Oilers polish off Strike Zone

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2005


  Peninsula Oilers shortstop Nick Kliebert scoops a groundball to make a throw to first for an out in the third inning Thursday against the Omaha Strike Zone. Photo by M Scott Moon

Peninsula Oilers shortstop Nick Kliebert scoops a groundball to make a throw to first for an out in the third inning Thursday against the Omaha Strike Zone.

Photo by M Scott Moon

The Peninsula Oilers swept the visiting Omaha, Neb., Strike Zone Thursday night taking the second game in dominant fashion with a 9-1 win at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

The Oilers feasted on Omaha's pitching, notching 11 hits in the win, while seven different Oilers scored.

"There seemed to be just better balls to hit tonight and we got deeper in the counts again," Oilers coach Mike Coutts said of the win.

The Oilers did indeed get deeper in the counts as seven walks were totaled against the Strike Zone.

The Oilers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with four hits and two runs. Matt Inouye and Jared McGuire each crossed home plate for a 2-0 Oilers' lead.

The Strike Zone would score after a walk in the top of the third inning, but Oilers' pitchers Ty Davis and Brian Chambers would allow only two hits the whole night.

Luke Salas robbed Omaha of what might have been its second base hit with a diving catch in left field for the final out to for the Oilers in the third inning.

Back at the plate, the Oilers fired off three more singles.

John McCarthy started things in the bottom of the third inning with his single. McCarthy would steal second base after Nick Kliebert sent a deep fly ball into center field.

McGuire and Nate Faulkner each would hit singles as well, with Faulkner's sending McCarthy home for a 3-1 Oilers' lead.

Davis gave no hits away in the top of the fourth and fifth innings while the Oilers kept things rolling in the bottom of the fourt. Strike Zone pitcher Dan Burkhart walked the first three Oilers he faced and a single from McCarthy allowed David Newby and Jake Kahaulelio to score.

Salas would also score in the inning and Justin Sutchfield added another run in the fifth inning as the Oilers' lead swelled to 7-1.

"I'm getting used to the wooden bats now," Salas said. "It finally feels more comfortable."

Davis allowed one more hit through the sixth and seventh innings and added another strikeout as Brian Chambers replaced him to start the eighth inning.

Davis finshed with seven strikeouts while allowing only two hits and one walk to earn the win.

Chambers was perfect in two innings of work.

"(Ty) Davis hit his spots tonight and stayed out of trouble," coach Coutts said. "Davis hit inside well and just jammed them in there and made them almost to tough to hit, then Chambers came in and did great as well."

Chambers, who came flew in Wednesday night was pitching his first game for the Oilers this season. The righty out of Florida State played for the Oilers last season.

"Its good to be pitching again and just be back on the mound," Chambers said. "I think my first game went well pitching two innings."

The Oilers added two more hits and two more runs in the eighth inning to seal the win as Kahaulelio and Salas each scored their second runs of the night for the 9-1 final.

"Our pitching and hitting was just great tonight," Salas said. "I think we were just more comfortable."



Omaha 001 000 000 — 1 2 2

Peninsula 021 310 02x — 9 11 0

Burkhart, Dales (5), Smith (8) and Siwa; Davis, Chambers (8) and Scutchfield. W — Davis. L — Burkhart. 2B — Omaha, Siwa.

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