Oilers Corner

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2000

Candelaria signs with Oilers

The Oilers are pleased to announce that Scott Candelaria has signed to return for a third season with the two-time defending Alaska Baseball League champions.

Candelaria ranks on the Oilers all-time top 10 list in hits, stolen bases and at-bats and was named to the National Baseball Congress all-star team after the 1999 World Series tournament.

To date, Candy is hitting .402 with five home runs and nine stolen bases at the University of New Mexico. Candelaria, a junior, will be eligible for the Major League player draft in June.

The NBC has announced major changes for the 2000 World Series in Wichita, Kan. The field will be enlarged from 32 to 48 teams. Although the majority of the tournament games will continue to be played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, some of the games will be played at Eck Field at nearby Wichita State University. Eck Field recently underwent a $7 million renovation and will be used in place of McDonald Field in El Dorado, Kan.

Members of the 2000 Oilers continue to earn accolades with their college teams. Jason Anderson, a junior pitcher at the University of Illinois, was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.

Brian McCabe, a freshman infielder at the University of West Virginia, was named the Big East Conference's Rookie of the Week and Soldotna's Chris Mabeus, a junior pitcher at Lewis-Clark State College was named the Outstanding Pitcher at the University of Hawaii Easter Tournament.

The 18th annual Oilers Gusher will take place this Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Kenai. There are still tickets available for one of the area's top social events.

For more information, call the Oilers at 283-6186 or stop by the 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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