Oilers players, coach named All-ABL

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2004

Three Peninsula Oilers and their coach were named to the 2004 All-Alaska Baseball team, voted on by members of the media who regularly cover the Alaska Baseball League and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Infielder Nick Kliebert and pitchers Tim Robertson and Eric Butkiewicz were named to the team while Oilers head coach Aric Thomas was named manager of the year.

As of July 23, Kliebert led the Oilers with a .329 batting average and a .410 on-base percentage. Kliebert is a among the league leaders in runs batted in, doubles and hits. Kliebert is listed as a first baseman on the All-ABL team, though he plays shortstop and second base for the Oilers.

Butkiewicz entered the current series against the Fairbanks Goldpanners with a 1.89 earned run average in his role as a middle reliever for the Oilers. In Wednesday's game, Butkiewicz tied the Oilers' single-season record for most appearances by a pitcher, playing in his 22nd game of the season. He has a 2-1 record with one save.

Robertson leads the league in saves with 10 and has been the Oilers closer all season. Entering the series in Fairbanks, Robertson had a 0.92 earned run average and a 1-1 record.

Thomas was named manager of the year in his first season as the Oilers head coach, guiding the Oilers to a 25-18 overall mark and a 19-14 record in league play. The Oilers were in first place in the league standings before leaving for Fairbanks but now find themselves fighting to make the postseason National Baseball Congress World Series after dropping their first three games in Fairbanks.

Catcher Brian Jeroloman, Alaska Goldpanners

First base Nick Kliebert, Peninsula Oilers

Second base Cameron Blair, Alaska Goldpanners

Third base Isaac Omura, Anchorage Bucs

Shortstop Matt Barber, Athletes in Action Fire

Designated hitter Paul Keck, Alaska Goldpanners

Utility Matt Baty, Anchorage Glacier Pilots

Outfield Brandon Roberts, Anchorage Bucs

Outfield Israel Victor, Athletes in Action Fire

Outfield Travis Bechtel, Anchorage Bucs

Pitcher Garrett Olson, Anchorage Bucs

Pitcher Chris Mason, Mat-Su Miners

Pitcher Tim Robertson, Peninsula Oilers

Pitcher Chris Malone, Mat-Su Miners

Pitcher Sean Timmons, Alaska Goldpanners

Pitcher Eric Butkiewicz, Peninsula Oilers

Manager of the year Aric Thomas, Peninsula Oilers

Player of the year Cameron Blair, Alaska Goldpanners

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