Chance Gerloff, who was set to return for his second season with the Oilers at second base, will not return for the 2007 season. The junior second baseman is from the University of California Irvine. Gerloff appeared in 13 games for the Oilers before suffering a back injury which shut his summer down in 2006. Gerloff hit .256 with four stolen bases and was a big part of the Oilers infield. Gerloff is being replaced by Kyle Melton of Lewis-Clark State College.
In 2007, Melton, a junior, is batting .269 with 18 hits and 17 RBIs for Lewis-Clark, which enters the postseason at 48-4. Melton played two seasons at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. He earned second-team all-league honors both seasons. Melton hit .353 as a freshman and then .404 last season. Melton is majoring in kinesiology and calls Hamilton, Mont., home.
Toby Davis, who will play third base for the Oilers this summer, was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending April 29. In the four games played by Seward County Community College that week, Davis batted .538 with five runs scored, a double, two home runs and seven RBIs.
Also, Oilers outfielder Mike Dabbs was named the Most Valuable Player in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division for Cowley College. At the time of the award, Dabbs led Cowley in hits (77), runs scored (55), RBIs (58), doubles (14), total bases (118) and times hit by pitch (11). He is also second on the team in home runs (7), triples (3), slugging percentage (.581) and stolen bases (10).
Oilers Corner is provided by Shawn P. Maltby, the general manager of the Alaska Baseball League team.
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