Matt Thomson pitched five solid innings of one-hit ball, Nick Buss was 3-for-3 and Steve Goins had three RBIs in leading the Peninsula Oilers to a 9-0 victory over the California Bears on Tuesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
After being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 685th pick in Friday’s Major League Baseball draft, Thomson showed the crowd why.
The Santa Rosa Junior College product earned the win after striking out five and walking only one while throwing a total of 57 pitches, nine coming in the first inning and only five in the third.
John Dunn tossed two scoreless innings of relief while Chuck Rider and Shawn Isaacs completed the shutout with one inning apiece.
Thomson wiggled out of his only jam in the fourth after hitting Matt Miller and walking Billy McClane on a 3-2 pitch to open the inning.
After fanning Hop Sullivan on a called strike three, Miller got caught in a rundown between second and third and Thomson then caught Greg Euker looking for the third out.
While Thomson stymied the Bears until that point, the Oilers had their chances early.
They had two aboard in the first when Buss led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a Kyle Melton sacrifice bunt.
After Michael Dabbs was hit by a pitch, Toby Davis (2-for-4) grounded out, moving the runners to second and third, but Juan Martinez struck out.
When the same opportunity presented itself again in the third, the Oilers didn’t waste it again.
Following a walk, Robert Lundry took second on a sacrifice bunt by Buss, Melton was struck by a pitch and Dabbs pushed the runners to second and third on another ground out.
That’s when everything changed, though.
Davis drew a walk, loading the bases, and Martinez hit a slow roller down the third base line and beat the throw as Lundy crossed the plate for a 1-0 lead.
The Oilers tacked on another run in the fourth when Adam Younger walked to open the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice.
He then came home on a double to left field by Buss.
They blew the game open in the fifth when Davis singled, Joe Patterson doubled and Adam Younger walked to load the bases.
Goins brought them all home when he sent a first-pitch double to the left field wall.
Dabbs made it 7-0 when he sent the first offering from reliever Austin Bishop to right-center, scoring Buss and Melton and Younger and Dabbs later added a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, respectively.
Aaron Nobbe took the loss for the Bears after allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks through five innings of work.
OILERS 9, BEARS 0
Calif. 000 000 000 0 6 2
Pen. 001 133 10x 9 11 1
Nobbe, Bishop (6); Thomson, Dunn (6), Rider (8), Isaacs (9) and Patterson. W Thomson. L Nobbe. 2B Peninsula: Buss, Martinez, Goins, Dabbs. 3B Dabbs LOB California 7, Peninsula 10.
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