Oilers add coach to staff
The Oilers have added Doug Jumelete to the 2000 coaching staff. The 28-year-old from Roseville, Calif., is presently an assistant at American Rivers Junior College. Jumelete will be replacing second-year Oilers coach David Crain, who was forced to stay home for the summer due to family commitments. Crain did an outstanding job with the 1999 team, but will be ably replaced by Jumelete.
Soldotnas Chris Mabeus was the winning pitcher for Lewis-Clark State College in the semifinal game of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics College World Series Wednesday. Mabeus improved his record to 11-0. He, along with six other prospective Oilers, will be watching eagerly for the results of the Major League draft, which will be held Monday.
The Oilers recently signed a pair of left-handed pitchers: Tyler Johnson of Newbury Park, Calif., and Andrew Perkins. Johnson just concluded his freshman year at Moorpark College while Perkins is a sophomore from Cal Poly Pomona.
The Oilers still have two spots available on the roster and are awaiting the results of the draft for last-minute additions.
Jeff Nichols (Oilers 1997 and 1999) recently received a double dose of good news. The senior from Rice University underwent successful surgery and, on appeal, received a red-shirt waiver allowing him to return for another season with the Owls. Nichols has started a vigorous rehabilitation program and should be ready for the 2001 season.
This will be the last edition of Oilers Corner until after the 2000 season. Oilers information will be available in the Peninsula Clarion, on KSRM 920 AM and on the World Wide Web site at www.kenai.net/penoilbb. Fans also can call 283-7133 for up-to-date information.
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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