The Peninsula Oilers were able to shut down the league-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots through 11 innings Wednesday in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
Unfortunately for the Oilers, the game went into the 12th inning, when the Glacier Pilots struck for five runs to win 5-0, improving to 19-10 in ABL play.
The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, 12-7 winners over the Mat-Su Miners Wednesday, maintain their lock on second place with a 16-11 record in league play, two games behind the Glacier Pilots.
The loss, Peninsula's fourth straight, knocks the Oilers down to 11-16 in ABL play, seven games behind the Glacier Pilots and five behind the Panners, with eight games left in the regular season.
The Oilers play their final home game of the season tonight at 7. Admission will be free in observance of Fan Appreciation Night.
The top two teams from the league play in the National Baseball Congress World Series.
Marshall Boze was impressive through 7 1-3 scoreless innings for the Oilers, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out two.
Noel Clark picked up the ball in relief, keeping the Pilots off the scoreboard until the top of the 12th. Adrian Schau relieved Clark after a pair of one-out singles and got a fly ball for out No. 2, but Anchorage's Tommy Caple doubled to drive in two runs.
Pratt Haas drew a walk and Drew Anderson tripled to drive in two more runs, then scored on a wild pitch.
Oilers pitcher Cordell Perkins came on to record the final out of the inning, but the margin proved too great for the Oilers to make up in the bottom of the inning.
Sean Warlop threw nine scoreless innings for the Pilots, and Mike Dennison picked up the win for his 2 1-3 innings of relief work.
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