With stellar pitching and plenty of offense, the Peninsula Oilers came back from a three-run deficit to defeat the Alaska Baseball League-leading Mat-Su Miners 8-3 Thursday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
The Oilers will return home today to face the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. The Oilers will play the Pilots again Saturday at 7 p.m.
Steven Wright started Thursday's game on the mound for the Oilers and retired 13 straight batters before the Miners were able to rough him up for three runs in the fifth. Wright struck out seven in his five innings of work and did not issue a walk.
Pat Cassa came on for four hitless innings of relief work, walking one and striking out six.
The Oilers' comeback began in the top of the seventh inning when Rocky Laguna hit an RBI single, Patrick Rooney drove in a run with a bunt hit and Robert Perry hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Joey Hendricks hit an RBI single in the top of the eighth to give the Oilers a 4-3 lead, and Patrick Rooney contributed another RBI base hit in the frame.
The Oilers padded their lead with three runs in the ninth as Nick Kliebert stole third and scored when the Mat-Su catcher's throw went into the outfield. Nathan Faulkner and Hendricks also had RBI singles.
The Oilers finished the game with 15 hits, all of them singles.
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