New opponent, same old Oilers.
After opening the season with a relatively easy three-game sweep of the California Bears, the Peninsula Oilers continued rolling Thursday, recording 13 hits, including an inside-the-park home run by Jeremiah Mejia, in downing the North County Waves, 11-2, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
Coming off 9-0 and 10-2 victories with 11 hits in each on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, the Oilers didn’t slow down a bit.
They continued their trend of striking early, as they did on Wednesday with six runs in the first two innings, by scoring five in the opening two frames on Thursday.
Consecutive singles by Nick Buss (2-for-4), Kyle Melton (2-for-5) and Michael Dabbs to begin the bottom of the first set the stage for Toby Davis, who went 3-for-3 and knocked in a pair runs with the Oilers’ fourth base hit in a row. Following a sacrifice bunt by Adam Younger, Joe Patterson (2-for-4) made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Mejia’s inside-the-park home run in the second inning increased the lead to 4-0 and Buss, who singled, came around to score on an error.
Steve Goins then knocked Waves’ starter Brett Bochy out of the game in the third with an RBI single. Bochy lasted only 2 1/3 innings after allowing six runs on nine hits in taking the loss.
Reliever Matt Backes managed to tame the Oilers (4-0) in the fourth, one of only two innings the Oilers failed to score in the sixth is the other while the Waves finally lit the scoreboard in the fifth.
With runners on second third and two outs, a throwing error on Younger allowed Jimmy Maxwell to cross with the first run and another came home one batter later.
While opponent’s pitching has been shaky, Peninsula’s has been anything but.
The Oilers received another solid start, this time from Steve Goins, who allowed no runs on two hits and no walks over three strong innings. He earned the victory in Monday’s contest after throwing three hitless innings of relief against the Bears, but didn’t stay in Thursday’s game for the required five innings to earn it.
John Dunn, of the University of Southern California, took over for Goins in the fourth and gave up two runs on one hit in earning the win. After pitching a scoreless inning in Wednesday’s game, Kevin Epperheimer continued his dominance, facing only six batters in two innings of relief while throwing a total of 17 pitches. Paul Smyth finished it off by retiring the side in the ninth.
The Oilers added two more runs in the fifth, tacked on another in the seventh when two batters walked and another two were hit by Marcin offerings, forcing home the ninth run and Younger then scored moments later on a wild pitch.
Younger also capped the scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth.
OILERS 11, WAVES 2
N.C. 000 020 000 2 4 2
Penin. 321 020 21x 11 13 3
Bochy, Backes (3), Compton (6), Marcin (7) and Stiff; Goins, Dunn (4), Epperheimer (7), Smyth (9) and Patterson. W Dunn. L Bochy. 2B Peninsula: Younger; North County: Simper, Castelito, Hom. HR Peninsula: Mejia. LOB North County 6, Peninsula 8.
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