OLEAN, NY – In their fourth-to-last game of the summer, the Olean Oilers lost to the Genesee Rapids 9-7 in a crucial interdivisional game. The result will ultimately play a part in deciding the fate of the two teams at the season’s end, as the Rapids now trail the Oilers by only 2 points in the Western Division standings.
The Oilers started the game fast as they pushed across the first three runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Catcher Michael Beimel got the party started with a two-run double that scored infielders Nate Rush and Frank Wayman. Infielder Mason Nadolney added to the big inning when he drove Beimel in on an RBI single.
After the Rapids pushed across five runs in the top halves of the seventh and eighth to take a two-run lead, Oilers catcher Daniel Stauffer came up clutch and drove a two-run homer to left field to tie the game. The score was 7-7 heading into what would be the ninth and final inning.
Rapids catcher Andrew Giesey hit a two-run shot in the top of the ninth. The Oilers could not answer in the home half of the inning, and the Rapids came away victorious.
The Oilers’ playoff push became even more contentious as a result of the game, and they will need to play their best baseball to keep hold of the third-place slot in the West. In their next game, which will be on Friday at home at 5 p.m., they will face the Rome Generals for the first time this summer
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