Peninsula Oilers shortstop Bryce Begell makes the throw to first during a 7-5 loss to Mat-Su Friday night in Palmer. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Peninsula Oilers shortstop Bryce Begell makes the throw to first during a 7-5 loss to Mat-Su Friday night in Palmer. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Oilers drop 3rd straight in loss to Miners

The current eight-game road trip has not gone to plan for the Peninsula Oilers, who capped it with a 7-5 loss to the league-leading Mat-Su Miners Friday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The third consecutive loss dropped the Oilers (19-19) further behind in the race for the top spot, 4 1/2 games behind the Miners (23-14) in the Alaska Baseball League standings. The Anchorage Bucs (19-17) won Friday to remain 3 1/2 behind the Miners in second.

The loss also wrapped up the season series against the Miners at 4-7 this summer, after starting 2-0 against the two-time defending ABL champs.

The Oilers return home Tuesday for a six-game homestand against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots to wrap up the regular season. The top four in the ABL qualify for the postseason, with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 and 3 seeds squaring off in best-of-three series.

The recent slump left the Oilers at .500 for the first time since game two of the season on June 8. Their record sat as high as 11-4 on June 21, but the team has gone 8-15 since.

Part of the drop in winning has come due to a sluggish offense, one that has averaged just 2.25 runs over the eight-game road series.

Friday in Palmer, the Miners jumped on the Oilers quickly, scoring three runs in the first inning and grabbing a 5-0 lead after two. Kona Quiggle got things going with an RBI double, and Aaron Walters followed him with a run-scoring single and Danny Wright added a run on a sac fly.

Caleb Van Blake reached base in the bottom of the second on a hit-by-pitch, then moved to third on a Henson double and scored on an infield error by Oilers shortstop Bryce Begell on a grounder by Nick Brooks. Walters singled in a run later.

The Oilers finally got on the board in the third with an RBI double by Zack Zalesky, but the Miners got it back with a run in the bottom of the frame.

The Oilers made strides by cutting the lead to 6-4 in the top of the fifth, starting with an RBI single by Zalesky, who finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Begell and Grant Wood also finished with two hits each.

Chad Bible and Wood continued the rally with a pair of run-scoring singles, but Ryan Koch ended the rally by grounding into a double play.

Michael Yourg notched another Oilers run in the seventh on an RBI single, but that would be the final tally.

Tevin Murray took the loss on the mound with three innings and six runs (four earned) given up. Murray, an incoming Rutgers junior, whiffed three but allowed four walks and six hits to drop his ERA to 4.55 this summer.

Andrew Lopez gave up a run on two hits in two frames of relief, and Tre Brown and Calvin Farris finished the job with three combined innings of scoreless relief.

More in Sports

Kenai Central High School and Nikiski Middle/High School’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate teams stand together for a photo after the first in-person match by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teams on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Nikiski Middle/High School in Nikiski, Alaska. In the back from left to right is Koen Pace, Cody Good, Kage Adkins, Levi Kimbell, Lincoln Kimbell and Taisei Horiyasu. In front is Silas Thibodeau. (Photo provided by Kenai Central Esports)
Peninsula has 1st in-person esports match

Only one week remains for the regular esports season, and local teams… Continue reading

Snow falls on a fog-covered Beluga Lake on Thursday<ins>, March 30, 2023 in Homer, Alaska</ins>. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman/Homer News)
Out of the Office: Sometimes snow is not so bad

It’s nearly April, and with every two-or-more-day stretch of clear weather, I… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Academy sophomore Ian McGarry battles for a rebound against Birchwood Christian on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Cook Inlet Academy just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
CIA’s Ian McGarry gets 1A boys Player of Year

Cook Inlet Academy sophomore Ian McGarry was named the Class 1A boys… Continue reading

The Kenai Central cheerleading team. Back row, left to right: Caitlyn Martin, Sylvia McGraw, Ayla Tallent, Sarah Baisden, Genesis Trevino, Malena Grieme, Maya Montague, Taya Swick and Cali Holmes. Front row, left to right: Ella Romero, Brooklynn Reed and Makenize Harden. (Photo provided)
Kenai cheerleaders win 3rd straight state title

The Kenai Central cheerleading squad won its third straight Division II March… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Nils Wallstrom celebrates winning a shootout over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears sweep Ice Dogs, move into 3rd place

The Kenai River Brown Bears earned a two-game sweep over the Fairbanks… Continue reading

Bears top Dogs, move into 4th place

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-3 on… Continue reading

Kenai girls take 4th, Kenai boys take 6th at state

The Kenai Central girls basketball team took fourth place and the Kardinals… Continue reading

Chad Anderson of Kasilof and Allie Ostrander guide Everett Anderson, 3, to the finish line Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Salmon Run Series at Tsalteshi Trails. Getting the free ride on Chad’s shoulders is Ben Anderson, 2. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Ostrander, Gemmell make Alaska High School Hall of Fame

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central High School, and Joshua… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School esports players participate in a practice match of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ahead of a scheduled game at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Esports Week 6: Nikiski is 1st local team to earn playoff spot

Each of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s esports teams had a… Continue reading

Most Read