The Peninsula Oilers capped their three-game series against the Ukiah, Calif., Victory Dons with an 8-1 win Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, completing a sweep of the series.
The Oilers will begin Alaska Baseball League play tonight when they host the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The series with the Glacier Pilots will continue with games Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Oilers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Thursday. Mark Teahen hit a one-out single and scored on Luke Simmons' double. Simmons stole third base and scored on a hard ground out by Matt Cunningham.
The bottom half of the Oilers' batting order picked up in the second inning where the top half left off. Creighton Kahoalii walked and scored on a double by Jackson Coleman, and Coleman crossed the plate on single by leadoff batter Bobby Spano.
The Oilers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kahoalii led off the frame with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Brian Horwitz drew a one-out walk, and Spano drove in Kahoalii with a base hit.
Horwitz scampered home on a ground out by Teahen.
The Victory Dons got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning when Pat Breen hit a leadoff home run, but the Oilers responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Teahen was hit by a pitch with two outs, Simmons drew a base on balls and Cunningham delivered a double, scoring both runners.
Oilers starting pitcher Chris Reilly threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out five batters for the win.
Jeremy White made his first appearance for the Oilers in relief, going four innings and allowing one run on five hits. White walked three batters and struck out one.
The Oilers continue to get the job done in the field as the only Peninsula error on the night was committed by Reilly on an attempted sacrifice bunt in the second inning. Reilly tried to get the lead runner at second on the play, but his throw pulled Spano, the Oilers shortstop, off the bag.
The Victory Dons next batter also bunted, though, and Reilly was able to get the lead runner at third.
Horwitz demonstrated some impressive range in center field, and he showed an arm to go with his speed when he cut down a Ukiah runner trying to score from third on a fly ball to center to end the sixth inning.
Teahen had another stellar game at third base, getting a glove on every ball hit his way, bad hops and all.
Spano led the Oilers from the plate with his 2-for-5 night, driving in two runs. Teahen, Simmons, Cunningham, Wilton Reynolds, Horwitz, Coleman, and Kahoalii each notched a hit for the Peninsula side.
Willie Castillo, a supplemental player on the Oilers roster from Kenai, recorded an assist from his position at second base to end the game. Castillo entered the game as a defensive substitute in the ninth inning.
OILERS 8, VICTORY DONS 1
Dons AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI
DeAnda ss 5 0 2 0 Spano ss 5 0 2 2
Roberts dh 5 0 0 0 Teahen 3b 4 2 1 1
Breen cf 2 1 2 1 Simmons 1b 2 2 1 1
Gonzales 2b 4 0 0 0 Cunningham c 4 0 1 3
Walter 3b 2 0 2 0 Reynolds rf 4 0 1 0
Beale 1b 3 0 1 0 Dragicevich 2b 3 0 0 0
Young lf 4 0 0 0 Kahoalii dh 3 2 1 0
Baarstad rf 3 0 0 0 Coleman lf 4 1 1 1
Olivarez c 3 0 0 0 Horwitz cf 2 1 1 0
Van Camp ph 1 0 0 0 Hendricks ph 1 0 0 0
Gerlach ph 1 0 0 0 Castillo 2b 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 1 7 1 Totals 32 8 9 8
Ukiah 000 001 000 -- 1
Peninsula 220 202 00x -- 8
E -- Reilly. DP -- Oilers 2. LOB -- Dons 10, Oilers 7. 2B -- Simmons, Coleman, Walter, Cunningham, Horwitz. HR -- Breen. SB -- Kahoalii 2, Reynolds 2, Simmons. CS -- Dragicevich.
IP H R ER BB SO
Wagoner, L 3 1-3 6 6 5 3 4
Rogers 4 2-3 3 2 2 2 7
Reilly, W 5 2 0 0 2 4
White 4 5 1 1 3 1
WP -- Reilly, Rogers, White. HBP -- by Rogers (Simmons, Teahen). PB -- Olivarez 2. Balk -- Rogers.
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