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Better late than never for Oilers

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2000

The Peninsula Oilers' 8-7 win over Athletes in Action Tuesday was their second come-from-behind win in five games this season, continuing what has become a phenomenon with the Peninsula team.

Both head coach Gary Adcock and the rest of the team would like to see the offensive fireworks launched a little earlier, though.

"We've just got to make sure we keep the intensity up for all nine innings, instead of just the last ones," said second-year Oilers outfielder Jeff Jones.

Adcock spent a little longer than usual with Tuesday's post-game pep talk.

" My whole philosophy with the preseason is that you definitely want to win ballgames, but at the same token, you need to prepare for the season," Adcock said. "Part of that preparation is taking players from all different programs across the country and now trying to mold a team. That's the hard part.

"I need to let them know what I expect from them and what I demand from them. I know where they're coming from, they know where I'm coming from. If that requires a 20-minute talk after a game one night and a pat on the butt after the next game, that's what we'll do."

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Pitcher David Humen's five-inning performance Tuesday gave Adcock some peace of mind heading into Wednesday's series opener against the Santa Barbara, Calif., Foresters.

"We have more options," Adcock said. "It's better to roll into a game with everybody at (a 100-pitch count). When you've got 400 pitches to play with, you know you're going to make it through a game."

Adcock said he went as far as to start asking around the dugout who was wearing his size cleats, in case he had to take the mound as an emergency reliever.

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Assistant coach Doug Jumelet concluded his playing career with the Oilers after Saturday's 3-2 win over the Oceanside, Calif., Waves.

"I was joking with him before the game that if he got a couple of hits, he might retire as the Oilers all-time leader in batting average," Adcock said after the game.

Jumelet entered the game batting .667 (2-for-3), but went 0-4 in his farewell appearance.

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Pitcher Andy Perkins, who attends college at Cal Poly Pomona, got a crash course in Alaska and Alaska summer baseball Sunday.

Perkins arrived in Alaska early Sunday morning and immediately received a great welcome to the Great Land.

"I'd never seen a moose before in my life," he said. "I saw three on the way to my host family's house.

"It was pretty cool."

For most people, that would have been enough excitement for one day. But Perkins still had to climb the hill for the Oilers that afternoon against the Oceanside, Calif., Waves even though at that point he only knew one of his teammates.

"We've been warning these guys that they'll be going straight off the plane and into the baseball games," said Adcock, who has been strapped for bodies early this season.

Perkins worked three scoreless innings in Peninsula's victory, but he walked four batters and got out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and eighth innings.

"It was nice getting out of those situations, but, obviously, I don't want to get into the habit of getting myself into things like that," Perkins said.

With the day he had, though, he can hardly be blamed for the momentary lapses of control.

-- WILL MORROW and JEFF HELMINIAK



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