Oilers Corner

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2001

Kahoalii to return to Oilers

Creighton Kahoalii has signed to return to the Oilers for the 2002 season.

The sophomore catcher from the University of California was the mainstay of the Oilers catching corps in 2001. Kahoalii is from Fremont, Calif., and is majoring in American studies at the Pac-10 school.

The Oilers 2002 schedule has been completed and may be found on the team's Web site at www.oilersbaseball.com or by stopping by the Oilers office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.

The team opens play on June 8, hosting the second annual Oilers Preseason Hardball Tournament. The tournament will run for three days and in addition to the Oilers, participants will include the Mat-Su Miners, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and the North County Waves of Oceanside, Calif.

All three guests participated in the 2001 National Baseball Congress World Series Tournament in Wichita, Kan. In America's most prestigious amateur tournament, the Glacier Pilots were crowned champions and the Waves finished third after being eliminated by Anchorage in the semifinal round.

The 2002 Hardball Tournament will feature eight games at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Oilers will have a total of 27 home dates, with negotiations under way to add an additional pair of games in July against the the national team of Greece, host of the 2004 Summer Olympics.

With the college baseball season ending later in 2002 and the earlier scheduling for the NBC tournament, the Oilers will conclude home play July 18 and finish play in Alaska at the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Tournament, slated to wrap up Aug. 2.

Days off will be at a premium this summer with only five scheduled -- two of which may be lost to game with the national team of Greece.

Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. For more information, contact the Oilers at 293-7133 or stop by the office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.

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