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Oilers Snap Losing Streak and Win First Home Game of the Season

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The Oilean Oilers' Mike Magnanti checks his swing during the first inning of Friday's game against the Genesee Rapids Credits: Richard Lee
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OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Oilers snapped their five game losing streak Friday night with a wild 11-9 win over the Genesee Rapids. The two teams combined for 20 runs and 25 hits while committing six errors. The game included home runs, balks, broken bats, batters hit by pitches and a steal of home.

After dropping two straight to divisional rival Hornell Wednesday and Thursday, Olean got on the board early in the game when a wild pitch allowed Jacob Burlingame to reach home safely in the first inning.

The scoring continued through the second when Austin Braendel scored on an error by the Rapids’ right fielder, and Burlingame sent a two-run blast over the right field fence to give the Oilers a 4-0 lead. 

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It looked as if the Oilers had finally found their groove, but they quickly gave up the lead when Genesee belted two home runs and scored five times in the following inning.

The teams exchanged leads through the middle innings, leaving the game deadlocked at 6-6 heading into the sixth inning when the Oilers offense sprang to life once again. Sam Vilk highlighted the inning with an RBI double, bringing in Bolivar native Alan Murphy and giving the Oilers back the lead 9-6. 

The Oilers picked up a two more insurance runs on a steal of home by Austin Braendel and another RBI single from Murphy. 

Brian Pulli entered the mound for the final inning and earned his first save of the season, helping the Oilers to their first home win of the season. 

"Like I've been saying all year, these are good baseball players," said Coach Jay Weitzel. "They're young and still trying to figure some things out, but I think you saw some of that in bits and pieces tonight." 

The Oilers are home again Saturday for a 7 p.m. game against the Rochester Ridgemen.

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