The visiting Peninsula Oilers split a doubleheader with the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Sunday in Alaska Baseball League play, winning the first game 2-1 before falling 5-1.
The Oilers are at 8-4 in the league and remain in first place. The Chinooks are at 4-5. The Oilers stay on the road today to face the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at 7:10 p.m. today. Friday’s postponed game against the Pilots will now be played at 7:10 p.m. on July 11 at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Oilers got a great start from Tevin Murray in the first game. Murray went five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while walking two and striking out seven. Tre Brown got the win when the Oilers rallied late, going two innings and giving up a run on four hits while walking none and striking out three.
The Oilers jumped on top 1-0 in the fifth when Matthew Kirk singled, then Bryan Woo had a two-out double.
The Chinooks came back to tie it in the sixth, but the Oilers mounted the winning rally in the seventh. With one away, Grant Wood doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a sac fly by Calvin Farris.
Wood led the five-hit attack for the Oilers by going 2 for 3.
In the second game, the Oilers committed three errors in falling. Starter Noah Owen went 3 2-3 innings and gave up six hits and five runs, but only three were earned. Ryan Silva finished up with 2 1-3 scoreless innings.
The Chinooks led 2-0 after three innings. In the top of the fourth, Ryan Koch led off with a home run for the Oilers, but Chugiak-Eagle River scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to once again take control.
Evan Berkey was 2 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to five games, while Koch also was 2 for 3.