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Oilers drop ABL opener to AIA

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2002

The nice thing about baseball is that there's almost always a tomorrow, another day to get back up on the horse.

The climb back into the saddle will be a little bit harder for the Peninsula Oilers, though, as the team dropped its Alaska Baseball League opener 17-3 to Athletes in Action-Alaska Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Things started in promising fashion for the Oilers, who took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Graziano singled to lead off the inning and stole second. Graziano advanced on a single by Brian Wahlbrink, making his first appearance in an Oilers uniform, and scored when Andy Schutzenhofer hit into a double play.

The AIA defense kept the Oilers off the basepaths all night, turning three double plays while starter Derek Roper gave up four hits and two walks in eight innings of work for the win.

AIA tied the game in the second on a RBI single from Eric Rodland, but couldn't get anything else off Oilers starter Roger Lincoln until the top of the fifth inning, when the visiting side scored five runs on seven hits.

AIA added another run in the sixth, six more in the seventh and four in the eighth.

Clark Baggett had two home runs for AIA.

The Oilers scraped for two runs in the ninth. Preston Griffin started the rally with a walk and took second on a single by Adrian Schau. Jake Postlewait, also making his Oilers debut, and Garrett Schoenberger each reached on errors, allowing Griffin and Schau to score.

Monday

Athletes in Action 17, Oilers 3

AIA AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Rodland 2b 5 2 3 3 Graziano cf 3 1 1 0

Strain lf 5 2 2 1 Wahlbrink rf 4 0 1 0

Baggett 1b 5 2 2 3 Schutznhfr 1b 4 0 1 0

Marks c 6 1 3 1 Griffin 2b 3 1 1 0

Bechtold cf 4 3 1 1 Schau 3b 4 1 1 0

Petru 3b 6 0 0 0 Postlewait lf 3 0 0 0

Campbell dh 5 3 2 1 Jones c 3 0 0 0

Wydner ss 5 1 2 3 Beale ss 3 0 0 0

Thomas rf 4 3 3 1 Richie dh 2 0 0 0

--- - - - - Schoenbrgr c 1 0 0 0

Totals 45 17 18 14 Totals 30 3 5 0

AIA-Alaska 010 051 640 -- 17

Peninsula 100 000 002 -- 3

E -- Rodland, Baggett, Schutzenhofer, Beale. DP -- AIA 3. LOB -- AIA 8, Oilers 5. 2B -- Rodland 2, Wydner 2. 3B -- Thomas. HR -- Baggett 2. SB -- Thomas, Graziano. S -- Baggett, Graziano.

IP H R ER BB SO

Roper, W 8 4 1 1 2 1

Gallegos 1 1 2 0 1 2

Oilers

Lincoln, L 5 9 6 6 4 5

Smith 2 1-3 7 10 9 2 2

Schau 1 2-3 2 1 0 0 4

HBP -- by Roper (Richie). PB -- Jones.

T -- 2:48.



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