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Oilers nip Miners in 10 innings

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Peninsula’s Andy Preston connected for a single to shallow left field, driving in the winning run as the Oilers defeated the Mat-Su Miners 4-3 Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

With the win, the Oilers, 17-10 in Alaska Baseball league play, extend their league lead to 1 1/2 games over the Anchorage Bucs (15-11), who, along with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, were idle Wednesday.

The Miners (16-13) fall to two games behind the Oilers, while the Pilots (11-12) are now three games back.

In Wednesday’s other ABL game, the AIA Alaska Fire defeated the Alaska Goldpanners 4-3. The Panners (11-13) fall to 4 1/2 games back, while the Fire (8-21) are 10 games back.

In Wednesday’s game, the Oilers trailed the Miners by a run, 2-1, entering the bottom of the eighth inning. Jake Kahaulelio hit a one-out double, hustling into second as the Miners were lackadaisical in getting the ball back into the infield. Kahaulelio took third on a wild pitch. After David Newby drew a two-out walk and stole second, Brian Van Kirk, with a three-ball, two-strike count, singled up the middle to plate Kahaulelio and Newby, giving the Oilers a 3-2 lead.

The Miners got one run back in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Daniel Magness off Oilers closer Taylor Bills to force extra innings.

Bills allowed a single in the top of the 10th, but the Oilers turned their second double-play of the game to end the inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Matt Clark drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Kahaulelio. The Miners issued an intentional walk to Omar Padilla, then switched pitchers, pulling Mark Grbavac in favor of Craig Benningson.

Mat-Su was able to force out Clark at third for the second out as Newby hit into a fielder’s choice, but a walk to Van Kirk loaded the bases for Preston’s walk-off single.

While Bills picked up the win, Oilers starter Ryan Mottern had a dandy outing, giving up two unearned runs on four hits in eight innings of work. Mottern struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.

Equally impressive was Miners starter David Gruener, who gave up one run on three hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Oilers first run of the game came in the fourth inning, when Van Kirk singled, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Preston. Van Kirk scored on a double to right field by Rocky Laguna.

The Oilers will wrap up their series with the Miners tonight at 6 at Seymour Park.

Oilers 4, Miners 3, 10 inn.

Miners ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Coulter 2b 5 1 1 0 Kahlelio ss 3 1 1 0

August lf 3 0 0 1 Padilla 2b 3 1 1 0

Ercolano cf 2 1 0 1 Newby cf 3 1 0 0

Brown rf 4 0 0 0 Van Kirk rf 4 1 2 2

Magnss 1b 4 0 1 1 Preston 1b 5 0 1 1

Gran ss 4 0 1 0 Laguna lf 4 0 1 1

Milleville c 4 0 0 0 Yount 3b 4 0 0 0

Krenke dh 4 1 1 0 Masuda c 4 0 0 0

Poncino 3b 3 2 0 0 Clark dh 3 0 0 0

Totals 33 3 4 3 Totals 33 4 6 4

Mat-Su 001 001 001 0 — 3

Peninsula 000 100 020 1 — 4

E — Padilla, Gran. DP — Oilers 2. LOB — Miners 4, Oilers 7. SB — Van Kirk, Gran, Newby. CS — Padilla, Laguna. 2B — Laguna, Kahaulelio, Van Kirk, Magness. 3B — Krenke. S — August, Kahaulelio. SF — Ercolano.

ip h r er bb so

Miners

Gruener 7 3 1 1 2 5

Grbavac, L 2 1/3 2 3 3 2 2

Benningson 0 1 0 0 1 0

Oilers

Mottern 8 4 2 0 0 10

Bills, W 2 2 1 0 1 1

Benningson pitched to three batters in the 10th. Two out when winning run scored.

PB — Masuda 3. WP — Grbavac.



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