The Peninsula Oilers broke open a tight game with a five-run fourth inning, powering their way to an 12-4 win over the North County, Calif., Waves Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The series concludes today with a 7 p.m. start.
With the score tied at three, the Oilers sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, loading the bases for Andy Dahl, who singled to give Peninsula a 4-3 lead.
Joey Hendricks followed with a single to drive in another run, and Rocky Laguna hit a two-run double down the right-field line. Matt Eichel followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in the fifth run of the inning in his first game of the season with the Oilers.
Oscar Serrato got the start on the mound for the Oilers. Serrato got a strikeout to end the first inning with a Waves runner stranded on third base, and after North County struck for three runs on four hits in the top of the second, the Peninsula right-hander settled down to keep the Waves off the board in the third and retired the side in order in the fifth, coming out sharp after the Oilers big inning.
Serrato ran into trouble in the seventh and gave way to Hendricks on the mound with runners on first and second and no outs. Hendrick walked the bases loaded, and the Waves picked up a run on a fielder's choice before the Oilers were able to turn a double play to get out of the inning.
After Hendricks retired the side in order in the top of the eighth, the Oilers padded their lead in the bottom of the frame. David Newby got on base, advanced on a well-executed hit-and-run by Robert Perry and scored on a wild pitch. Nathan Faulkner drove in a run with a single, and after a double by Nick Kliebert, Dahl and Hendricks each hit RBI singles.
Kliebert also had a stellar day in the field at shortstop, making a diving stop in the seventh to initiate an inning-ending double play, and had assists on all three outs as Hendricks retired the side in order in the ninth.
The Oilers improve to 3-2 overall.
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