ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Peninsula Oilers battled all the way to the championship of the National Baseball Congress World Series but were unable to bring home the big prize, falling 1-0 in the title game to the Santa Barbara Foresters.
A double elimination tournament, the Oilers would have needed to beat Santa Barbara in back to back games in order to hoist the trophy.
The Oilers got a heroic effort from a gassed pitching staff, 8 different arms took the mound in 8 innings while giving up just four hits and one run. However one run proved to be enough. It came early on an infield out by Jeff McVaney that scored Brett Vertigan in the bottom of the first giving Santa Barbara a 1-0 lead.
Offensively Kenai couldn’t figure out the tandem puzzle of Mitch Moorman, seven shutout innings, and Spencer Messmore, retired all 6 batters he faced.