The Peninsula Oilers came through with another clutch victory Tuesday, rallying for a 10-inning, 5-4 Alaska Baseball League win over the visiting Mat-Su Miners at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
Garrett Schoenberger delivered the winning hit, driving in Jimmy Bacon from second base with a single to right field. Bacon never hesitated around third, beating the throw to the plate.
Bacon was on second as a pinch runner for Paul John Zobeck after Zobeck hit a one-out double to deep center field to start the rally.
The Oilers are now 12-12 in ABL play and will face the Miners today in the series finale at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
Oilers reliever Mike Ekstrom earned the win for three innings of shutout baseball. Chad Decker got the start, going five innings, and Kris Gawriluk threw two innings of scoreless relief before giving way to Ekstrom with two runners on base in the top of the eighth.
The Miners drew first blood, touching up Decker for two runs in the first and two more in the second inning. Mat-Su pounded out six hits in the first two frames and was aided by four walks issued by Decker.
The Oilers started chipping away in the bottom of the second, though. Zobeck hit a two-out single just out of the reach of Miners second baseman Joey Hooft, and Andy Dahl followed with a single up the middle. Hooft got to the ball on the edge of the outfield grass behind second base, but had no play.
Schoenberger then stepped to the plate and delivered a single to right field, scoring Zobeck from second. The throw to the plate from right field went astray, allowing Dahl to score as well.
The Oilers cut the Miners lead to one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Josh Lex showed the importance of running out everything to lead off the inning, reaching first safely when Hooft dropped a pop fly in the swirling wind.
Lex advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ben Fritz and scored on a single by Zobeck.
The Oilers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh as Joe Holland led off with a double down the left-field line. Holland took third on a wild pitch as David Uribes drew a walk, then scored on a ground-out to first by Brent Lewis.
The Oilers dodged a bullet in the top of the eighth inning as the Miners put runners on second and third with none out, chasing Gawriluk.
Ekstrom came on in relief, and the first Miners batter he faced failed to execute a squeeze bunt. Schoenberger, the Oilers catcher, chased down the runner trying to score from third on the play, and Ekstrom retired the next two batters with a strikeout and a groundout to first to end the threat.
Schoenberger finished with two hits and two runs batted in for the Oilers. Holland also had two hits, as did Dahl, and Zobeck finished with three hits, one run and an RBI.
OILERS 5, MINERS 4, 10 inn.
Miners ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi
Young lf 5 0 2 0 Holland 2b 5 1 2 0
Butts cf 5 2 2 1 Uribes ss 3 0 0 0
Lowrie 3b 4 1 0 0 Lewis 3b 5 0 0 1
Beglin dh 4 0 0 0 Lex lf 4 1 1 0
Inouye c 5 0 2 3 Fritz dh 4 0 1 0
Hooft 2b 4 0 0 0 Zobeck 1b 5 1 3 1
Isabella rf 3 0 2 0 Dahl rf 4 1 2 0
Turner 1b 4 0 0 0 Schoenberger c 3 0 2 2
Mader 3b 5 1 3 0 Frazee cf 3 0 0 0
--- - - - - Bacon pr 0 1 0 0
Totals 39 4 11 4 Totals 36 5 11 4
Mat-Su 220 000 000 0 -- 4
Peninsula 020 001 100 1 -- 5
E -- Isabella, Hooft. DP -- Miners 2. LOB -- Miners 9, Oilers 9. 2B -- Inouye, Holland, Mader, Zobeck. SB -- Butts, Schoenberger, Lex 2, Fritz, Uribes. CS -- Turner. S -- Fritz, Dahl.
IP H R ER BB SO
Kline 6 1-3 7 3 1 1 6
Heil, L 3 4 2 2 2 0
Decker 5 8 4 4 5 4
Gawriluk 2 2 0 0 1 1
Ekstrom, W 3 1 0 0 0 2
HBP -- by Heil (Lex, Dahl). WP -- Heil, Ekstrom. PB -- Inouye.
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