Oilers win at NBC

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007

Coming off a dramatic 16 1/2 inning loss in their regular season finale Tuesday night, the Peninsula Oilers headed to Wichita, Kas. the following day for the start of the 2007 National Baseball Congress World Series.

They're first game didn't begin until about 11 p.m. CST Thursday, and when they finally lost 8-5 to the Maxim (Calif.) Yankees, it was nearly 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

"We had eight hours to eat, sleep, get back up for breakfast and then go play again," Peninsula manager Daniel Boyle said via cell phone. "That speaks for itself."

It couldn't have been too much of a distraction, though. The resiliency the Oilers have demonstrated throughout the season was on display again Friday morning as they overcame an early two-run deficit in defeating the Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings, 7-4, ensuring their season lives on for at least one more game.

It's no wonder Boyle believes his team has a good chance to continue advancing.

"Our hitting's starting to come around. We're doing things we thought we'd do all summer," he explained. "If we can pitch and play defense, it's what wins."

Peninsula will play the Vienna (Va.) Senators at 2 p.m. today for the right to move on in the double-elimination tournament.

"Seeing all the talent, there's still a couple of teams who haven't played, I think we have a great chance," he said. After pounding out 9 hits and storming back from an early 3-0 hole in the tough setback to the Yankees on Thursday, the Oilers picked up right where they left off.

Third baseman Toby Davis was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Nick Buss was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs and newcomers Joel Weeks and Ryan Davis went a combined 4-for-9 with two RBIs in leading an offensive assault that included 10 more hits and six stolen bases.

"We're not only hitting the ball — we have been for the most part of summer," Boyle said. "We did a good job getting hits. But we're also executing in situations — doing the right things, doing baseball things that allow you to win."

Another major reason the Oilers are still playing baseball is because of the consistency of their bullpen, which contributed five solid innings of four-hit ball against the Cotton Kings on Friday.

Hiarali Garcia earned the victory after relieving starter Christian Kowalchuck (four innings, five hits, three runs, none earned) and allowing no runs on only two hits with a strike out and a walk.

Newcomer Peyton Tweddale, formerly of the Athletes in Action Fire, added one hitless inning and Joey Haug closed the game, scattering one run on two hits over two innings.

"Our bullpen's huge," Boyle said. "It's been huge for us all summer."

Tyler Fleming will take the hill today for the Oilers, hoping to build off his last start, the best of the season for the tall right-hander.

Fleming pitched a complete-game, one hitter in leading the Oilers to a 2-0 victory over the Fire on Sunday, July 29.

"I expect him, if he's on his game, he can dominate (today)," Boyle said.

Falling behind 3-1 after the first inning Friday, the Oilers knotted the game with two runs in the second and added two more in each of the fifth and sixth innings. The Cotton Kings trimmed the deficit to three with a run in the bottom of the ninth, but that's as close as they would get.

After the wild conclusion to the regular season, a long plane trip and two games in span of roughly 12 hours, Saturday was a much-needed day off for the Oilers.

"Our guys, they're tough," Boyle said. "They're real tough."

Oilers 7, Cotton Kings 4

Oilers AB R H BI Kings AB R H BI

Mitchell lf 2 2 0 0 Harshman lf 3 0 0 0

Melton 2b 4 0 1 1 Schneider ph 1 0 0 0

Buss cf 5 2 3 1 Murphy cf 4 1 2 1

T. Davis 3b 3 1 2 3 Cook 2b 2 1 2 0

Dabbs rf 4 0 0 0 Brown ph 2 0 0 0

Mejia dh 2 1 0 0 DeVito dh 4 0 1 0

Weeks ss 4 1 2 1 Busani 1b 3 1 0 0

R. Davis 1b 5 0 2 1 Buckmore 3b 4 0 2 1

Price c 5 0 0 0 Rosales ss 2 0 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Kendall ph 2 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Balich c 2 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Hall ph 1 1 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Via rf 4 0 0 0

Totals 34 7 10 7 Totals 34 4 9 2

Peninsula 120 022 000 —7 10 3

Casa Grande 300 000 001 —4 9 0

E — Buss, R. Davis, Price. DP — Oilers 1, Cotton Kings 2. LOB — Oilers 11, Cotton Kings 8. 2B — T. Davis, Buckmore. S — Balich. SF — T. Davis. SB — Mitchell (2), Melton, Buss (2), Mejia, Hall.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Kowalchuck 4 5 3 0 0 2

Garcia, W (1-0) 2 2 0 0 1 1

Tweddale 1 0 0 0 0 0

Haug 2 2 1 1 1 2

Cotton Kings

Leura, L (0-1) 4 1/3 7 5 5 3 2

Whitley 1 1/3 2 2 2 1 1

Majlinger 1 1/3 0 0 0 2 0

DeVito 2 1 0 0 2 0

HBP — Mitchell (by Leura), Mejia (by Leura), Schneider (by Haug), Cook (by Kowalchuck).



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