July 30, 2016 - Alaska Baseball League (Alaska) - Mat-Su Miners
PALMER, Alaska - With a pivotal doubleheader at stake against the Mat-Su Miners on Saturday, the Peninsula Oilers turned to ace Justin Montgomery.
The freshman right-hander went the distance for the Oilers, surrendering one run and three walks in a 2-1 victory over the Miners in the first meeting between the two programs.
The Oilers (20-17) recorded the game's first run in the top of the fifth when centerfielder Darius Hill lifted a sacrifice fly to right field. Peninsula increased the lead to 2-0 with another sacrifice fly from catcher Jared Huber in the following inning.
The Miners (23-17) cut the deficit to one run in the bottom of the sixth when second baseman Levi Jordan doubled off the left field wall to score designated hitter Jacob Hughey.
Mat-Su starting pitcher Justin Vernia earned the loss after allowing two unearned runs on five hits in seven innings of work. The right-hander recorded three strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 0.58 in the loss.
The result cuts the Miners lead in the Alaska Baseball League standings to 1.5 games over the Oilers, while the Anchorage Glacier Pilots remain 2 games behind Mat-Su.
The Miners host the Oilers in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.