Coleman back with Oilers
The Oilers are happy to announce Jackson Coleman will return for a third season.
Coleman has transferred to North Dakota State University from Oregon State and will have to sit out the 2001 college season. The former Soldotna resident will return to school next year as a fifth-year senior. The speedy outfielder currently ranks fourth in walks and seventh in stolen bases in the Oilers all-time record book.
Sophomore pitcher Nic Puckett of Lewis-Clark State College has signed with the Oilers for the 2001 season. As a freshman starting pitcher last season, Puckett won eight games without a loss for the NAIA World Series Champions. The 6-foot left-hander is from Meridian, Idaho, and is studying environmental biology. Puckett was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1999.
Puckett is a college teammate of Soldotna's Chris Mabeus, a three-year member of the Oilers pitching staff. Mabeus is expected to be chosen in the early rounds of June's Major League draft.
For more information regarding the Peninsula Oilers and the Alaska Baseball League, stop by the office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai or call 283-7133.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager of the Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League team.
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