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Oilers finally pull out a close game

Peninsula snaps 14-game losing skid in contests decided by two runs or less

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

The Peninsula Oilers snapped a 14-game losing streak in games decided by two runs or less, defeating the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 7-5 Wednesday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The win was the first for the Oilers in a game decided by two runs or less since June 22, when Peninsula topped the Mat-Su Miners 5-4.

After that close win, the Oilers went on a torturous swing of frustrating losses in close games. The peak of the misery came during a nine-game road trip in July on which the Oilers went 1-8, losing all eight by two runs or less.

The close losses doomed Peninsula's chances of picking up a fourth straight Alaska Baseball League title, but through it all head coach Brian Green lauded his team for staying together and putting forth effort despite disappointment.

Wednesday, that effort finally paid off in a close contest. Wilton Reynolds keyed the win with a 3-for-4 evening which included two runs, two RBIs, a double and a triple, while Doug Silva scattered 11 hits for the Oilers to pick up the complete-game victory.

The Oilers grabbed an early lead in the game when Brian Horwitz walked to lead off the bottom of the first, then scored on a double by Jamie D'Antona.

Peninsula pushed the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Mark Teahen singled in Luke Simmons and Jackson Coleman, a graduate of Soldotna High School, singled in Wilton Reynolds.

The Panners finally got on the board against Silva in the top of the fifth, but the Oilers came right back to make the game 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Reynolds doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Coleman.

It wasn't until the top of the seventh that the game started to have a here-we-go-again-type feel to it. In that inning, the Panners came back to make the game 4-4.

However, Peninsula responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh inning. After Jeff Dragicevich scored on an error, Reynolds had the most important hit of the game when his two-out triple scored Will Bolt and Simmons.

Fairbanks struck for a run in the ninth, but Silva steadied himself and wouldn't let the Oilers become victim to yet another comeback.

Peninsula, which improved to 11-20 in the ABL and 18-24 overall with the victory, will play the Goldpanners again tonight at 6 p.m. at Seymour Park. Friday, the Oilers will face the Panners at 6 p.m. in their last home game of the season.

OILERS 7, GOLDPANNERS 5

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Perez lf 3 1 0 0 Horwitz lf 3 1 0 0

Strain 2b 5 1 2 1 Seely dh 1 0 1 0

Tugwell ss 5 0 3 2 Bolt ph 3 1 1 0

Leathers 1b 4 0 0 1 D'Antona 3b 4 0 1 1

Keefener rf 5 0 1 0 Simmons 1b 4 2 2 0

Rebout dh 4 1 0 0 Reynolds rf 4 2 3 2

Long cf 3 1 2 0 Teahen 2b 4 0 2 1

Dawkins 3b 1 0 0 1 Coleman cf 2 0 1 2

Robinson ph 2 0 1 0 Kahoalii c 3 0 0 0

Spencer c 4 1 2 0 Dragicevich ss 4 1 1 0

Totals 36 5 11 5 Totals 32 7 12 6

Alaska 000 010 301 -- 5

Peninsula 100 201 300 -- 7

E -- Reynolds, Spencer 2. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Goldpanners 9, Oilers 6. 2B -- Reynolds, D'Antona, Tugwell 2, Spencer. 3B -- Reynolds, Long. SB -- Long. S -- Horwitz, Kahoalii. SF -- Coleman, Leathers, Dawkins.

IP H R ER BB SO

Panners

Felton 6 9 4 4 1 4

Horner, L 1 3 3 2 0 0

Logan 1 0 0 0 0 1

Oilers

Silva, W 9 11 5 4 2 4

HBP -- by Silva (Perez), by Logan (Coleman). WP -- Silva. PB -- Kahoalii. T -- 2:30. A -- 300.



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