Chuck Rider, a 2005 stalwart out of the bullpen for the Oilers, has agreed to return for a second season. The 6-foot-1 Mesa State College junior appeared in 14 games, all of which were in relief, and recorded one save. Rider is a graduate of Anchorage’s Service High School where he was an all-conference third baseman as well as an all-conference pitcher. Rider is majoring in education.
Right-hander Ricky Heines of Purdue University is the latest addition to the Oilers pitching staff. Heines spent the 2005 season at Midland College in Midland, Texas, where he appeared in 17 games. Heines went the distance in three of the four games he started. He sported an excellent 53-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 44 1-3 innings. Heines was a junior college academic all-American and Western Junior College Athletic Conference all-conference pitcher at Midland. Heines is from San Antonio and is studying health and kinesiology.
Oilers Corner is submitted by Mike Baxter, acting manager of baseball operations for the Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League team.
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