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Oilers' extra effort fails again

Peninsula has lost seven straight additional-inning ballgames

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Staff report

A tough season got even tougher for the Peninsula Oilers Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Oilers dropped a 6-3 decision to the Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League action. Peninsula dropped to 10-20 in the ABL and 17-24 overall.

The defeat also dropped the Oilers to 2-7 in extra-inning ballgames this season, and also was the seventh straight time Peninsula lost a game that went past nine innings.

The last time the Oilers won an extra-inning ballgame was on June 18, when they defeated the Bucs 8-7 in 11 innings.

The shoe was on the other foot Monday as the Bucs picked up a key win in their neck-and-neck race with the Mat-Su Miners to represent the ABL at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

The Anchorage Glacier Pilots have already clinched first place in the ABL and a trip to Kansas. However, the Bucs and Miners are fighting a close battle for second place and the second and final NBC berth.

The Miners started a three-game series with Athletes in Action Tuesday, while the Bucs are done with their league schedule. The Miners need to win at least two of the three games to make it to the NBC.

If the Miners sweep AIA, they get in the NBC because they'll finish with a better record than the Bucs. If the Miners take two from AIA, they'll tie the Bucs and get in the NBC due to their 5-2 head-to-head record against the Bucs.

If the Bucs do make their way to the NBC tournament, they'll probably look back on the ninth and 10th innings Monday against the Oilers as one of the biggest reasons they're headed to Kansas.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Oilers took a 3-2 lead when Luke Simmons doubled with one out and Justin Seely drove in Simmons with a two-out single.

However, the Bucs were able to come right back in the ninth inning. Walter Omstead and Brad Hassey started off the inning with walks, then both were bunted up a base by Doug Schutt. Levi Robinson then hit a sacrifice fly to score the tying run.

The Oilers immediately came back hunting for the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Trey Hendricks walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then moved up to third when Brian Horwitz grounded out for the second out of the inning.

Mark Teahen and Jamie D'Antona walked bringing up Simmons, who leads the Oilers with a .343 batting average. However, Simmons struck out looking to set up extra innings.

The first two Bucs batters grounded out in the 10th, but Anchorage came up with a two-out rally as four of the next five hitters singled to open the floodgates.

Trey Hendricks took the loss for the Oilers, throwing two innings and yielding three runs. Jeff Francis, who pitched the Bucs out of the ninth inning and pitched a perfect 10th inning, recorded the win.

The Oilers close out their home schedule with three games against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks. The games are today, Thursday and Friday and start at 6 p.m., with radio coverage on 1140 AM.

BUCS 6, OILERS 3, 10 inn.

Bucs AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Schutt cf 5 0 2 2 Horwitz cf 5 1 2 0

Robinson 2b 3 1 0 1 Teahen 2b 3 0 2 1

Crowder dh 4 0 1 1 D'Antona 3 0 0 1

Wallace c 5 1 0 0 Simmons 3b 4 1 1 0

Topham 1b 5 0 2 0 Reynolds rf 5 0 0 0

Carter lf 2 0 1 1 Seely lf 5 0 1 1

Hill ph 1 1 1 0 Bolt ss 5 0 1 0

Ash 3b 2 0 0 0 Kahoalii c 4 1 1 0

McIntyre ph 2 1 1 0 Hendricks dh 3 0 0 0

Omstead rf 3 1 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Haskell ph 1 1 1 1 ---- -- -- -- --

Hassey ss 2 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 35 6 9 6 Totals 37 3 8 3

Anchorage 000 100 101 3 -- 6

Peninsula 002 000 010 0 -- 3

E -- Olsen, Ash, Bolt 2. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Oilers 10, Bucs 11. 2B -- Crowder, Simmons, Horwitz. SB -- Schutt 2. CS -- Hassey, Hill. S -- Schutt. SF -- Robinson, Carter, D'Antona.

IP H R ER BB SO

Olsen 7 6 2 2 2 9

Finch 1 2-3 2 1 1 1 2

Francis, W 1 1-3 0 0 0 2 2

Oilers

Dayley 7 5 2 1 4 7

Hendricks, L 2 4 3 3 1 0

White 1 0 1 1 3 1

HBP -- by Dayley (Robinson). WP -- Finch. PB -- Kahoalii 2. T -- 3:50. A -- 400.



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