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After lightning delay, Oilers suffer first setback at NBC World Series

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After an hour-long lightning delay Tuesday night, the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters outlasted the Peninsula Oilers 6-4 in a winners' bracket game of the National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan.

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The Oilers had an eight-game winning streak snapped and now face a loser-out contest Thursday on the same field. The opponent and time have yet to be announced, but the game can be heard on 1140 AM.

On Tuesday, the game was tied at 4 through five innings when the contest was delayed because of lightening in the area.

When play resumed, the Oilers couldn't solve the pitching of Santa Barbara relievers Spenser Messmore and Codey Morehouse, who earned the save.

Messmore and Morehouse combined to strike out 10 of 12 batters following the delay.

On a night the Oilers struck out 16 times and left nine runners on base, the Foresters earned the deciding run in the top of the sixth.

Jeff McVaney tallied a sacrifice fly off Peninsula reliever and loser Mark Winkelman, who lasted 1 2-3 innings and gave up one run, to give the Foresters a 5-4 edge.

The Foresters added another run in the seventh after Peninsula third baseman Patrick Wisdom botched a grounder, allowing Michael Ratterree to reach safely. Ratterree then scored on a Legg single.

The Oilers, the three-time NBC champs and five-time finalists, then went quietly into the night. Each of the final six Peninsula outs were strikeouts.

After outscoring their opponents 30-5 in three straight victories to open the tournament, they Oilers fell behind for the first time Tuesday.

Ratterree gave Santa Barbara a 1-0 lead with an RBI-single off Peninsula starter Jon Maciel in the top of the first.

That made for unfamiliar territory for the Oilers, who had a seven-run second inning in a 14-1 win over the Northwest (Wash.) Honkers on Aug. 4, a five-run seventh in a 7-3 win over the San Diego Force a day later and a seven-run second in a 9-1 triumph over the Seattle Studs on Sunday.

Wisdom hit an RBI-sacrifice fly to even the score at 1 in the bottom of the third, but the Foresters quickly answered.

A Derek Legg double to score Ratterree gave the Foresters a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth, when they sent nine hitters to the plate to chase Maciel out of the game.

Legg eventually scored on a Tyler Pearson single down the line in right field, and Brett Vertigan bumped the lead to 4-1 with an RBI-double.

Vertigan was the last batter faced by Maciel, who yielded eight hits on 64 pitches in 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs.

It was an uncharacteristic effort from Maciel, who chewed up innings during the regular season and earned the win in Peninsula's tournament-opening victory over the Honkers.

However, Peninsula quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of singles and an error by Legg.

With one out, Mike Miller drilled a two-run double to deep right field, cutting the lead to 4-3. Chris Mallory then tied the game with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.

Neither team would score again before thunder and lightening rolled into the stadium. Austin Kubitza earned the win, lasting five innings.

Tuesday

Foresters 6, Oilers 4

Foresters AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Vrtgn cf 5 0 2 1 Mllr ss 4 0 1 2

Mcneil lf 3 1 1 0 Mllry 2b 4 0 1 0

McVny rf 3 0 2 1 Wsdm 3b 4 0 0 1

Whrtn 1b 5 0 1 0 Chnng 1b 4 0 1 0

Rttree 2b 4 2 2 1 Rust rf 3 0 1 0

Wallace ph 1 0 0 0 Brnca dh 4 1 1 0

Stock dh 4 0 0 0 MChsny c 3 1 1 0

Brown ph 1 0 0 0 Cllns lf 4 1 1 0

Legg 3b 4 1 3 2 Ring cf 4 1 2 0

Persn c 4 1 1 1 ---- -- -- -- --

Krokr ss 4 1 1 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 38 6 13 6 Totals 34 4 9 3

Santa Barbara 100 301 100 -6

Peninsula 001 300 000 -4

E - Wharton, Legg, Wisdom. LOB - Foresters 9, Oilers 9. 2B - Legg, Vertigan, Miller, Rust. SB - Legg, Rust, Channing. S - McVaney, McNeil, Wisdom, Mallory.

IP H R ER BB SO

Foresters

Kubitza, W 5 7 4 2 3 6

Messmore 2 1 0 0 0 4

Morehouse, S 2 1 0 0 0 6

Oilers

Maciel 3.2 8 4 4 0 2

Winkelman, L 1.2 3 1 1 2 2

Lemke 2 1 1 0 0 2

Kendrick 1.2 1 0 0 0 2

WP - Kubitza, Winkelman, Kendrick. T - 3:55.

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