LA HABRA - Both the Signal Hill Oilers and the SoCal Shepherds had their offenses going on Thursday, but the Oilers eventually prevailed 9-6 to start the 2020 SBL season 1-0.
The Oilers opened up the scoring in the first inning, when Mark Kirkland (University of Redlands) singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
The Oilers took a 9-1 lead into the sixth, but the SoCal Shepherds answered back and scored three runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh to make it close, but could not breakthrough.
The SoCal Shepherds bats were led by Tanner Smith (Oregon) and Will Cline (Centre College), who both drove in runs.
Donovan Waitman (LA Pierce) was the winning pitcher for Signal Hill. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over one inning, walking zero. Jackson Briscoe (LA Pierce) recorded the last two outs to earn the save.
Esteban Nakashima (University of Redlands), Dirk Ryan (LA Pierce), Gabriel Barthelmass (Vanguard), Sammy Diaz (University of Redlands) had hits to lead the Oilers offense.
Jackson Van Ness (Anderson University) went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead SoCal Shepherds in hits.