Jason Anderson of the University of Illinois was named pitcher of the year for the Big Ten Conference. The junior pitched a 12-inning, complete-game victory over Oilers head coach Gary Adcock and the Purdue Boilermakers in the first game of the Big Ten tournament this week.
The 1997 Kansas City Royals sixth-round draft pick gave up two runs early and then fought through two rain delays, one of which was over two hours, to earn his 12th victory.
Andersons teammates Chris Basak and Luke Simmons, who are slated to join the Oilers for the 2000 season, scored three of the six runs for the victorious Fighting Illini. Shortstop Basak and designated hitter Simmons also were named Big Ten all-conference players.
Former American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins pitcher Mike Smith has signed with the Oilers for the 2000 season. The right-hander from Sterling has just completed his freshman season at Eastern Arizona Junior College. Eastern Arizona is coached by former Oiler player, assistant coach and head coach Jim Bagnall.
Season tickets are now on sale at the Oilers office on the corner of Cook and Main streets in Kenai. For more information, go to the Oilers Web site at www.kenai.net/penoilbb or call 283-7133.
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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