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All-ABL picks announced

Fire burns Oilers

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2003

The Oilers lost their second straight game at the Wood Bat Invitational, falling to Athletes in Action Fire 4-3 Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Peninsula dropped to 2-2 in the tournament. AIA and the Mat-Su Miners are on top of the standings with 3-1 records, while the Anchorage Glacier Pilots are at 1-3. The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks (2-1) and the Anchorage Bucs (0-3) played late Thursday night.

Thursday's game against Athletes in Action was dominated by the pitchers, except in the fifth inning.

Athletes in Action starter Roger Evenson had thrown four shutout innings while allowing just one hit, but quickly ran into trouble in the top of the fifth inning.

Jimmy Bacon started the inning with a double. After Ben Fritz struck out, Joe Frazee singled to score Bacon. Joe Holland followed with another single, then Dusty Bensko tripled to score Frazee and Holland and give the Oilers a 3-0 lead.

Evenson intentionally walked Brent Lewis, then was lifted in favor of eventual winner Jeff Hanson. Hanson smoothly worked out of the jam, striking out Josh Lex and coaxing Andy Dahl into a ground-out.

Unfortunately for the Oilers, starter and loser Jake Postlewaite also ran out of steam in the fifth inning. With two runners on and two out, Mathew Bogue reached on a crucial error, allowing one of the runs to score. The next batter, Michael Cline, made that mistake even more costly when he ripped a three-run home run to stake AIA to a 4-3 lead.

Hanson threw hitless ball the rest of the way to nail down the win for AIA.

The Oilers will conclude their season today when they play the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at 4 p.m. in the Wood Bat Invitational. The game can be heard on 1140 KSLD.

Goldpanners dominate All-ABL selections

The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks dominated All-Alaska Baseball League voting announced Thursday.

The league-champion Goldpanners are led by Player of the Year Sean Timmons and Coach of the Year Ed Cheff.

Also making the grade for Fairbanks are catcher Tyler Best, first baseman Jeff Culpepper, outfielder Nick Blasi and pitchers Timmons and Jon McCaslin.

Next, with three selections each, are the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Athletes in Action, which, along with Fairbanks, will represent the league at the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Making the team for the Glacier Pilots are outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, designated hitter John Bowker and pitcher Ricky Fairchild.

On the team for AIA are third baseman Cody Montgomery, outfielder Michael Cline and pitcher Wes Letson.

The Peninsula Oilers and the Anchorage Bucs each have two selections. Representing the Oilers are second baseman Joe Holland and pitcher Jake Postlewaite. Appearing for the Bucs are utility player Joe Jacobitz and pitcher Andrew Kown.

Shortstop Josh Mader is the lone selection for the Mat-Su Miners.

There were no unanimous selections.

Thursday

ATHLETES IN ACTION 4, OILERS 3

Oilers AB R H BI AIA AB R H BI

Holland 2b 4 1 1 0 Bogue cf 3 1 1 0

Bensko dh 4 0 1 2 Cline rf 3 1 1 3

Lewis 3b 1 0 0 0 Accardo ss 3 0 1 0

Lex lf 3 0 1 0 Streelman 1b 3 0 1 0

Dahl rf 3 0 0 0 Montgomery 3b 3 0 0 0

Zobeck 1b 3 0 0 0 Blanton dh 3 0 0 0

Bacon ss 3 1 1 0 Abney c 2 1 0 0

Schnbrgr c 1 0 0 0 Wydner 2b 3 1 1 0

Fritz c 2 0 0 0 Victor lf 2 0 0 0

Frazee cf 2 1 1 1 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 26 3 5 3 Totals 25 4 5 3

Peninsula 000 030 0 --3

AIA 000 040 0 --4

E -- Bogue, Montgomery, Bacon 2, Lewis. LOB -- Peninsula 5, AIA 4. 2B -- Bacon. 3B -- Bensko. HR -- Cline. SB -- Abney 2, Wydner.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Postlewaite, L 5 5 4 1 1 6

Bensko 1 0 0 0 0 0

Evenson 4 1-3 5 3 2 3 4

Hanson 2 2-3 0 0 0 0 2

PB -- Abney. BK -- Evenson.



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