The Oilers will host Team USA in a three-game series July 6 through 8. This will be the first appearance ever in Kenai for the college-level national team. Team USA will be playing a total of eight games in Alaska after appearing at an International Tournament in the Orient. Former Oilers assistant coach Pat McMahon (1980 and 1982) is the head coach of the team that plays a very strong international schedule and is considered by many as one of the best amateur teams in the world.
Members of the 2001 Oilers with noteworthy achievements this college season to date include Vince Serafina of the University of Evansville. The junior pitched seven scoreless innings in racking up his first win of the season. The left-hander also is hitting .429.
Matt Cunningham, freshman catcher and designated hitter, had a grand-slam home run and is hitting .474 for the Rice Owls, who have moved up to be ranked No. 1 in the nation.
There are lots of fun family events planned for the 2001 season as well as baseball as good as it gets. For information on the Oilers or Alaska League Baseball, stop by the Oilers office on the corner of Cook and Main streets in Kenai or call 283-7133.
Oilers Corner is submitted during the offseason by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager for the Alaska Baseball League team.
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