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Oilers start league season 1-3

The Peninsula Oilers are off to a 1-3 start in the Alaska Baseball League after road games Saturday through Monday.

Saturday, the Oilers split a doubleheader against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. For doubleheaders, each game is seven innings. The Bucs took the first game 2-1 before the Oilers came back to take the second game 2-1.

In the first game, Peninsula took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Trey Becker singled, stole second and scored on a single by Noah Hennings.

The Bucs came back with the winning rally in the bottom of the fourth. Mason Marenco led the innings off with a single, then scored on a double by Alex Champagne. Dylan Maltby hit a sacrifice fly to score Champagne.

Brad Mullan got the win for the Bucs, pitching five innings and giving up a run on three hits. Blake Hammond got the save by pitching two scoreless innings, giving up three hits.

Knolton Clark took the loss for the Oilers, giving up two runs on two hits in four innings. Will O’Neil and Homer product Mose Hayes combined for two innings of scoreless relief.

In the second game, the Oilers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. James Shimashita started the inning with a walk, then Casey Burnham reached on an error. Shimashita would score on a passed ball, while Burnham scored on a ground-out.

The Bucs got their run in the third when Dylan Fesperman scored on a wild pitch.

Mason Kokodynski got the win for the Oilers, going 3 1-3 innings and giving up a run on two hits. Carson Seeman, Jacob Shaver and Shimashita combined for 3 2-3 innings of hitless and scoreless relief, with Shimashita getting the save.

Sunday, the Oilers stayed at Mulcahy Stadium to lose to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 5-4.

The Oilers led 2-0 after the first inning and 4-3 after the seventh inning, but Anchorage had the game tied heading to the bottom of the ninth. The Glacier Pilots won the game when a run scored on a balk call on Hayes.

Monday, the Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Mat-Su Miners, who moved to 6-0 in the league.

The Miners got the winning run in the bottom of the ninth without getting a hit. O’Neil had four walks in the inning, including a walk of Alex Vergara to score Josh Paino with the winning run.

Mat-Su started the first inning with a two-run rally against Oilers starter Max Miller that also did not involve any hits.

Willie Schwarick brought Peninsula within one run in the second with an RBI, then Becker homered later in the game to tie it at 2.

The Oilers continue their road trip today with a 7 p.m. game against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium.

Peninsula’s first home game will be June 22 at 6 p.m. against the Pilots.

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