The Peninsula Oilers dropped their Alaska Baseball League opener 7-6 on Friday to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The Pilots, who are now 4-1 in the league under the leadership of former Kenai Central standout and former Oilers pitching coach Dennis Machado, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai was called for catcher's interference on Pilots pinch hitter Jason Coats.
The bases were loaded with one out, so when Coats was awarded first base, the winning run was forced home in the person of Drew Heid and the game was over.
The Pilots had loaded the bases in the ninth on two singles and an intentional walk.
The Oilers were behind 5-0 after three innings, but got back into the game with four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to knot the game at 5.
After the Pilots went up 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth, the Oilers tied the game up in the top of the ninth using a hit, throwing error and wild pitch.
The teams combined to use nine pitchers in the game, including Pilots winning pitcher D.J. Mauldin.
As the Clarion went to press, the Oilers were playing the Pilots on Saturday in a game that started at 10:30 p.m.
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