Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Oilers collect 8th straight win

Oilers pitchers combine to strike out 15 AIA batters

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2006

Make it eight.

The Peninsula Oilers took their eighth consecutive contest Thursday, defeating the AIA Alaska Fire 6-2 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park to maintain their lead in the Alaska Baseball League standings.

Andre Lamontagne set the tone on the mound for the Oilers as he struck out nine batters in five innings of work. Lamontagne allowed four hits and walked one batter, giving up two runs, one of them earned.

The Oilers picked up seven hits on the night and took advantage of four Fire errors.

The Oilers took the lead — and never let it go— for the second time in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chris Nelson led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Omar Padilla. After a fly-out, Andy Preston, a left-handed batter, found a gap in the Fire defense to the opposite field to plate Nelson from second.

The Oilers added a run in the sixth inning when Nelson again led off with a single to left. Nelson stole second and advanced to third on the same play as the pitch was wild. Padilla then singled to drive Nelson home.

The Oilers added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, plating two runs on two AIA errors.

While Oilers pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters — Mike Koons fanned four in his two innings of relief, and Taylor Bills struck out two of the three batters he faced to close out the game in the ninth — Oilers also showed some nifty glove work as third baseman Erik Hagstrum made a spectacular stop on a blast down the line to get the final out of the game.

The Fire drew first blood in the game, plating a run with two outs in the top of the first inning. Xavier Scruggs drew a base on balls and stole second. Ben Bando then singled to right field, and the throw home took catcher Kip Masuda to the first-base side of home plate, allowing Scruggs to touch home just ahead of the tag.

The Oilers scored twice in the bottom of the frame, though. With two outs, Brian Van Kirk and Preston hit back-to-back singles. Both advanced on a passed ball, and AIA pitcher Robbie Weinhardt walked the next three batters, forcing in Van Kirk and Preston, before getting a pop-up to end the inning.

The Fire were able to tie the game in the top of the second. Travis Catalani reached and took second on an error, stole third and scored on a single by Brian Asbill.

The series finale is tonight at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Oilers open a two-game series with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Oilers 6, Fire 2

Fire ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Simpson cf 4 0 1 0 Neslon cf 3 3 2 0

Stouffer rf 4 0 0 0 Padilla ss 4 0 1 1

Scruggs 1b 3 1 0 0 Van Kirk rf 4 1 1 0

Bando dh 4 0 1 1 Preston 1b 5 1 2 1

Marshall c 4 0 1 0 Clark dh 3 0 1 0

Catalani 2b 4 1 1 0 Hagstrum 3b 4 0 0 1

Morrow ss 3 0 0 0 Yount 2b 3 0 0 1

Asbill 3b 4 0 2 1 Masuda c 2 0 0 0

Shaver lf 4 0 1 0 Laguna lf 4 0 0 0

Thrush c 0 0 0 0 Mottern pr 0 1 0 0

Ahearn 1 0 0 0 Opdyke c 0 0 0 0

Totals 35 2 7 2 Totals 32 6 7 4

AIA Alaska 110 000 000 — 2

Peninsula 200 101 20x — 6

E — Yount, Catalani 2, Masuda, Morrow 2. DP — Fire 2. LOB — Fire 7, Oilers 12. SB — Scruggs, Catalani 2, Nelson 2. 2B — Asbill. S — Padilla.

ip h r er bb so

Fire

Weinhardt, L 5 6 4 2 5 2

Gossett 1 2/3 1 2 0 2 1

Wilson 1 1/3 0 0 0 1 0

Oilers

Lamontagne, W 5 4 2 1 1 9

Koons 2 3 0 0 0 4

Heines 1 0 0 0 0 0

Bills 1 0 0 0 0 2

PB — Marshall. WP — Weinhardt 2, Gossett. HBP — by Weinhardt (Masuda), by Gossett (Masuda).



CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS