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Rain can’t stop Oilers

Team gets 2 victories in 3 games despite showers

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2006

 

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  Peninsula Oilers' David Newby connects with the ball in the second inning of Friday's first game. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Peninsula Oilers pitcher Andre Lamontagne throws to first for a pickoff attempt in the first inning of Friday's first game against the Beatrice Bruins.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Somewhere in between, around and through Friday’s showers, the Peninsula Oilers managed to get in a pair of games with the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins.

In the first game of the doubleheader, scheduled for seven innings, Beatrice made an early one-run lead stand up and added some late insurance runs for a 4-1 win.

In the second game, the Oilers scored early and often to win 12-5 in a game called after five innings due to poor field conditions.

In Saturday’s game, the Oilers opened up a three-game series against the Lake Erie, Mich., Monarchs with a 7-3 win. The series continues today at 2 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

“We’re really fortunate. Just to get one game in was good,” said the Oilers’ Kip Masuda following Friday’s games. “The weather is different here in Alaska. We’re here to play baseball, so any time we can play ...”

In the first game, the Bruins scored in the top of the second inning, when Jake Mort singled and advanced on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Mort scored on a single to right by Dion Parks.

 

Peninsula Oilers' David Newby connects with the ball in the second inning of Friday's first game.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Oilers had the potential tying run cut down at the plate in the bottom of the third. Daniel Boyle stretched his leadoff hit to left into a double, beating a nonchalant throw into second. Thad Johnson sacrificed Boyle to third, but Boyle was hung up on his way home when the next batter, Brian Hickman, hit a comebacker to the Beatrice pitcher. Boyle was caught in a rundown and was tagged out by the catcher trying for home.

The Bruins added two runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice, and pushed one more across in the seventh when a batter was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded.

“I think we were a little flat for the first game,” said Oilers coach Thad Johnson, noting that the team had gotten to Coral Seymour Memorial Park early to attend to their groundskeeping duties. The field needed quite a bit of work, and just before the scheduled 3:30 p.m. start, a sudden downpour had the team pulling the tarp back over the infield.

“Our minds were taken off baseball, but they did a great job picking each other up after the first game and sneaking out of here with a win,” Johnson said.

The Oilers scored a pair of runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Brian Van Kirk and a run-scoring double by David Newby.

The Oilers scored three more in the second inning on a pair of hits, a Bruins error and a pair of walks, and the home team sent 10 men to the plate in the third inning, scoring seven runs on three hits, two hit batters and two walks.

Kip Masuda provided the biggest pop of the inning with a three-run home run over the left field fence.

“It was my first hit in a while. Hopefully, it will give me some confidence for the rest of my at-bats,” Masuda said. “Baseball is all mental, and I’ll take what I can get.”

Newby finished the game with four runs batted in on two hits and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.

“I’ve been feeling good. In the first game I was 0-for-3, but you’ve got to get back in there and keep swinging,” Newby said.

Masuda said the Oilers coaches spent the 30 minutes between games reminding players why they were in Alaska for the summer.

“They told us we’re here to play baseball, and we’re going to have to get things going. If we can play with good energy, everything else should take care of itself,” Masuda said.

After the long wait in the bottom of the third, Oilers starter Jesse Jordan had some trouble at the top of the fourth, surrendering five consecutive hits before getting an out. Beatrice scored five runs on six hits and an error in the frame.

Johnson said he liked the way his team was starting to come together.

“The more they get to know each other, the more they feel like they can trust each other,” Johnson said. “They’re becoming friends, both coming out here and seeing each other off the field.”

Bruins 4, Oilers 0

Bruins ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Tucker 2b 4 0 1 0 Masuda c 3 0 0 0

Hicks ss 3 1 1 0 Gerloff ss 3 0 1 0

Colligan cf 3 0 1 0 Nelson cf 2 0 0 0

Brown rf 3 0 0 0 Van Kirk rf 3 0 1 0

Parks lf 3 1 2 1 Newby lf 3 0 0 0

Mort dh 3 2 1 0 Opdyke 1b 3 0 1 0

Merrell 3b 3 0 0 0 Boyle 2b 3 0 2 0

Lafrenz c 2 0 0 0 Johnson 3b 0 0 0 0

Parks 1b 3 0 1 2 Hickman dh 3 0 0 0

Weber ph 0 0 0 1

Wolfe c 0 0 0 0

Totals 27 4 7 4 Totals 23 0 5 0

Beatrice 010 002 1 — 4

Peninsula 000 000 0 — 0

E — Johnson 2, Gerloff. DP — Oilers 2. LOB — Bruins 7, Oilers 5. CS — Van Kirk. 2B — Boyle. S — Colligan, Johnson, Mort, Nelson.

ip h r er bb so

Bruins

Sheldon, W 6 2/3 5 0 0 0 6

Bird, S 1/3 0 0 0 0 0

Oilers

Lamontagne, L 6 7 3 0 2 4

Miller 1 0 1 0 0 0

PB — Masuda. WP — Lamontagne. HBP — by Sheldon (Johnson), by Miller (Brown), by Bird (Johnson).

Oilers 12, Bruins 5

Bruins ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Tucker 2b 3 1 0 1 Nelson cf 4 1 1 0

Hicks ss 3 0 1 1 Gerloff ss 2 2 0 1

Colligan cf 3 0 1 0 Van Kirk rf 2 2 2 3

Brown rf 2 0 0 1 Opdyke 1b 3 0 1 1

Weber lf 3 1 1 0 Newby lf 2 1 2 4

Mort 3b 3 1 1 0 Masuda c 3 1 1 3

Wolfe 2b 3 1 2 1 Boyle 2b 2 2 1 0

Merrell dh 2 1 1 0 Johnson 3b 2 1 1 0

Lafrenz c 3 0 1 1 Hickman dh0 2 0 0

Totals 25 5 8 5 Totals 20 12 9 12

Beatrice 000 50 — 5

Peninsula 327 0x — 12

E — Boyle, Tucker, Johnson, Gerloff. DP — Bruins 1. LOB — Bruins 7, Oilers 5. SB — Colligan, Boyle. 2B — Newby, Weber. HR — Masuda. S — Gerloff.

ip h r er bb so

Bruins

Potts, L 1 2/3 4 5 2 2 2

Wecker 1/3 1 3 4 1 0

Simon 1 3 4 4 1 0

Lloyd 1 1 0 0 1 0

Oilers

Jordan, W 4 8 5 4 2 5

HBP — by Wecker (Boyle), by Wecker(Johnson), by Wecker (Newby).



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