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Olean Oilers Take Western Division

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Rigney was on the mound for the Oilers in their July 7 win over the Dodgers. Credits: Olean Oilers Twitter
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After handling the Wellsville Nitros Tuesday with a 12-4 victory, the Olean Oilers made the short trip to Hornell on Thursday to face the second-place Dodgers and won 9-4.

With playoff implications on the table, manager Bobby Bell's club knew what was on the line. A win would give the team the regular season title of the Western Division and clinch the number one seed in the playoffs, a feat never before accomplished by an Oilers team.

With that in mind the boys took to the field on fire. After two of the three leading hitters reached base, slugger Aaron Phillips smacked a single into the outfield, scoring both St. Bonaventure University teammate Cole Peterson and soon-to-be SBU teammate Bubba Hollins.

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Peterson doubled in In the second inning, driving in another run and giving pitcher Adam Rigney the cushion he needed out on the mound.

Rigney would earn the win, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits, and striking out two.

Each current Bonnie recorded at least one RBI for the Oilers. Dave Vaccaro and Peterson drove in one each; Hollins recorded two, and Phillips drove in three, giving him an outstanding 40 RBI on the season.

The Oilers tacked on a few runs of their runs late, earning their 30th win of the season and the Western Division title.

Friday the Oilers beat the Ridgemen 7-5 in Rochester.

The Oilers have 7 p.m. home games Saturday and Sunday, first against the Syracuse Salt Cats and then against the Dodgers. 

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