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Team USA touches up Oilers for 6-2 win

Former Oiler Reed continues to shine as member of National Team

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2001

Former Peninsula Oilers player Jeremy Reed drew first blood Saturday night as his new team, Team USA, defeated the Oilers 6-2 in the first game of a three-game series at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The series continues today with a doubleheader. Game one is slated to start at 2 p.m.

Reed, batting in the leadoff spot, singled and scored as Team USA put together a four-run first inning.

That would be all the visiting squad would need as Team USA starter Anthony Reyes held the Oilers to two runs, one earned, on six hits and a pair of walks through 6 2-3 innings. Reyes fanned 10 Oilers batters.

The Oilers plated a run in the third inning when Mark Teahen reached on a fielder's choice and, moved up a base on a passed ball and scored on a double by Wilton Reynolds.

Luke Simmons singled to lead off the seventh inning and scored on a double by Justin Seely to cut Team USA's lead to 4-2, but the visiting squad put up two more runs in the top of the eighth.

Oilers starter Ryan Wing settled down after the first inning, striking out nine and walking two through seven innings. Jeremy White pitched the eighth and Joey Newby finished off the ninth inning for the Oilers.

Reed, who went 1-for-4 and scored twice, said it is great to be back in town, different but great.

On top of playing a little ball, Reed had the opportunity to catch up with former teammates Luke Simmons and Jackson Coleman, both of whom he shared the Oilers' jersey with during the 2000 season.

"It's cool, fun to come back here," he said.

Reed was invited to join the USA team during his sophomore year at Long Beach State University in California.

"I just got asked about halfway through, as far as I know it is invite only," Reed said.

He, along with 40 other hopefuls, was asked to try out for one of the 22 spots on the team.

Alaska is the team's first stop on the Red, White and Blue tour covering much of the United States.

The team recently returned from a series of games in Japan.

"It was unbelievable," said Reed with regards to the Japanese culture he had a chance to sample on the team's trip.

He has grown to like Japanese food out of necessity, but playing the game their style was an interesting experience, he said.

Reed and the team arrived on the peninsula Saturday morning after playing in Anchorage Thursday and Friday.

"I just want to say hi to all of the host families," he said. "It is fun to be back and see all the faces again."

For now, Reed is focusing on the remainder of the summer, and he will return to college in the fall to begin his junior year.

After one summer in Alaska and this one in Japan and traveling throughout the states, Reed said, he hopes June 2002's draft will give him something to do next summer.

Saturday

Team USA 6, OILERS 2

USA ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Reed 1b 4 2 1 0 Bolt ss 3 0 0 0

Quentin rf 3 2 0 0 Teahen 2b 4 1 1 0

Aubrey lf 4 1 1 1 Reynolds rf 3 0 1 1

Snyder c 3 0 0 0 D'Antona 3b 4 0 0 0

Quintanilla 2b 3 1 1 0 Simmons 1b 4 1 1 0

Howard 3b 3 0 1 2 Seely dh 4 0 1 1

Hubele dh 4 0 0 1 Horwitz cf 4 0 1 0

Baker ss 3 0 0 0 Coleman lf 4 0 1 0

Fuld cf 4 0 1 0 Kahoalii c 2 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Hendricks ph 0 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Cunningham pr 0 0 0 0

Totals 31 6 5 4 Totals 32 2 6 2

Team USA 400 000 020 -- 6

Peninsula 001 000 100 -- 2

E -- D'Antona, Kahoalii, White. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Team USA 4, Oilers 6. 2B -- Howard, Seely, Reynolds. SB -- Reed, Baker. CS -- Quintanilla, Fuld, Reynolds. S -- Snyder.

IP H R ER BB SO

Team USA

Reyes, W 6 2-3 6 2 1 2 10

Zimmerman 2 1-3 0 0 0 1 0

Oilers

Wing, L 7 4 4 3 2 9

White 1 0 2 0 2 3

Newby 1 1 0 0 0 1

HBP -- by Wing (Quintanilla). WP -- White. PB -- Snyder, Cunningham 2.



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