Oilers go 1-0-1 at Showcase

The Peninsula Oilers ended up with a record at the Alaska Baseball League Scouts Showcase that looks more like something a team might earn at a hockey showcase.

The Oilers finished 1-0-1 at the Friday and Saturday event at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage after drawing with the Mat-Su Miners 1-1 on Friday before toppling the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 7-3 on Saturday.

The three-day event, which concludes with the ABL All-Star Game at 4 p.m. today and Home Run Derby at 1 p.m. today, is all about getting the players exposure in front of scouts. Each game is scheduled for seven full innings, even if the home team on the scoreboard is ahead heading into the bottom of the seventh, and even if both teams are tied after seven.

Friday, the Miners struck first by getting a run off Oilers starter Erickson Fish in the second inning. After that, Oilers relievers Tre Brown, Matt Amrhein, Andrew Lopez, Bret Ricklefs and Justin Jaime combined to keep the Miners off the board.

The Oilers were able to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning when Evan Berkey collected an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Saturday, it was the Oilers who struck first, notching three runs in the second inning. The big blow in the inning was a two-run double by Matthew Kirk, who later came in to score on a throwing error.

In the fifth inning, with Christian Winston and Bryan Woo each having logged a pair of scoreless innings, the Oilers then went up 4-0 when Bryce Begell launched a solo home run.

The Pilots tried to climb back into the game in the bottom of the fifth, when they scored a pair of unearned runs off Oilers reliever Grant Wood.

But the Oilers went right back to work in the sixth inning to take a 7-2 lead. The runs came on a double by Paul Kunst that brought in two and a Berkey sacrifice fly.

The Pilots scored a run against Brian Leonhardt in the bottom of the seventh inning to account for the final score.

Calvin Farris added a scoreless inning of relief for the Oilers.

The Oilers have 10 playing in the All-Star Game today for the American League, which will be coached by Oilers head coach Kyle Brown. Mike Lopez, Tevin Murray and Tre Brown made the team as pitchers. Matt Amrhein and Andrew Lopez also made it as pitchers, but will not be available to pitch.

Kunst and Wood are on the squad as infielders, while Ryan Novis and Chad Bible made it in the outfield. Ryan Koch is on the team as a catcher/infielder.

Koch, who leads the league in home runs, and Bible will represent the Oilers in the Home Run Derby.

More in Sports

Bears top Dogs, win 3rd straight

The Kenai River Brown Bears went on the road Friday to defeat… Continue reading

Ninilchik boys, SoHi girls, Homer boys win at Shootout

The Palmer and Soldotna girls, and Ninilchik and Homer boys, picked up… Continue reading

Camille Botello and Benito hike in Denali National Park on Sept. 18, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara)
Out of the Office: Furry friend

Adventuring in Alaska has been much better with my fur buddy. Moving… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Koda Norbeck and Soldotna's Gehret Medcoff battle for the puck Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi hockey tops Kenai in overtime

Staff report Soldotna’s Gehret Medcoff scored 53 seconds into overtime to give… Continue reading

The Kenai National Moose Range's three LeTourneau crushers off of Mystery Creek Road, March 14, 1978. (Photo provided by USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Forest regeneration efforts benefit moose on wildlife refuge

From time to time, we reshare past Refuge Notebook articles. We selected… Continue reading

Schedule set for Al Howard Shootout

The schedule for The Revolution Sport and Spine Therapy Al Howard Shootout… Continue reading

Homer's Sydney Shelby fights for a rebound between Nikiski's Shelby Burman and Rylee Ellis on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer girls, Nikiski boys notch wins

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Homer girls and Nikiski boys basketball… Continue reading

Eventual race winner Morgan Aldridge leads Carly Reimer and Amy Anderson at the Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Sterling’s Aldridge takes 5th in triathlon

Sterling’s Morgan Aldridge finished fifth in the women’s race at the 2022… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Tommy Aitken makes a save against the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears have first winning streak of season

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Kenai River Brown Bears used their… Continue reading

Most Read