Oilers lose NBC opener

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2007

The Maxim (Calif.) Yankees pounded out 13 hits, three each coming from Brendan Domaracki and Daniel Terpak, in defeating the Peninsula Oilers, 8-5, Thursday night in the second round of the National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kas.

The Yankees beat the Vienna (Va.) Senators, 5-2, on Wednesday, earning the right to play the Oilers, who, as the lone representative of the Alaska Baseball League, received a bye in the first round.

Despite losing and leaving 10 runners on base, the Oilers still move on in the double-elimination tournament as they play the Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings at 7:30 a.m. today.

Oilers' starter Matt Thomson, who threw 15 pitches in one hitless inning of work in the Oilers' regular season finale on Tuesday night, lasted only four innings Thursday, scattering six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out six.

But Yankees' starter David Stringer wasn't much better, surrendering three runs on eight hits through 4 2/3 innings.

It was Maxim's offense that took control of the game — and early.

After retiring the first batter of the game on only two pitches, Thomson found himself in immediate trouble.

Gabe Alcantar's single to right field scored Domaracki, who doubled, for an early 1-0 advantage. A single by Terpak moved Alcantar to third and he scored when second baseman Kyle Melton fielded John Allman's grounder, but misplayed the ensuing throw to second base.

Another error by shortstop Joel Weeks — playing in his first game as an Oiler — allowed Terpak to come home for a 3-0 edge.

But it didn't take long for the Oilers to storm back.

They trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the first when newcomer Justin Mitchell (3-for-4, walk, two stolen bases) opened the frame with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Melton and scored on a standup double by Toby Davis.

David Genoa then made it 3-2 when he reached first on a fielder's choice, took second on a single back up the middle by Steve Goins and slid safely into home on Mitchell's second base hit of the game.

The offensive surge continued in the third as Davis walked and quickly tied the game at 3-3 on a double by Michael Dabbs.

Thomson, meanwhile, recovered quickly following the rough first inning — which he finished by catching Steve Bioschofski looking at strike three — cruising through the second and third, fanning four of the next six batters he faced, including Domaracki, who jumped ahead in the count 3-and-0 before going down swinging.

But once again, he hit trouble in the fourth when he surrendered four, two-out runs on four singles (Allman, John Shaffer, Nathan Young, Domaracki) and his first walk of the ballgame to Jeff Van Doornum.

Two more newcomers, Matt Peck (two innings, three hits, one run) and Sam Jones held the hot Yankees' bats in check, Peck allowing the only run when his outing began with a single to Terpak, who later scored on a fielder's choice by Geoff Klein.

The Oilers scored their fourth run in the fifth inning when Melton singled and scampered to second on a throwing error by Young. One out later he came around on a ground out by Davis.

But Yankees' reliever Onan Masoaka quieted the Oilers' offense for the most part, throwing 4 1-3 innings of one-run relief.

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