OLEAN, NY -- The Oilers hopped on the bus Saturday afternoon for game one of the New York Collegiate Baseball League championship series and returned home with a huge victory over the Syracuse JR Chiefs.
After falling behind 1-0 in the third inning, the Oilers quickly bounced back in the next half inning behind back-to back-doubles from Sam Kysor and Cole Peterson that pushed one across the board. Aaron Phillips singled in the following at-bat, giving the lead to Olean 2-1.
Olean did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way, scoring on hits from Matt Schneider and Cole Peterson, folliowed by a sacrifice fly from Bubba Hollins that brought home another run to push the lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
Before the inning ended, a Syracuse error allowed three more to score for Olean, giving the Oilers an 8-1 lead, but the Chiefs came back and scorded five in the next inning to bring the game within two runs.
The Oilers were forced to make a pitching change and brought in Eddie Demurias, who earned the save, striking out the side in the final inning to give the Oilers the win.
Olean is now one win away from its second straight NYCBL championship. The Oilers are back home at the Brad tonight for game two and a chance to win the title on their home field at 7 p.m.