MANSFIELD, PA – In what seemed like a must-win game before it started, the Olean Oilers lost in walk-off fashion away to the Mansfield Destroyers 9-8. They remain in second place after the result, though their record and Mansfield’s are pretty much identical. They both have 16 wins and 17 losses, though the Oilers are ahead by a point, as they have tied three games to Mansfield’s two.

The Oilers took the lead early in the first when Mason Nadolney was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Jacob Victor came across to score. Nadolney’s RBI was followed by a Frank Wayman sacrifice fly to center field that scored Dylan Vincent.

Mansfield stormed back with a vengeance in the bottom of the third, as they pushed across five runs of their own. Colton Evens started the rally with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Michael Wein. Devan Nail brought more life to the base paths when he hit a three-run double to left. Nail eventually came across to score on a Brendan Myers error to put a cherry on top of the big inning, making it 5-2 Destroyers.

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Victor hit his third RBI of the day in the top of the sixth on a base hit to left field that scored Nate Rush. Brendan Myers then came across to score on a wild sequence, starting with a wild pitch and ending with an error by the Mansfield shortstop Nail, making the score 7-5 Oilers by the end of the half-inning.

The Destroyers tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on an error by the Oilers All-Star catcher Michael Beimel. They then walked it off on a Nail single to left field that induced an unfortunate error from Zach Hemphill.

Despite the result, the Oilers’ playoff hopes are still alive because, according to the because the top three teams from each division will advance to the playoffs. Nonetheless, it will be a contentious race to stay in the Western Division’s top three for the Oilers.

Their next game will be against the Western Division Champion Niagara Power at Sal Maglie Field in Niagara Falls on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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