Oilers blank Sandblasters

Peninsula pitchers punch out 12 to protect early lead

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Peninsula Oilers moved their record to 7-0 on the season with an efficient 5-0 victory over the Three Rivers (Ore.) Sandblasters on Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Oilers bats put up five runs in the first two innings, then were held to just one hit for the rest of the game. It did not matter as the Oilers pitching staff punched out 12 Sandblasters in recording the shutout.

Eight of those strikeouts came from starter and winner Matt Thomson, who worked five innings and gave up just one hit. Carlos Luna pitched two innings of one-hit relief, while Matt Wade and Paul Smyth combined to shut the Sandblasters down in the eighth and ninth on just two hits. The Sandblasters did not have a runner reach second base until the eighth inning.

On offense, the Oilers did all their damage against starter and loser Collin McClaughry. Nick Buss led off the first inning with a bunt single and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Michael Dabbs.

In the second inning, Buss scored Jeremiah Mejia and Juan Martinez with a triple. Buss then came around to score on a single by Kyle Melton. Melton stole second and scored on a single by Michael Dabbs. The Oilers had two hits on the evening, with Mejia and Buss collecting two apiece.

The Oilers will look for a series sweep tonight against the Sandblasters in a 7 p.m. game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. If the Oilers win, they will enter their Alaska Baseball League opener on Friday against the Anchorage Bucs with a perfect record. That opener starts at 7 p.m. at Seymour Park.

OILERS 5, SANDBLASTERS 0

Sand AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Detschmn dh 3 0 2 0 Buss cf 4 2 2 2

Pendergraff rf 4 0 0 0 Melton 2b 2 1 1 1

Anderson lf 4 0 0 0 Dabbs dh 3 0 1 2

Jacobson 1b 4 0 1 0 Younger 3b 3 0 0 0

Buche 3b 4 0 0 0 Goins 1b 3 0 0 0

Bond 2b 3 0 0 0 Patterson c 4 0 0 0

Mais cf 2 0 0 0 Lundy lf 3 0 1 0

Reed c 1 0 0 0 Mejia rf 3 1 2 0

Loxog c 1 0 0 0 Martinz ss 3 1 0 0

Alexander ph 1 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Rainwater ss 3 0 1 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 30 0 4 0 Totals 28 5 7 5

Three Rivers 000 000 000 —0

Peninsula 140 000 00X —5

E — Younger. DP — Oilers 2. LOB — Sandblasters 5, Oilers 5. 3B — Buss. SB — Mais, Buss, Melton 2, Lundy. CS — Lundy, Melton. SF — Dabbs.

IP H R ER BB SO

Sandblasters

McClaughry, L 2 6 5 5 1 1

Grieve 2 0 0 0 1 1

Carpenter 2 1 0 0 3 0

Crow 2 0 0 0 0 3

Oilers

Thomson, W 5 1 0 0 1 8

Luna 2 1 0 0 0 2

Wade 2-3 0 0 0 1 2

Smyth 1 1-3 2 0 0 0 0

PB — Reed, Patterson.



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