The Athletes in Action Alaska started hot with a home run in the first inning, but the Peninsula Oilers quickly doused the Fire with a 10-hit barrage, including a three-run double from David Newby and a three-run homer by Jake Kahaulelio for an 11-4 win Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The three-game series concludes tonight as the Oilers finish off a 12-game homestand. Game time is 7 p.m. The Oilers are now 9-2 overall and 2-0 in Alaska Baseball League play.
"The wind finally died down here, and some guys got into some balls," Newby said.
Newby, batting in the leadoff spot, went 2-for-5 with two runs and three runs batted in while Kahaulelio, hitting third, went 3-for-4 with five RBI.
The Fire made some noise early as second baseman Luke McLean hit the first home run of the season at Seymour Park, hitting a shot that cleared the outfield fence just fair of the left-field foul pole.
The Oilers got right back into it in the bottom of the second inning, though, loading the bases with two outs on a pair of walks and an AIA error.
Newby then delivered the big blow, smashing a double to left-center field to plate all three Oilers runners.
Luke Salas followed Newby with a single to left. Newby took third on the hit, and after Salas stole second, Kahaulelio hit a single up the middle, driving in two more runs. Kahaulelio scored when Nick Kliebert reached on an AIA fielding error.
"That early in the game, hitting like that, we're feeling confident at the plate," Newby said. "There's still some things we can clean up. Any time you score that many runs that early, you don't want to relax. You want to keep the pressure on."
The Oilers bats stayed hot through the fifth inning, when Newby singled and Salas followed with a walk, setting the table for Kahaulelio, who promptly cleared it with his blast over the left-field fence.
The Oilers added two more runs in the sixth, loading the bases on a single and two walks. The Fire cut down one run on a force out at the plate, but Matt Inouye picked up an RBI with a base on balls, and McGuire was hit by a pitch, pushing the second run of the inning across the plate.
Oilers starter Ty Dunham settled in after the first inning, retiring the Fire in order in the second and starting a double play to get out of a first-and-third jam in the fourth.
The Fire touched up Dunham for three runs in the fifth inning on a home run from Josh Donaldson.
Matt Meyer relieved Dunham to start the sixth, striking out four batters while keeping the Fire scoreless for two innings.
Chuck Rider pitched a perfect eighth for the Oilers, and Adam Reifer finished up the ninth.
Dunham picked up the win for the Oilers while AIA starter Harvey Yergin was saddled with the loss.
OILERS 11, FIRE 4
AIA ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi
Simpson cf 5 1 1 0 DNewby cf 5 2 2 3
McLean 2b 2 2 1 1 Salas lf 2 2 1 0
Carr rf 4 0 1 0 Kahlelio 2b 4 3 3 5
Donaldsn ss 4 1 2 3 Kliebert ss 3 1 0 0
Crane 1b 4 0 0 0 McCarthy rf 4 0 2 0
Maloney lf 4 0 1 0 Inouye c 4 0 1 1
Dockery c 3 0 0 0 McGuire 3b 3 1 1 1
Miller 3b 4 0 0 0 Faulkner 1b 5 1 0 0
Justice dh 3 0 0 0 Scutchfld dh 3 1 0 0
Totals 33 4 6 4 Totals 33 11 10 10
AIA Alaska 100 030 000 4
Peninsula 060 302 00x 11
E Miller, Kliebert. DP Fire 2, Oilers x1. LOB Fire 9, Oilers 9. SB Salas 2, D. Newby, McCarthy, McLean. 2B D. Newby. HR McLean, Donaldson, Kahaulelio.
IP H R ER BB SO
Yergin, L 3 6 8 2 4 1
Bingham 2 3 2 2 1 1
Miller 3 1 1 1 4 2
Dunham, W 5 6 4 4 2 4
Meyer 2 0 0 0 3 4
Rider 1 0 0 0 0 0
Reifer 1 0 0 0 1 1
Yergin pitched to two batters int he fourth; Bingham pitched to two batters in the sixth.
Blk. Yergin, Meyer. PB Dockery 2, Inouye. HBP by Miller (McGuire).
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