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Oilers topple AIA Fire

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010

It wasn't the most exciting way to win a ball game, but the Peninsula Oilers will take it.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Peninsula Oilers shortstop Tyler Grimes throws the ball to first for an out in the fourth inning Thursday against the Athletes in Action.

Justin Charles was credited with the game-winning RBI when he drew a walk on four consecutive balls with the bases loaded to score Kenny Wise in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Oilers a 2-1 win over the Athletes in Action Fire Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Oilers improve to 5-2 in the Alaska Baseball League and 6-2-1 overall. The Fire are now 1-3 and 5-3. The Oilers host AIA again tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mat-Su Miners are at the top of the league with a 6-1 record.

A leadoff single, a throwing error and a walk loaded the bases for the Oilers in the 10th.

Jorge Marban gave up a two-out single to Tyler Windall in the top of the 10th. Windall advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Marban got Aaron Parnell to fly out to end the inning.

A two-out RBI single by AIA's Hank Price tied the game at 1 in the top of the ninth inning. The Fire, who had just two hits all game, doubled their hit total in the inning. Cody Terry started with a leadoff single. He then stole second to get into scoring position. Marban retired the next two batters but blew the save opportunity on Price's hit.

The Oilers stranded Charles, who drew a leadoff walk, in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

The Oilers left 15 base runners stranded in the game. The Fire left seven on base.

Starting pitcher Jake Sabol gave up just one hit and two walks in six innings pitched. He also recorded four strikeouts.

The Oilers broke the scoreless tie on back-to-back errors in the bottom of the seventh inning. Charles drew a leadoff walk. Then Tyler Grimes reach first safely on his sacrifice bunt attempt on a throwing error by reliever Harrison Helms. Stephen Piscotty also reached first safely on a fielding error on Price when he couldn't field Helms' throw to first base cleanly. Charles scored on the error.

The Oilers had a chance to add to the lead after Helms hit Nathan Theunissen to load the bases with one out. But Helms got Wise hit into a 1-2-3 double play to strand three and keep the deficit at one.

The Oilers left two runners on base in the first and second innings while the Fire sent just six batters to the plate.

Sabol got seven of the first 16 Fire batters to ground out through five innings of work.

The Oilers stranded another two runners in the fifth inning. After reaching on a fielders choice, Piscotty stole second and third base with Patrick Wisdom at the plate. Wisdom drew a walk but a Theunissen fly out kept the game scoreless after five.

After two consecutive walks, Sabol got Parnell to hit into a fielder's choice then Terry to fly out to strand two runners and keep the game scoreless after the top of the sixth.

AIA had a good chance to get score a run in the top of the seventh. Price followed Ryan Matthews' double with a walk. But reliever Eddie Orozco retired the next two batters to preserve the scoreless tie.

Oilers 2, Fire 1, 10 inn.

Fire AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Windall cf 4 0 1 0 Charles 2b 3 1 0 1

Parnell dh 5 0 0 0 Grimes ss 3 0 1 0

Terry ss 4 1 1 0 Piscotty lf 5 0 1 0

Watson 1b 3 0 0 0 Wisdom 3b 3 0 0 0

Matthews rf 4 0 1 0 Thenunissen1b 4 0 1 0

Price 2b 3 0 1 1 Wise cf 5 1 0 0

DePew lf 4 0 0 0 Popick rf 4 0 2 0

Everett 3b 4 0 1 0 Kohan dh 4 0 1 0

Mitroff c 3 0 0 0 Page c 5 0 0 0

Gebhart 1 0 0 0

Totals 34 1 5 1 Totals 37 2 6 1

Fire 000 000 001 0 -- 1 5 4

Peninsula 000 000 100 1 -- 2 6 0

DP -- Fire 21; Oilers 1. LOB -- Fire 7, Oilers 15. 2B -- Fire: Matthews. S -- Grimes. SB -- Terry, Grimes, Piscotty(2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Heroes

Bersano 6 5 0 0 3 4

Helms 1 0 1 0 1 0

DeBoer 1 1-3 0 0 0 1 0

Swank 1 2-3 1 1 0 2 0

Oilers

Sabol 6 1 0 0 2 4

Orozco 2 1 0 0 1 1

Marban 2 3 1 1 0 2

HBP -- by Sabol (Watson); by Helms (Theunissen).



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