Pitching leads Oilers to win over Pilots

Dazzling pitching ruled the day for the Peninsula Oilers as they escaped with a 2-0 win Thursday night over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Stadium.

The supreme defensive gem allowed the teams to head home just over two hours after opening pitch.

Noah Owen twirled four scoreless innings of three-hit ball for the Oilers, whiffing two with zero walks in a tight performance. It was the third straight scoreless outing for the University of San Diego freshman.

Ryan Silva (2-2) ended up with the win after pitching three innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits with three strikeouts. Tevin Murray wiggled his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning after giving up two hits and a hit-by-pitch, and Calvin Farris recorded his first save of the summer with a trouble-free ninth inning.

Nevertheless, the Oilers (18-15) didn’t gain any ground in their third contest of a 10-game road trip that culminates after the ABL All-Star break. The battle for the Alaska Baseball League lead still stands at three games behind the Mat-Su Miners (21-12), who beat the Anchorage Bucs 2-1 Thursday.

The Oilers will meet the Pilots again Saturday at 4 p.m., but not before a 1 p.m. matinee contest today against the Mat-Su Miners at Palmer’s Hermon Brothers Field, a crucial clash between the top two teams in the ABL.

A day after collecting a combined five base hits over 15 innings of a doubleheader, the Oilers bats again failed to break out in a four-hit performance, but the pitching support helped in the win.

Ryan Koch, Chad Bible, Brian Leonhardt and John Mackay all provided hits, with Mackay posting the highlight with a second-inning double.

Koch put the Oilers ahead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Novis. Novis was hit by a pitch to get on base and moved to third on a Chad Bible single.

The Oilers brought in an insurance run in the third starting with a leadoff walk by Zack Zalesky, who scored on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Novis.

The Pilots threatened in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases on a hit-by-pitch to Emilio Nogales and consecutive singles by Dominic Foscalina and Jordan Arruda, but the Oilers got out of the jam when Nogales was tagged out at third and Ryon Knowles grounded out to Murray the pitcher.

Foscalina and Knowles each finished the night with two hits for Anchorage.

More in Sports

Soldotna's Adarra Hagelund bumps the ball over the net in front of Kenai Central's Erin Koziczkowski on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kards sweep Stars on senior night

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion It’s not often Kenai Central volleyball coach… Continue reading

Results posted for Seward Invite swim meet

Homer’s Jillian Crooks and Skyler Rodriguez, and Seward’s Mia Nappi, took home… Continue reading

COVID forces cancellations at Nikiski

Due to COVID issues, all girls practices and games at Nikiski Middle-High… Continue reading

Kards win Silver Bracket at Dimond-Service volleyball

Kenai Central won the Silver Bracket on Saturday at the Dimond-Service Volleyball… Continue reading

Soldotna's Hunter Richardson and Homer's Nestor Kalugin tangle at 189A at the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. Richardson won the match 11-1 on the way to first place, while Kalugin was third. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai’s Gaethle wins Spruill award

Kenai Central junior Andrew Gaethle won the Luke Spruill Outstanding Wrestler award,… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Caden Triggs (far left) celebrates his first-period goal with Tyler Pfister and Brendan Hill on Friday, Oct. 21, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Bears split Friday, Saturday games with Steel

For the second time all season, the Kenai River Brown Bears scored… Continue reading

Brown Bears forward Cole Dubicki and Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel forward Ethan Benz tangle for the puck Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears drop home opener to Steel

The Kenai River Brown Bears lost their home opener 6-2 to the… Continue reading

Seward volleyball comes back to top Nikiski

The host Seward volleyball team pulled off a big comeback for a… Continue reading

A moose darts into the forest on Beaver Loop Road in Kenai, Alaska, during the Kenai River Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Refuge Notebook: Mating systems of moose and caribou

Driving home the other day, my friend and I came across a… Continue reading

Most Read