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Peninsula designated hitter breaks up no-hitter with game-winning homer

Oilers show Knights who's the Mann

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2003

Designated hitter Schuyler Mann broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the seventh inning, blasting a leadoff home run over the left-field fence to give the Peninsula Oilers a 1-0 win over the visiting Portland, Ore., Aloha Knights at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

It was the Oilers' first -- and only -- hit of the game as Aloha Knights starter Dustin Cameron shut the Oilers down over the first six innings before being lifted for Brett Gillaspie in the bottom of the seventh.

"I was just sitting with a good count," Mann said of his drive. "I knew (the pitcher) didn't have anything to lose with nobody on base."

Mann, who has three doubles this season to go with the Oilers' only home run, said he doesn't consider himself a power hitter.

"I'll have power spurts, but I'm not a home run guy," Mann said. "They're tough to come by in this league. I got one. I feel pretty good. I won't be too mad if that's the only one."

"All we needed was one hit tonight, and Schuyler came through big for us," said Oilers coach Kyle DiEduardo.

Indeed, the Oilers found themselves locked in another pitchers' duel, and Peninsula starter Garrett Pennington acquitted himself well, allowing one hit over four innings while striking out two and walking one.

Chad Decker came on to throw three innings of scoreless relief for the win, allowing one hit, Tim Gorski pitched a perfect eighth and Kyle Wilson earned the save, notching three strikeouts while working around a leadoff error and a two-out walk.

"You've always got to stay relaxed, no matter what the situation is," Wilson said. "It's a new thing for me. I haven't closed like this before. It's different, but I like it."

Wilson said the team's pitching and defense has jelled, something DiEduardo expects will account for a good number of wins this season.

"Hopefully we can score some more runs, but we're going to keep winning with our pitching -- pitching and defense," DiEduardo said. "This was a great team we played. Hopefully, we'll see them again in the NBC World Series."

The Oilers begin Alaska Baseball League competition Saturday in Anchorage, and DiEduardo said the series with the Aloha Knights was a good primer on Alaska baseball -- good pitching and defense and a tight ballgame.

"That's the kind of game, day in and day out, we're going to be playing," DiEduardo said.

After taking two of three from the Knights and with a 6-5 overall record, the Oilers are ready for their first road trip.

"I think we've been playing really well together over the last six games," Wilson said. "I think everyone's pretty confident going into this road trip."

Thursday

OILERS 1, ALOHA KNIGHTS 0

Knights ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Burt dh 4 0 0 0 Frazee cf 4 0 0 0

Hudson ss 4 0 0 0 Uribes ss 4 0 0 0

Jenkins c 4 0 0 0 Mann dh 3 1 1 1

Cunningham lf 4 0 1 0 Mangels 1b 3 0 0 0

Kosturos rf 3 0 1 0 Bensko 2b 3 0 0 0

Steinmeyer 3b 3 0 0 0 Lex lf 1 0 0 0

Bolcoa 1b 3 0 0 0 Dahl rf 2 0 0 0

Hall cf 3 0 0 0 Schoenberger c 3 0 0 0

Roters 2b 2 0 0 0 Bacon 3b 2 0 0 0

Totals 30 0 2 0 Totals 25 1 1 1

Portland 000 000 000 -- 0

Peninsula 000 000 10x -- 1

E -- Jenkins. LOB -- Knights 8, Oilers 3. SB -- Bacon. HR -- Mann.

IP H R ER BB SO

Knights

Cameron 6 0 0 0 2 7

Gillaspie, L 1 1 1 1 1 0

Madej 1 0 0 0 1 1

Oilers

Pennington 4 1 0 0 1 2

Decker, W 3 1 0 0 2 1

Gorski 1 0 0 0 0 1

Wilson, S 1 0 0 0 1 3

HBP -- by Pennington (Hall). WP -- Pennington, Wilson.



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