Oilers move closer to ABL title

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2000

The Peninsula Oilers wrapped up their seven-game series against the Hawaii Island Movers with a 7-1 win at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu Friday.

The Oilers got on the board right away, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning with an RBI infield single by Hunter Brown and an unearned run scored by Jeremy Reed courtesy of a throwing error by the Movers' pitcher.

Peninsula added three more runs in the top of the third inning when Luke Simmons singled, Brown singled and John Kaye reached on a fielder's choice, loading the bases due to another Movers' error. Simmons scored on the error, and after Randall Shelley struck out swinging, Jim Anderson doubled to center field to plate two more Oilers runs.

Peninsula added one run in the sixth when Jackson Coleman was hit by a pitch, stole second and then third and scored on a Reed ground out to first.

Oilers' Joe Hietpas drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to help pad the Peninsula lead.

Ryan Prahm got the start for the Oilers, going four innings and giving up one run on two hits, striking out two and walking six.

Brian Tarajack picked up the win for his two innings of scoreless relief work, striking out two. Philip Tribe struck out two and walked one in two innings of work, and David Humen pitched the ninth, striking out two batters to end the game.

The Oilers are now a league-leading 18-7 in the Alaska Baseball League.

The squad returns home to Coral Seymour Memorial Park for its final series of the season, a four-game set with the second-place Mat-Su Miners. Game one is today at 2 p.m.

Then on Thursday, the Oilers travel to Anchorage for the Bucs Wood Bat Invitational.

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