The Peninsula Oilers made it four victories in a row, defeating the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 4-1 Saturday in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
With the win, the Oilers improve to 5-5 in league play and 13-8 overall as the ABL standings tighten up. The Oilers are now within a game of the Glacier Pilots (6-4 in the ABL), who entered Saturday’s game with the top record in league play.
Saturday’s win was also the first for the Oilers in four tries against the Glacier Pilots. The Oilers had lost five straight games on the road before returning home and sweeping a three-game series with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks earlier this week.
The Oilers will face the Glacier Pilots again today at 2 p.m. at Seymour Park.
Ryan Tatusko set the tone for the Oilers Saturday, picking up the win on the mound. After giving up a run in the first inning, Tatusko held the Glacier Pilots scoreless into the seventh inning, when Matt Trink came on with one out and a runner on base.
Trink got two quick outs to end the inning, and Taylor Bills, aided by a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double-play, faced just six batters over the final two innings to record the save.
Tatusko gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work and struck out seven without issuing a walk; Trink had one strikeout in 2/3 inning of work; and Bills struck out two batters, giving up one hit.
The Oilers got on the scoreboard in the second inning, when Andy Preston led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice by Jordan Opdyke and a single by Kip Masuda, and scored on a single by Chris Nelson.
Later in the inning, Masuda tried to score from third on an infield ground ball, but was tagged out at the plate.
The Oilers tacked on two more runs in the third inning. Brian Van Kirk led off with a single, and after an out, Preston reached on a smash the Pilots’ third baseman could not handle.
Opdyke followed with a single to plate Van Kirk, and Nelson delivered a two-out single to score Preston.
The Oilers added an insurance run in the sixth when Masuda singled to lead off the inning. After two outs, Jake Kahaulelio and David Newby drew walks to load the bases, and Masuda scored from third on a wild pitch.
Nelson finished with a pair of hits and two runs batted in for the Oilers. Masuda also had a pair of hits.
Anchorage scored in the first inning on a leadoff double by Lucas Waters.
Waters advanced to third on a groundout and scored when John Allman reached on an error.
The Pilots loaded the bases with none out in the fifth inning, but Tatusko got a grounder to shortstop, a strikeout and a pop-up to second base to get out of the jam.
Tatusko also got out of a jam in the third inning with two runners on base and none out. He got a fly ball to center, a strikeout and a grounder to shortstop to get out of the inning unscathed.
Waters finished with three hits for the Pilots.
Oilers 4, Glacier Pilots 1
Pilots ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi
Waters ss 4 1 3 0 Nelson 2b 4 0 2 2
D’Arnaud 3b 4 0 0 0 Laguna lf 4 0 0 0
Allman rf 4 0 1 1 Kahlelio ss 3 0 1 0
Williams cf 4 0 0 0 Newby cf 3 0 0 0
Shaver lf 4 0 0 0 Van Kirk rf 3 1 1 0
Lasater 1b 4 0 0 0 Clark 3b 3 0 0 0
Price 2b 4 0 0 0 Preston dh 4 2 1 0
Wynne dh 3 0 0 0 Opdyke 1b 3 0 1 1
Ray c 3 0 2 0 Masuda c 4 1 2 0
Bellyea ph 1 0 0 0 Yount 3b 1 0 0 0
Totals 35 1 6 1 Totals 34 4 8 3
Anchorage 100 000 000 1
Peninsula 012 001 00x 4
E Pilots 3, Oilers 4. DP Oilers 1. LOB Pilots 7, Oilers 11. SB Waters, Allman. CS Allman. 2B Waters. S Laguna, Opdyke.
ip h r er bb so
Rhoden, L 5 7 3 1 1 2
Ward 2 1 1 1 2 4
Williamson 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tatusko, W 6 1/3 5 1 1 0 7
Trink 2/3 0 0 0 0 1
Bills, S 2 1 0 0 0 2
HBP by Rhoden (Kahaulelio), by Williamson (Nelson). PB Masuda. WP Ward.
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