Adrian Schau has signed to return to the Oilers for the 2003 season. The right-hander from Villanova University was the 2002 teams closer and spent a great deal of the season in the outfield. On the mound the junior was credited with two wins against no losses while compiling a 2.02 ERA. The six saves recorded by Schau was good enough to put him on the all-time list for saves. The record is nine and was set by Jeff Bowman in 1999. Nine also is the Oilers career record. As a hitter, Schau highlighted his season with two home runs in a game against the Goldpanners. Schau resides in Novato, Calif., and is studying finance at Villanova. Schau spent the 2002 summer with the Mike and Lisa Ping family of Nikiski.
Daytona Beach Community College pitching coach Pat Leach has agreed to join the Oilers coaching staff for the 2003 season. As well as handling all aspects of the pitching staff at DBCC, Leach also is responsible for recruiting and organizes, plans and instructs the Falcons baseball camps and events. Leach began his college playing career at North Texas Community College, where he was named all-conference first baseman in 1996 and all-conference pitcher in 1997. Pat received his bachelor of arts in secondary education at New Mexico State University where he was honored as the Big West Conference top pitcher in 1999 and holds a spot on the schools Academic Athlete Wall of Honor. In 2000, Leach began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at New Mexico State. Leach is single and presently resides in South Daytona Beach, Fla., and calls Wichita Falls, Texas, his hometown.
Included in the list of former Oilers with noteworthy achievements during the 2002 professional season is Tyler Johnson (Oilers 2000) of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The left-hander was named by Baseball America as one of the top two pitching prospects in the Cardinals system. Johnson had 132 strikeouts, 15 wins, three losses and an ERA of 2.00 in 18 starts at Peoria while being named to baseballs Class A all-star team.
Darren Doskocil (Oilers 1996) of the Northern Independent Leagues Lincoln, Neb., team has been named to Team USA for the American Series Championship in Monterrey, Mexico. The team is made up of minor league free agents and members of independent teams that will represent the United States as it attempts to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Greece. The International Olympic Committee is considering removing baseball from the list of official Olympic sports and a decision is expected soon.
For more information regarding the Alaska Baseball League and the Peninsula Oilers see the teams Web site at www.oilersbaseball.com or visit the teams office on the corner of Cook and Main streets.
Oilers Corner is provided in the offseason by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager for the Alaska Baseball League team.
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