl rf 3 0 0 0

Aguailar 2b 2 0 0 0 Zobeck 1b 1 0 0 0

Warrick lf 3 0 1 0 Bacon lf 2 0 0 0

J. Day pr 0 1 0 0 T. Day ph 0 0 0 0

Totals 31 4 6 2 Totals 30 0 3 0

Beatrice 000 000 022 -- 4

Peninsula 000 000 000 -- 0

E -- Uribes, Mullinax. LOB -- Bruins 9, Oilers 6. DP -- Oilers 1. 2B -- Voita. SB -- T. Day, Shockey. CS -- Shockey. S -- Bacon, Warrick.

Bruins ip h r er bb so

Jensen 6 1 0 0 1 2

Perkins, W 1 1 0 0 1 0

Schoeninger 2 1 0 0 1

Oilers

Kahn 5 2-3 2 0 0 4 5

Coleman, L 3 1-3 4 4 4 2 4

HBP -- by Kahn (Voita), by Coleman (Aguailar). WP -- Coleman. Blk -- Coleman.



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