Oilers win 2nd straight vs. Monarchs

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Michigan Monarchs 6-5 on Friday in nonleague action at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The victory gives the Oilers a two-game winning streak as they prepare to jump back into Alaska Baseball League play with a five-game series against the Mat-Su Miners starting with a game at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday games are at 6 p.m.

As of Friday night, the Anchorage Bucs led the league at 14-7, while the Anchorage Glacier Pilots were 2.5 games back at 9-7.

The Miners are 3.5 games back at 9-9, while the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks are 5.5 games back at 6-10 and the Oilers are six games back at 5-10.

The Oilers jumped to a 5-0 lead Friday night, with starter Sam Silversmith cruising in the early innings. Silversmith then gave up five runs in his sixth and final inning of work as the Monarchs tied the game. Silversmith had five strikeouts and three walks.

Ryne Palmer worked three scoreless innings for the Oilers to record the victory. Palmer allowed just one hit.

Drewbie Pinkston won the game for the Oilers in the eighth when he singled with two outs to drive in Ryson Ujimori.

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