Oilers will not go to NBC World Series

The Peninsula Oilers will not be going to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., this year. In fact, none of the Alaska Baseball League teams will make the trip.

James Clark, the general manager for the Oilers, said Peninsula is not making the trip partially due to financial reasons, and partially due to the health of the team.

The Oilers finished second at the tournament last year. The last year the Oilers skipped the tournament was 2009.

Clark said the Oilers board of directors remains committed to sending teams to Wichita.

"We're just taking this year off," he said.

Alaska teams have been a fixture in Wichita since the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks first represented Alaska there in 1962. Official records did not show how many years an Alaska team has not been at the NBC, but it hasn't been many.

The Goldpanners have the most titles in NBC history with six, while the Anchorage Glacier Pilots are tied for second-most titles with five. The Oilers, with three, and the Mat-Su Miners, with two, also are on the list of multiple finals winners.

Alaska has 16 championships and 17 runner-up finishes in the tourney's history. The only state with a similar record is Kansas, with 18 titles and 14 runner-up finishes.

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