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Slump, Bucs stopped here

Oilers snap losing streak with 11-6 victory at home

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

The Peninsula Oilers snapped their seven-game losing streak Sunday, infamous black hats and all, pounding out 16 hits to down the Anchorage Bucs 11-6 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

"It's nice to win one -- it's been a while," said Oilers second baseman Mark Teahen, who contributed two triples and a double to the barrage. "Our bats just came to life. It's nice to start hitting the ball like we can."

The Oilers fell behind in the early innings, trailing 5-1 through the Bucs' half of the fourth inning.

But the home team plated five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead, and the hits just kept on coming after that.

Teahen led off the Oilers' half of the fourth inning with his double and Jamie D'Antona followed with a single.

Luke Simmons drove in a run with his double, Wilton Reynolds scored D'Antona from third with a sacrifice fly, and Justin Seely singled to drive in Simmons.

Will Bolt singled, Seely and Bolt pulled off a double-steal to put two runners in scoring position for Brian Horwitz, who singled with two outs to drive in the final two runs of the inning.

D'Antona doubled to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a single by Seely.

The Oilers got three more runs in the fifth as Horwitz singled with one out and scored on Teahen's second triple of the game.

D'Antona singled to plate Teahen, and Reynolds hit a triple with two outs to drive in D'Antona.

Horwitz doubled and scored on a single by Simmons to round out the Oilers scoring in the eighth inning.

"It was nice to not have a one-run game going into the ninth inning," said Oilers head coach Brian Green. "It's hard to get down on this team. They've played hard all year. It's been frustrating from a results standpoint, but in terms of the process, it's hard to get down because they've worked so hard.

"It's a tribute to these guys that, even with everything that's happened, they continue to battle."

Teahen said a tip from his dad seemed to make the difference for him in the batter's box Sunday.

"He told me to cock my hands a little bit early. I guess it worked out," Teahen said.

Oilers starter Cordell Perkins' earned run average took a hit as the Bucs' six runs on 12 hits in seven innings will inflate the 1.86 ERA Perkins had coming into the game, but the right-handed pitcher did pick up his first win for the Oilers. Perkins walked three and struck out four.

Joey Newby came on in relief in the eighth, extricating himself from a base-loaded jam with strikeout to end the eighth, then getting a pair of fly balls to end the game after walking two batters in the ninth.

"I'm a lot more comfortable," said Newby, a Soldotna product who developed his skills with the American Legion Post 20 team. "I'm a lot better just from being around these guys who all play at a higher level, then to pitch against them is even better."

With the win, the Oilers improve to 10-19 in the Alaska Baseball League and 17-23 overall. The Bucs, meanwhile, are neck-and-neck with the Mat-Su Miners and trying to hold off a late charge from the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks for second-place in the ABL and the second and berth in the National Baseball Congress World Series at the conclusion of the summer season.

The Oilers and Bucs will go at it in the series finale today at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Sunday

OILERS 11, BUCS 6

Bucs ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Schutt cf 4 3 2 1 Horwitz cf 5 2 3 2

Robinson 2b 6 0 2 1 Teahen 2b 5 3 3 1

Crowder 1b 5 0 0 0 D'Antona 3b 4 3 3 2

Wallace c 5 1 3 2 Simmons 1b 5 1 3 2

Topham rf 2 0 2 0 Reynolds rf 4 0 2 1

Ash 3b 4 0 1 1 Seely lf 5 1 2 2

McIntyre dh 4 0 0 0 Bolt ss 4 1 1 0

Carter lf 5 1 2 1 Hendricks dh 4 0 0 0

Hassey ss 4 1 1 0 Cunningham c 3 0 0 0

Hasbrouck ph 1 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Hill cf 0 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 40 6 13 6 Totals 39 11 16 11

Anchorage 210 201 000 -- 6

Peninsula 100 513 01x -- 11

E -- Horwitz. LOB -- Bucs 15, Oilers 7. 2B -- Horwitz, Teahen, D'Antona, Simmons, Schutt, Robinson, Topham, Hassey, Carter. 3B -- Teahen 2, Reynolds. HR -- Carter. SB -- D'Antona, Seely, Bolt, Robinson, Schutt. SF -- Reynolds.

IP H R ER BB SO

Gravelle, L 3 2-3 6 6 6 1 3

Little 2 2-3 8 4 4 0 1

Haskell 1 2 1 1 1 0

Bostick 1 0 0 0 0 1

Oilers

Perkins, W 7 12 6 6 3 4

Newby 2 1 0 0 3 1

HBP -- by Perkins (Crowder), by Newby (Topham). WP -- Perkins 2. Balk -- Perkins. T -- 3:15.



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