The magical energy from Thursday that propelled a late comeback and allowed the Casper Oilers to play another day didn’t return on Friday as the Oilers’ season came to an end Friday in Lewiston, Idaho, with a 11-6 loss to Kennewick, Washington.
Following a scoreless top of the first, Kennewick got out in front on the scoreboard only for Casper to answer most of the way. A two-run first from Kennewick was matched by a two-RBI double from Adam Julian. Kennewick scored again in the second only for Corbin Kirk to slap a double to the wall that Garrett Clasen scored on.
The Oilers fell behind by three in the bottom of the third but clawed their way out in the next half-inning. Carter Young’s sacrifice fly scored Will Clair two pitches before Kirk smacked another double, this time scoring Clasen and Harrison Taubert.
The game stayed even up to that point until Kennewick’s back-breaking sixth inning. Five of the first six batters safely reached base in that inning, with the only outlier coming on a sacrifice fly. Then two Oilers errors allowed the wheels to come off even more, allowing a total of three runs to score before the defense buckled down and notched back-to-back outs to get out of the inning.
Lane Fanto and Adam Julian got on base with one out in the top of the seventh, giving Oilers fans hope for another comeback, only for Kennewick to cut off the momentum with another out. Taubert flew out to right field with bases loaded to end the game.
Casper finished the season 45-18-1 playing in the Northwest Regional for the first time in over two decades.