Oilers Corner

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2001

Oilers land Wing

The Oilers have signed 6-foot-2 southpaw Ryan Wing, a freshman from Riverside, Calif., Community College, to their pitching staff.

Wing leads his league with eight wins and 75 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. The native of Murrieta, Calif., has an earned run average of 1.94. Riverside C.C. is also the home of Oilers pitching coach Andrew Checketts.

Neal Cotts, a junior left-handed pitcher from Illinois State University, continues to put up big numbers. Cotts is 5-1 and has struck out 68 batters while walking 16 in 51 innings of work. Cotts has three complete games while holding opposing batters to a lowly .190 batting average. Cotts has an earned run average of 2.25.

The 2001 Oilers look to have a balanced hitting attack. Through games played Friday, the combined batting average of all players signed to come north in June is .302. The leader changes daily and at present Justin Seely, a freshman outfielder at Rice University, has the top average at .356.

Wake Forest freshman infielder Jamie D'Antona leads the prospective team with 17 extra-base hits, including a team-high nine home runs. Luke Simmons, a junior infielder from the University of Illinois and a 2000 all-Alaska selection for the Oilers, ranks second with 14 extra-base hits and six dingers.

Chris Mabeus, the former Oiler right-handed pitcher from Soldotna attending Lewis-Clark State College recently picked up his sixth straight win of the season, extending his all-time school-record streak to 17-0 since joining the team last year.

Tickets are on sale for the 19th annual Oilers Gusher. The famous fund-raising dinner-dance is slated for May 12 at the Kenai National Guard armory. A new format will feature more cash prizes than past Gushers, including a $10,000 grand prize. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available from members of the Oilers Board of Directors and at the team's office at the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.

For more information, stop by the office or contact the Oilers at 283-7133.

Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League.

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