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Originally published: 2014-06-13 15:09:09
Last modified: 2014-06-13 15:09:53

Oil Exchange baseball team finishes unbeaten

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

The Oil Exchange had plenty of close calls during its Little League season.

After a full season, 15 teams tried to hand the Oil Exchange a loss. After a full season, 15 teams failed in their attempts.

The Oil Exchange finished the 2014 Little League season with a 15-0 record following its 14-3 victory over Wendy's at the Optimists Field Tuesday night.

The game was shortened to four innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The Oilers trailed 2-1 at the end of the first inning but rallied for five runs in the top of the second inning to claim a 6-2 lead they would never lose. The Oil Exchange added eight runs in the third inning to take a 14-2 lead.

"This is the best group of kids I've ever been around," Oil Exchange coach Todd Combs said. "They all like each other and they got along and they backed each other up. They are just a great bunch of guys."

There were plenty of big hits to go around Tuesday night. Owen Combs went 3-for-4 -- all singles -- with two RBIs. He also scored three runs.

C.J. Clement and Thomas Proffitt each hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the second inning. Jaxon Hammond added a two-run single in the third inning, which saw the Oilers send 14 batters to the plate.

Dalton Rominger had two RBI singles in the third inning.

Overall, the Oil Exchange finished with nine hits, including two from Clement and Rominger.
Tucker Brown also drove in a run with his second walk of the third inning. He also walked and scored a run in his first at-bat of the third.

Wendy's took a 2-1 lead in the first inning when Andrew Gamby and Zach Laird both scored runs. Jake McIntroff drove in Shane Lamont with a single in the third inning.

Todd Combs said his team had some tense moments during the season when they almost lost games. Alleghany gave the Oilers a tough game, but could not break the Oil Exchanges' streak.
Other teams in town also had some close games with the Oil Exchange, but could not find a way to pull off an upset win.

"We've had some really good pitching," Combs said. "But our hitting was outstanding. Our pitchers were usually pretty relaxed, but we could hit the ball."

OPTIMISTS 13, CHICK-FIL-A 3
The Optimists broke the game open with an eight-run rally in the third inning of their 13-3 victory over Chick-fil-A in Little League baseball Tuesday at Optimist Park.

The Optimists led 5-3 going into the third inning when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored eight runs. The Optimists had seven hits, two by Will Spillman, in the inning.

Spillman drove in a run with each hit. Bryce Satterfield drove in two runs with a single, and scored on a Paco Eby single. Clay Townsend, Franco Alvarez and Tyler Osmond also had singles in the third inning for the Optimists.

Chick-fil-A took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Austin Idol and Jacob Harmon both scored runs. Ben Vines provided an RBI triple that drove in Will Mizzell in the second inning to bring Chick-fil-A to within 5-3.