MANSFIELD, NY – In what was their last game of a long and miraculous summer baseball season, the Olean Oilers lost to the Mansfield Destroyers, 4-3, in walk-off fashion Tuesday. They concluded their 2019 NYCBL campaign with a record of 18-21-3 as the unlikely third seed in the Western Division Playoff Bracket in their eighth year of existence.
The first run didn’t come until the top of the third inning. Ironically, in the game with the most on the line, the run came free as Dom Cecere drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Jacob Victor and give the Oilers the lead.
Mansfield answered three innings later in a big way when Devan Nail hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to give the Destroyers a 2-1 lead.
In a wild play in the top of the eighth, Oilers shortstop Brandon Myers singled to right field, and Mansfield right fielder Eric Feliz committed an error that allowed Cecere to score the tying run, but Myers was thrown out trying to get to third.
When the home half of the inning came around, Mansfield quickly regained the lead on a Tim Carroll sacrifice fly that scored Colton Evans to make the score 3-2 Destroyers heading into what would be the ninth and final inning.
In their last half inning swinging the bats this season, the Oilers managed to score on a wild pitch as they put a lot of pressure on the Mansfield pitcher Tyler Stout, who was replaced by Brandon Lingenfelter soon after the play, and the game was tied yet again heading into the bottom of the ninth.
It was then that Austin Schmitt scored Blake Murray on an RBI single to end the Oilers season.
Nathan Holt got the start on the mound for the Oilers, pitching seven full innings and allowing two earned runs in a solid outing. Murphy O’Brien entered in relief a third of the way through the eighth as the team’s hottest pitcher at the time. He allowed Mansfield’s winning run to cross the plate and was tagged with his first loss on the hill since June 19.
The Oilers will return to action again in early June of 2020 for their ninth season as a member of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
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