Official Game Day Program
May 28-June 1, 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter from the President Team Roster Team History Player Profiles Team Preview Records Season Schedule Promotional Schedule Special Events Oil City Stadium City of Whiting
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4 May 27, 2014 Dear Oilmen Fans, Since we announced the creation of the Oilmen back in February of 2012 we have received a very warm welcome from everyone here in town as well as across the Region and we are very appreciative of it! It is hard to believe, but this year marks the 3rd season for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen and we are proud to call Oil City Stadium and Whiting, Indiana our home! Our staff has been working hard to make this season exciting and memorable for all of our fans. One of the key initiatives that we are undertaking this year is to work with our local and regional non-profits to help them achieve their fund raising goals. Our “Opening Night” is a salute to our Whiting High School’s Science Olympiads. Their team of bright science minded students qualified for a trip to the national competition in Florida after finishing 2nd in the State of Indiana competition, so to help them make this trip we partnered with them to fund raise; the students sold tickets and earned 50% of the sales for their cause. We have partnered with other similar organizations as well. On June 12th we will help raise funds for the ALS Chapter of Chicago to “Strike Out ALS” and on June 17th we have partnered with the students of Nathan Hale on their Green Initiative to help raise monies for the Whiting Education Fund. On Wednesday, May 28th we host our first “Paint The Game Pink” event that coincides with the month long “Paint the Town Pink” efforts to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. We will be raffling our “Pink Jerseys and Bats” toward the cause as well. Additionally we are contributing a portion of ticket sales and the entire proceeds from split the pot for the night. This is an important cause our organization and a personal one for my family and we are very proud to be a part of the city’s efforts. We have lots of fun planned for Oil City this summer. Some of the highlights include celebrating Oilman Stan’s 3rd birthday on June 6th, which is also the very first “Friday Family Night” sponsored by BP. All kids under 12 years old get free admission to the game every Friday we play at home. This is our way of creating an affordable fun destination for your family budget. Make sure you plan to bring your children to the game that night to sing happy birthday to our beloved mascot Oilman Stan. Other events include a Friday the 13th Zombie Apocalypse and Salute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. “Super Hero Night” is planned for June 14th, our annual “Bark In The Park” night is taking place on Saturday June 21st, so bring your pooch to the park and help Whiting’s “Gimme Shelter” raise money for our four legged friends. It will certainly be a “Howling” good night! Make sure you check out our section on “Special Events.” In closing, let me say on behalf of our entire staff and ownership thank you for your continued support. Now for the best words to be heard in any sport; it’s time to “Play Ball” Oilmen fans. Sincerely, Don Popravak President
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TEAM ROSTER NAME Catchers Alec Ornelas Andrew Ray
HEIGHT WEIGHT BATS THROWS COLLEGE (HIGH SCHOOL)
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197 lbs 195 lbs
Central Michigan University (Lincoln Way East) Northern Illinois University (Michigan City)
Infielders Ryan Burvan Brodie Meyer
5' 11" 6' 0"
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Purdue University (Lake Central) Butler University (Chicago Christian)
Kevin DeFilippis James Meeker Nick Vogelmeier Nate Schneider
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Notre Dame (Providence Catholic) Akron (North Allegheny) Western Michigan (Lake Orion) Western Michigan (Portage Central)
Outfielders Rob Blissitt, Jr. Larry Crisler Jason Gasser Craig Dedelow Mac Hudgins
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Cincinnati (Thornwood) Indiana University (Bishop Noll) Northern Illinois University (Mount Carmel) Indiana University (Munster) Notre Dame (Providence Catholic)
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Northern Illinois University (Portage) Ball State (Munster) University of Dayton (Lake Central) Akron (East) UW-Whitewater (Whiting) Hill College (Kingwood) Heartland Community College (Highland) Ohio University (Crown Point) Wabash College (Kankakee Valley) Butler University (Munster) Central Michigan University (Lake Central) Valparaiso University (Munster) Kentucky Wesleyan University (Bishop Noll)
