Oilers wrap up road trip, head for home

The Peninsula Oilers completed a season-opening road trip by losing 2-0 to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Stadium on Monday in Alaska Baseball League play.

The Oilers went 4-7 on the trip in league play, and also had three nonconference games in Fairbanks. The Glacier Pilots are 6-3 in the league after winning their fifth straight game.

Peninsula now hosts the Pilots in the home opener Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

All of Monday’s offense happened in the first two innings, as the Pilots score a run in the first and second innings to get all the offense they would need.

Nico Zeglin got the win, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up just one hit. Carson Ohl had two innings of relief for the Pilots, while Jacob King got the save for pitching the ninth.

Oilers starter Hayden Johns did well in his first start, going five innings and allowing just one earned run and four hits.

James Shimashita bounced back after a rough outing on the mound last time out for the Oilers, pitching two shutout innings. Blake Reilly also threw a scoreless inning in his debut for the Oilers.

The Oilers had just two hits — a double from Chase Katafias and an infield hit from Noah Hennings.

Saturday, the visiting Oilers dropped a 5-1 decision to the Mat-Su Miners at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The Oilers took the lead in the first inning when Shunsuke Sakaino and Dalton Bowling walked, then Willie Schwarick singled in Sakaino with two outs.

After that, it was all Miners.

Oilers starter Max Miller took the loss, going three innings and giving up two runs on three hits, walking seven and striking out one. Homer product Mose Hayes went four innings and gave up three runs on three hits, walking one and striking out two. Will O’Neil then pitched a scoreless inning for the Oilers.

The Oilers had six hits in the game and stranded 11 runners.

Sunday, the Oilers notched an 8-5 victory over the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium.

Peninsula jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first inning, but the Bucs gradually worked their way back into the game, scoring one in the third, one in the fourth and two in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4 entering the eighth inning.

The Oilers then scored three runs in the eight inning for more of a cushion, then the Bucs scored a run in the bottom of the eighth.

Carson Seeman got the win for the Oilers, going six innings and giving up two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three.

In relief, Mason Kokodynski gave up two runs in an inning, Nick Welch gave up a run in an inning, and Jacob Shaver pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

At the plate for the Oilers, Shunsuke Sakaino was 2 for 3 with two walks and a run, Willie Schwarick had a run, hit and an RBI, James Shimashita had two runs, and Casey Burnham was 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

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