With Major League Baseball's 2003 season just under way, two former Oilers have started the season off with noteworthy performances.
Ken Harvey (Oilers 1998) was the opening day designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals. Harvey was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the Royals' opening day win.
Mickey Callaway (Oilers 1995) got the starting nod for the World Champion Anaheim Angels' second game of the season. The right-hander recorded the win, pitching six solid innings and allowing only four hits in the team's shutout win.
Soldotna's Chris Mabeus (Oilers 1998, 1999, 2000) has been assigned to the the Modesto A's, a high Class A team in the Oakland organization. Also at Modesto is former Oilers teammate Marcus Gwynn (Oilers 1998).
Paul John Zobeck, also from Soldotna, is returning for his third season with the Oilers. Zobeck is batting .362 with four home runs and 15 runs batted in at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Zobeck has played first base in all 16 of the Rams' games to date.
The Oilers' first roster casualty for the 2003 season is Nick Ponomorenko, a first baseman and pitcher from the University of Hawaii. Ponomorenko will attend summer school and is not available for the season.
The Oilers have firmed up dates for the annual Soldotna Elks/Oilers Youth Baseball Clinics. This year marks the second year of sponsorship provided by the Soldotna Elks club. The clinics, which are free to participants in area organized youth leagues, will be in Homer on June 4, Seward on June 6, Soldotna on June 12 and Kenai on June 13. For more information, contact your local Little League or the Oilers office.
The Oilers have a number of sponsorship packages available for the upcoming season. For more information, contact Mike Baxter at 283-7133.
For more information about the Alaska Baseball League and the Peninsula Oilers, visit the team's Web site at www.oilersbaseball.com or stop by the team's office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League team.
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