Oilers turn triple play, defeat Bucs

The Peninsula Oilers, sparked by turning a triple play in the first inning, defeated the Anchorage Bucs 5-1 on Tuesday in Alaska Baseball League play at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

The Oilers are 2-3 in the ABL, while the Bucs drop to 3-4.

Oilers starter Carson Seeman ended up working five scoreless innings for the victory, but he got off to a rough start when the Bucs loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with nobody out.

Mason Marenco hit a one-hopper to shortstop Trey Becker, who tossed to second baseman Shunsuke Sakaino for the first out. Sakaino turned the double play by tossing to Dalton Bowling at first. Alex Champagne of the Bucs was late breaking for home and Bowling threw to catcher Jerry Nix to complete the triple play.

Peninsula took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Cole Jordan walked and scored on a single by Casey Burnham.

The lead increased to 4-0 after the top of the sixth. The Oilers loaded the bases with no outs and Burnham walked to score Cole Jordan. Graiden West then singled to score Noah Hennings and James Shimashita.

After Knolton Clark pitched two innings of scoreless relief, the Bucs got to Shimashita for a run and a 4-1 game in the bottom of the eighth. Shimashita worked two innings and gave up that one run.

Peninsula added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when West scored on a ground ball from Sakaino.

The Oilers stay on the road to face the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks today at 7 p.m. Peninsula doesn’t have its home opener until June 22 at 6 p.m. against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

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