GENESEE, NY – In perhaps their most crucial win of the season to date, the Olean Oilers defeated the Genesee Rapids away 3-2 Saturday in a away game at Houghton College.
With their victorious result, and the Mansfield Destroyers’ loss at the hands of the Niagara Power, the Oilers finally moved into second place in the Western Division of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. They are making a playoff push in the home stretch in this 2019 campaign that nobody saw coming a month ago.
Before they scored their first and only runs of in the top of the seventh inning, the game had the looks of a real pitchers’ duel, as they usually do when Canisius senior Kyle Warner is on the mound. Warner threw seven full innings, allowed only three hits, no earned runs and one walk while he struck out nine Rapids batters. In an immaculate performance, he improved his ERA to 4.11, which is good for seventh best in the NYCBL. His season strikeout total of 37 is best in the league.
The Oiler runs came from the bats of Dylan Vincent and Daniel Stauffer. Vincent started the inning with an inside-the-park home run to put the Oilers on the board. Stauffer followed that up in a clutch spot and drove a two-run double to center field to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead.
The Rapids pulled a run back in the bottom of the ninth, but it ultimately was not enough in the end as Alec Teska shut the door to earn the two-inning save. He now boasts an ERA of 3.24, which is fifth best in the league and the best on his team.
The Oilers will face the notorious Niagara Power at home Sunday at 1 p.m. Despite their recent successes, the Oilers have yet to beat the Power this summer.
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