Oilers resume play in tourney this morning

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008

The Peninsula Oilers look to continue their successful run at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., today when they take on the Crestwood Panthers of Illinois at 7:15 a.m. Alaska time.

The game, the Oilers third in the tournament after winning on Sunday and Tuesday, can be heard on 1140 AM.

Peninsula, which finished third in the Alaska Baseball League standings, needs five more wins to capture their fourth NBC World Series title, the last coming in 1994.

The Oilers on Sunday pounded out 14 hits in an 11-1, seven-inning romp of the Southern California Bombers.

Joe Gardner, likely to start today against the Panthers, tossed six innings of four-hit ball, while Nick Ciolli, who joined Peninsula from the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in his first game with the club.

Also for the Oilers, second baseman Vince Belnome was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, center fielder Tre Dennis went 2-for-4 and catcher Francis Larson also was 2-for-4 and reached base four times.

On Tuesday, the Oilers responded from giving up five runs in the top of the eighth with five runs of their own in the bottom half en route to an 11-7 win over the Clarinda A's of Iowa.

Leading 6-2 entering the eighth, the Oilers finally escaped the inning trailing by one.

And as they have all season, they persevered in the final frames.

Dennis and Belnome walked and Ciolli singled to load the bases. A walk to designated hitter Kawika Emsley-Pai tied the game at seven and another free pass to Brian McConkey, another Peninsula pickup, staked the Oilers to an 8-7 edge. A double by Larson brought in three more runs.

and Peninsula held on for the win, remaining in the winner's bracket and earning two days off, a crucial bonus in the double elimination tournament.

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