OLEAN, NY -- A day after their Western Division-clinching win over the Hornell Dodgers, the Oilers were back in action Friday as they took on the Ridgemen of Rochester.
David Lyskawa took the mound again for the Oilers and earned his fifth win of the season, the most wins by any pitcher in the New York Collegiate Baseball League this season. Lyskawa went seven full, striking out 11 batters and only giving up four hits.
The top of the lineup was the key for the Oilers all game as leadoff hitter Sam Kysor went 3 for 6 with an RBI, as did Cole Peterson, who hit second behind Kysor. Both Kyson and Peterson scored two runs on the day, accounting for a total of six of the Oilers' seven runs in the day.
Andrew White came into the game in the top of the eighth and earned his first save in the 7-5 victory, which gave the Oilers their 31st win of the season.
Peterson noted that title is a nice ribbon to carry but it isn't all the team has set out to do since the start of this season.
"It's a great accomplishment for this team," he said. "We worked hard and played hard every day to clinch the division ,but we still have a lot to do. We have to finish the season strong and be ready for the playoffs when they roll around."
Peterson, a St. Bonaventure University standout, has batted a staggering .336 on the season with 24 RBI and 13 extra base hits. He tallied up three more hits Friday night. His 49 total hits on the season are good enough to make him second best in the NYCBL -- behind teammate Aaron Phillips, who has 52.
The Oilers now sit comfortably with a guaranteed Number One seed in the playoffs and a staggering 13.5 game lead over the second-place team.
"Summer ball can get repetitive," Phillips said. "What I think sets us apart from every other team is how we lock in every day. No matter who is in the lineup we don't take any days off. So we force the other teams to beat us. We don't beat ourselves."
The Oilers are back at home Saturday at 7 p.m. for a cross divisional match up against the Syracuse Salt Cats.