Oilers earn win against Movers

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2000

The Peninsula Oilers returned to their winning ways Wednesday, downing the Hawaii Island Movers 6-1 at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu.

Stephen Copeland pitched a complete game win, giving up one run on four hits while striking out five and walking one.

Copeland faced three batters in the ninth, getting the leadoff batter to fan before giving up a single.

The Oilers defense came through, though, turning a double play to end the ballgame.

Luke Simmons provided the offensive fireworks, notching a two-run homer to give the Oilers and early 3-1 lead.

The Oilers added three runs in the ninth to secure the win.

The victory came on the heels of the Oilers' second straight loss -- the team's longest losing streak since dropping its first two Alaska Baseball League games of the season -- 4-1 Tuesday.

Peninsula has now won two of five games on its Pacific swing.

While the loss gaves the rest of the ABL a chance to make up some ground on the first-place Oilers, the win put the Island Movers out of the ABL's basement and just ahead of the Anchorage Bucs in the standings.

Marvin Wong earned the win for the Island Movers Tuesday, going seven innings and allowing one run on six hits while striking out four.

Bryce Uegawachi went 3-for-4 for the Movers with two runs scored.

Peninsula did mount some offense, but it came in spurts and the Oilers could push just one run across the plate while stranding nine base runners.

The Oilers will continue their series in Hawaii this evening with a game against the Island Movers at 8 p.m. ADT. The game will be broadcast on 920 AM radio.

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