Chris Mabeus of Soldotna, a three-year member of the Oilers pitching staff, has picked up right where he left off after the 2000 college season and Oilers season, in which he was honored by being named to the Alaska Media's All-Alaska League team. Mabeus, also a former member of the Post 20 Peninsula Twins, has now won four straight this season for Lewis-Clark State College, which is the top-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll.
Mabeus is now 15-0 in two seasons with the Pioneers and is the school's all-time record-holder for most wins. The previous record was 13, set from 1982 to 1983. The 6-foot-3 right-hander was picked by Baseball America as an NAIA All-American and also was the fourth-rated player in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft. Mabeus was drafted in 1999 by the Boston Red Sox but chose to continue his college education. The Oilers wish Mabeus luck in the 2001 draft.
Brian Horwitz, an outfielder from the University of California, is currently leading the 2001 Oilers with an average of .363 for the Pac-10 Golden Bears. The freshman had a 23-game hitting streak.
Chris Reilly, a 6-7 right-handed pitcher from Seton Hall, has not been scored on in four appearances. Opponents are hitting .176 against him.
Graduating seniors shouldn't forget that Saturday is the deadline to apply for one of the six college scholarships awarded by the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club, Inc., and the Oilers Booster Club. Any graduating senior of an accredited program is eligible to apply. For applications and information check with your school scholarship counselor or call the Oilers at 283-7133 or stop by the office on the corner of Cook and Main Streets in Kenai.
Oilers Corner is submitted during the off-season by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager for the Alaska Baseball League team.
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