OLEAN, NY – After suffering their lone loss to the Hornell Dodgers earlier in the week, the Oilers rattled off four straight wins to give them a 5-1 record in their first full week of this year’s NYCBL season.
The Oilers came away with two more wins Friday night in their double header against the Wellsville Nitros.
Although the team has shown flashes of offensive excellence, their pitching has been their strength at the start of this season. In six games the pitching staff has tossed three shutouts and allowed only four earned runs, which accumulates to a league leading team ERA of 0.77.
Nolan Hunt, a native of Westfield, Chautauqua County, who plays collegiate ball at Canisius College, continued this trend in Game One of the double header, giving Olean 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks, surrendering only three hits.
The Oilers bats gave Olean an early 2-0 lead on an RBI single from Dave Vaccaro (St. Bonaventure) and a home run blast from Alex Griffith. Griffith’s home run is his second on the season, and the team's fourth thios season. Last year, the Oliers hit a total of six home runs all season.
The Nitros broke up Hunt’s shutout in the sixth inning on a Cole Tracy (Finger Lakes Community College) RBI single, which drove in two runs, tying the ball game at 2-2 heading into the final inning.
Sam Kysor would deliver in the final at-bats for the Oilers. Having gone 0 for 3 on the day, Kysor stepped up to the plate with two outs and a runner in scoring position and drove the ball past second baseman Cam Cook, giving the Oilers a 3-2 walk-off win.
In Game Two, Aaron Phillips (St. Bonaventure) hurled another gem on the mound for the Oilers, going six scoreless innings, giving up five hits. and no runs earned. The offense did its part by scoring four runs in the first inning and cruised its way to a 7-0 victory. Phillips, who picked up his second win of the season, has thrown 13 scoreless innings for the Oilers this season.
The Oilers Jimmy Webb finished 2 for 4 and scored twice, while Cole Tracy went 2 for 3 for the Nitros.
Saturday night the Oilers faced the Genesee Rapids at “The Brad” and won 3-0.
The OIlers have an away game at 5 p.m. Sunday against the Rochester Ridgemen.