The Peninsula Oilers have resigned Stephen Correa, a sophomore at Pepperdine University.
The 6-foot-6 southpaw made 18 appearances for the 1999 Oilers, ranking him seventh in the single-season category on the Oilers all-time records list. Correa was a 1998 draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers and calls San Jose, Calif., home.
The signing of Correa brings to nine the number of players and coaches returning from the 1999 squad that won its second consecutive Alaska Baseball League championship and finished second at the National Baseball Congress World Series tournament in Wichita, Kan.
It now appears that a shoulder injury suffered earlier this year by Rice University senior Jeff Nichols will be career-ending. Nichols was a member of the 1997 and 1999 Oilers and his earned run average of 2.28 is the third best in Oilers history among pitchers with more than 75 innings pitched.
The injury to Pepperdines Jared Pitney has healed earlier than expected and the senior first baseman was back in the lineup for the Waves last weekend, going 5-for-10 at the plate. Pitney was a member of the 1998 and 1999 Oilers, but has missed almost the entire 2000 college season.
The Oilers will have a uniform change for the new millennium. The 2000 edition cap sports an Alaska logo. To check out the new caps, or for more information about the Oilers, stop by the office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai, or call 283-7133. The Oilers are on the World Wide Web at www.kenai.net/penoilbb.
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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