Monday: Merchants complete sweep of Oilers

  • By Staff Report
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 12:02am
  • Sports

The Everett (Washington) Merchants completed a three-game sweep of the Peninsula Oilers on Monday in nonleague baseball action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, and Merchants head coach Harold Pyatte didn’t have to make one call to the bullpen the entire series.

Brandon Boyle became the third-straight Everett pitcher to throw a complete game, holding the Oilers to four hits and a run while walking none and striking out eight. Boyle had to throw just 77 pitches to get through the game.

The series started Saturday, with Merchants starter Cody Culp giving up eight hits in a 2-1 victory. Then on Sunday, starter Ben Ruff gave up just one hit in a 1-0 victory.

Like Ruff, Boyle is a pitcher with professional experience. The Merchants website says he saw time with the Moose Lake Rattlesnakes this season, pitching 10 2-3 innings and having an ERA of 3.37.

Oilers starter Josh Medeles was able to match Boyle on the mound. Medeles pitched the first seven innings and yielded just two hits and no runs while walking two and striking out three.

Medeles got a big boost in the sixth inning, when Ryan Sells singled with Jaykob Sells on second base, but right fielder Billy Wilson was able to cut down Jaykob Sells at home.

The Oilers were able to use that momentum in the bottom half of the sixth with a two-out rally. Jim Galusky started the charge with a single, then Bennett Oliver was finally able to make the Merchants outfielders pay for playing so shallow when he doubled to the wall to score Oliver.

Reliever Sean Michel came on in the eighth for the home team but could not hold the lead.

Ruff did not switch solely to pitching until his senior year in college, and that showed when the designated hitter led off the inning with a single. After a sacrifice put him at second, Ruff scored on a single by Ty Holm. Ryan Sells, who had three of the nine hits in the entire game, then tripled to bring home what would be the winning run.

Travis Holden pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Oilers.

The Merchants are now 12-3 overall, while the Oilers fall to 5-7.

The Oilers take a pair of days off before the Seattle Studs come to town for nonleague games at Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.

Monday

Merchants 2, Oilers 1

Mrchts AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

JSls cf 2 0 0 0 Wshm 2b 4 0 1 0

Holm rf 3 1 1 1 Glsy ss 4 1 1 0

RSls lf 4 0 3 1 Olvr 1b 4 0 1 1

Mdla c 4 0 0 0 Flks cf 4 0 0 0

Lvn 1b 4 0 0 0 Diaz dh 3 0 1 0

Pbbl 2b 4 0 0 0 Bke 3b 3 0 0 0

Mlne ss 3 0 0 0 Hrsn c 3 0 0 0

Hrsh 3b 3 0 0 0 Sfrt lf 3 0 0 0

Ruff dh 3 1 1 0 Wlsn rf 3 0 0 0

Totals 30 2 5 2 Totals 31 1 4 1

Everett 000 000 020 —2

Peninsula 000 001 000 —1

2B ­— Oliver. 3B — RSells. S — JSells, Holm. SB — Diaz. E — Boeke. LOB — Merchants , Oilers 3.

IP H R ER BB SO

Merchants

Boyle, W 9 4 1 1 0 8

Oilers

Medeles 7 2 0 0 2 3

Michel, L 1 3 2 2 0 0

Holden 1 0 0 0 0 2

WP — Medeles. HBP — by Medeles (Hirsch).

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