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Oilers sweep Goldpanners

Posted: Friday, July 02, 2004

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-3 Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to complete a three-game sweep.

The Goldpanners entered the series with the lead in the Alaska Baseball League, but by virtue of the sweep the Oilers are now tied with the Mat-Su Miners for the top spot in the ABL.

The Oilers have a 6-4 record in the league, while the Goldpanners fall to 4-4 overall.

"We play our baseball, we're good all summer," said Oilers head coach Aric Thomas on the radio after the game. "Pitch, play defense and our bats are coming around and we're putting up some great numbers."

The Oilers did not commit an error Thursday in backing up winning pitcher Michael Martin and Eric Butkiewicz, who earned the save.

Martin worked eight innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits. He tormented the Panners by nibbling at the corners all night. All four of his strikeouts came when the Panners were caught looking.

"He did an outstanding job of keeping them off-balance all night," Thomas said.

Martin ran into trouble in the ninth, though. The Panners loaded the bases with nobody out, forcing Thomas to call on Butkiewicz. The reliever immediately got a double play, allowing one run to score. A passed ball allowed another run to score, and a hit brought the tying run to the plate, but Butkiewicz ended the threat by coaxing a fly ball to center field.

The Oilers made full use of all of an inning's three outs in the game, as all six of their runs came after two were out.

David Newby, a graduate of Soldotna High School, played the biggest role in those two-out rallies.

In the third inning, with the Oilers holding a 1-0 lead, Newby drilled a 3-2 pitch over the fence in left field for a three-run homer.

In the fifth inning, Newby drew a two-out walk and stole second. He then scored on a base hit by Patrick Rooney.

The Oilers produced 10 hits on the evening, with Joey Hendricks getting two hits, Newby getting two hits, Rooney getting two hits and Robert Perry getting two hits.

The Oilers now travel to Anchorage to face the Bucs in 7 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday. The Bucs are 2-0 against the Oilers this season.

Thursday

OILERS 6, GOLDPANNERS 3

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Mortensen cf 4 0 0 0 Perry cf 3 1 2 1

Lissman lf 4 1 1 0 Minaker ss 5 0 1 1

Blair 2b 4 1 1 0 Kliebert 2b 4 0 0 0

Balmer 3b 3 0 0 0 Dahl rf 4 0 1 0

Jerolman c 4 1 1 0 Faulkner 1b 3 1 0 0

Struble rf 4 0 2 0 Hndrcks dh 4 2 2 0

Perschna 1b 4 0 0 1 DNewby lf 3 2 2 3

Castanon dh 2 0 0 0 Rooney 3b 4 0 2 1

Sidhu ss 2 0 0 0 Eichel c 3 0 0 0

Coit ph 1 0 1 0

Ravago ss 0 0 0 0

Totals 32 3 6 1 Totals 33 6 10 6

Alaska 000 010 002 3

Peninsula 013 011 00x 6

E Persichina. DP Oilers 1. LOB Goldpanners 4, Oilers 8. 2B Jerolman, Rooney. HR DNewby. SB Perry. CS Minaker, Dahl.

IP H R ER BB SO

Goldpanners

Gibson, L 5 7 5 5 5 6

Hester 1 1-3 3 1 1 0 0

Andrade 1 2-3 0 0 0 0 1

Oilers

Martin, W 8 5 3 2 2 4

Butkiewicz, S 1 1 0 0 0 0

Martin pitched to three batters in the ninth.

PB Eichel.



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