OLEAN, NY - The gates open again tonight for the Oilers as they look to capture their first home win of the season at 7 p.m. against the Rochester Ridgemen.
Olean has started the season slow, picking up just two wins in their first eight games but remains confident that it's only a matter of time before things begin clicking for the team.
"We feel as if we are a better ball team than every opponent we've faced so far this year," Isaac Porter of St. Bonaventure, said.
"We are just coming up short in a few minor areas that prevent us from winning those close games. We could easily be 6-2 right now rather than the other way around. I can already feel us starting to gel more now that we've spent a lot of time together, and I think that's the first major step in the right direction"
The team has shown signs of life as of late, most notably with the help of late-arriving team member, Alan Murphy, a Bolivar-Richburg graduate who is batting .579 in his four starts for the Oilers.
Murphy, who just finished up his freshman season at St. John Fisher, went 4-for-5 in the Oilers most recent loss to the Wellsville Nitros; A game in which they led 4-2 throughout the first four innings, but failed to keep and suffered another devastating 7-5 loss.
Unfortunately, the divisional loss to the Nitros Sunday wasn't the only thing the Oilers lost this week as two division one players also parted ways with the team.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Alex Amos and Nico Popa will no longer be suiting up for the Oilers this season.
The reason for their departure was said to be a coaches decision coming from the University of Pittsburgh staff based on the players need for rest.
"Those two boys played a lot of games, a lot more than they thought they were going to their freshman year. There was a little talk that they needed some time off, and we talked them into coming up. They were running on fumes," Coach Jay Weitzel told the Olean Times Herald.
Fans who come early to today's game can participate in "Laser Tag Tuesday" which starts at 6 p.m. Anyone ages 6 and up can participate in 5 minute games in the laser tag inflatable presented by the Olean YMCA down the left field line.