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Oilers close season

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

The Peninsula Oilers wrapped up their season Friday with a 1-0 loss to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the final day of competition at the Bucs Wood Bat Invitational.

The Oilers finish the tournament with a 2-3 record, behind the tournament champion Mat-Su Miners and Goldpanners, both 4-1, and Athletes in Action, 3-2. The Anchorage Glacier Pilots also were 2-3 and the Bucs went 0-5.

The Oilers finish with an overall record of 25-26 after dropping their last three games at the Wood Bat tournament. Peninsula was 17-18 in Alaska Baseball League play, finishing in fourth place overall, five games behind the Goldpanners.

Dusty Bensko was the lone Oilers played named to the all-tournament team, making the squad as the designated hitter.

Friday's seven-inning game was scoreless through 6 1-2 innings, when a brief hailstorm halted play with two outs and the bases loaded with the Goldpanners at bat in the bottom of the seventh.

When play resumed, Fairbanks' James Guerrero lined a single off Oilers reliever Chad Decker, scoring the winning run from third.

The Oilers notched only two hits in the game, a one-out single by catcher Ben Fritz in the fourth and a single by shortstop Jimmy Bacon to lead off the fifth.

The Oilers were able to push a runner as far as third base just once in the contest. After Bacon led off the fifth with a single, Frazee reached on a fielder's choice as the Goldpanners were able to cut down Bacon. Frazee stole second and advanced to third on an error by the Fairbanks catcher.

The Oilers couldn't get Frazee home, though, as Peninsula batters hit a pair of foul pop flies, sandwiched around a walk by Bensko, to end the inning.

Oilers starting pitcher Tim Gorski went six innings, shutting out the Panners while scattering three hits. Reliever Decker was tagged for the loss after giving up two hits and a pair of walks, one of them intentional.

Friday

GOLDPANNERS 1, OILERS 0

Oilers ab r h bi Panners ab r h bi

Holland 2b 3 0 0 0 Blasi cf 3 0 0 0

Bensko 1b 1 0 0 0 Rodriquez 3b 3 0 0 0

Lewis 3b 3 0 0 0 Bruce ss 3 1 1 0

Lex lf 3 0 0 0 Frostad 1b 3 0 0 0

Fritz c 3 0 1 0 BEDavis c 3 0 1 0

Dahl rf 2 0 0 0 Ortiz dh 2 0 0 0

Zobeck dh 1 0 0 0 Strankman rf 2 0 1 0

Bacon ss 3 0 1 0 Guerrero 2b 2 0 2 1

Frazee cf 3 0 0 0 Matteucci lf 2 0 0 0

Totals 22 0 2 0 Totals 23 1 5 1

Peninsula 000 000 0 0

Alaska 000 000 1 1

E Strankman, BEDavis. DP Oilers 1. LOB Oilers 6, Goldpanners 4. SB Frazee. S Guerrero.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Gorski 6 3 0 0 0 0

Decker, L 2-3 2 1 1 2 0

Goldpanners

BADavis 5 2 0 0 3 3

Aselton 1 0 0 0 0 1

Allen, W 1 0 0 0 1 0

HBP by BADavis (Zobeck).



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