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Alaska Baseball League hosts tomorrow's stars

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2003

After a day of flipping flies on the Kenai River, what could be better than an evening spent watching some of the nation's top collegiate baseball talent chasing down flies at Coral Seymour Me-morial Park in Kenai?

The Oilers won three straight ABL titles from 1998-2000 and will be looking to get back to Wichita for a shot at their fourth NBC title after missing the cut for the tournament for the past two seasons.

The Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League open their season with the 2003 Hardball Preseason Tournament on June 9, kicking off an 11-day homestand at the stadium, located at the end of Tinker Lane off the Kenai Spur Highway.

Leading the Oilers this year will be rookie head coach Kyle DiEduardo, an assistant with last year's team.

DiEduardo has been re-cruiting top college players from across the country to play in Alaska for the summer, and the team's alumni include current major league stars such as Rich Aurilla, Jeff Cirillo, J.T. Snow, J.D. Drew, John Olerud and Doug Mientkiewicz.

The Oilers have 28 home dates scheduled this season, with teams from Nebraska, California and Oregon visiting Coral Seymour Memorial Park this summer in addition to games against ABL opponents Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, Anchorage Glacier Pilots, Anchorage Bucs, Mat-Su Miners and Athletes In Action-Alaska.

ABL play is highly competitive the Oilers were runners-up at the prestigious National Baseball Congress World Series tournament in 1999, while the past two NBC titles have been claimed by the Glacier Pilots and the Goldpanners. The top two teams in the ABL standings earn a trip to the NBC tournament in Wichita, Kan., at the end of the summer season.

The Oilers won three straight ABL titles from 1998-2000 and will be looking to get back to Wichita for a shot at their fourth NBC title after missing the cut for the tournament for the past two seasons.

General admission for games at Coral Seymour Memorial Park is $3 $2 for seniors and students. Reserved seating in the covered grandstand is $6.

For more information on the Oilers and the Alaska Baseball League, special promotions and ticket packages, call 283-7133 or stop by the team's office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai. The Peninsula Oilers are on the Web at www.oilersbaseball.com.



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