Pitchers Kevin Jones 5' 11" Anthony Gomez 6' 0" Aaron Glatt 6’2” Myles McVeigh 6' 4" Andrew Lowe 6' 2" Cameron Linck 6' 2" Keith Mahler 6' 6" Nick Nauracy 6’1” Andrew Jackson 6’5” Danny Pobereyko 6' 5" Jimmy McNamara 6' 2" Scott Jerge 6' 0" Matt Pobereyko 6' 1"
LOOKING BACK BEFORE MOVING FORWARD OUR TEAM’S HISTORY A new energy was brought to the City of Whiting on Feb. 28, 2012, when the Northwest Indiana Oilmen baseball team was officially born. The club held a press conference at Whiting City Hall as owner Don Popravak, former White Sox star and co-owner Ron Kittle and Mayor Joe Stahura announced that the Oilmen would join the Midwest Collegiate League and play their home games at Oil City Stadium, a 1,100-seat venue in downtown Whiting. “We came up with a club name that exemplified the essence of both the community and the region as well as the hard-working people of this area over the last century,” Popravak said at the press conference. Since then, the Oilmen have done just that, finding tremendous success in each of their first two seasons and providing Northwest Indiana baseball fans with a great product on the field. The Oilmen wasted no time in hoisting their first trophy, winning the Midwest Collegiate League in their inaugural 2012 season by sweeping through the MCL postseason with four straight wins over DuPage and DeKalb. The Oilmen clinched the title with a 6-2 victory over DeKalb on August 5, 2012. A year later, the Oilmen returned to the MCL Championship Series and finished as the league runner-up. The Midwest Collegiate League rosters are comprised of college-level baseball players, who compete in the league during the summer months while school is out of session. Since day one, the Oilmen organization has made a commitment to representing Northwest Indiana. The team gives fans a chance to see many local high school products that have gone on to find success in the college ranks. Each season, the Oilmen roster
has featured a combination of local and non-local players. Manager Justin Huisman has been at the helm for every game the team has played, guiding the NWI Oilmen to an all-time record of 62-32 through the end of the 2013 season. The Oilmen have been very difficult to beat at Oil City Stadium, recording a 41-16 mark at home through two seasons. Huisman had a successful professional baseball career in the Rockies, Royals, Mariners and Astros organizations that included a stint in the big leagues with Kansas City in 2004. Each summer, there is one unique day where fans at Oil City Stadium may find themselves rooting against their beloved Oilmen. The United States Military All-Star team came to Northwest Indiana on July 1, 2012 and exactly a year later on July 1, 2013. In both cases, a capacity crowd was on-hand for a moving pregame ceremony to honor America’s heroes, followed by the game between the Oilmen and U.S. Military team. During the summer of 2013, the league’s brightest stars made their way to Whiting for the annual Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game. Scouts from the White Sox, Phillies, Yankees and Rangers looked on as the South (Oilmen, South Vikings and Lexington Snipes) bested the North (Rockford Foresters, Chicago Zephyrs and DuPage County Hounds) 12-4. Ten different Oilmen saw action in the game. The list of colleges whose players have worn an Oilman uniform include Purdue, Butler, Notre Dame, Akron, Cincinnati, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Western Kentucky, Toledo, Valparaiso and the University of Illinois-Chicago, among others. With a winning tradition already established through the team’s first two seasons, expectations, excitement and energy are at an all-time high as the Oilmen compete in the 2014 campaign.
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8 AARON GLATT SCHERERVILLE, IN P UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON
Aaron Glatt is eager to finally put on the uniform and take the field in a game situation again after redshirting as a freshman at the University of Dayton. This summer, Glatt is reunited with former Lake Central High School teammates Jimmy McNamara and Ryan Burvan. Glatt’s repertoire features a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, changeup and occasional curveball.
ANTHONY GOMEZ MUNSTER, IN P BALL STATE UNIVERSITY Left-hander Anthony Gomez joined Ball State’s pitching staff as a walk-on this year. The Munster graduate attended several games at Oil City Stadium as a fan in seasons past while watching relative Jim Hinkleman.
Andrew Jackson is one of three players on this year’s Oilmen team to play for the club directly after their senior season of high school. The summer will serve as a chance for Jackson to get a taste of facing college hitters before moving on to Wabash College next year. The left-handed pitcher recently completed his senior year at Kankakee Valley High School.
SCOTT JERGE MUNSTER, IN P VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY Scott Jerge is no stranger to baseball in Northwest Indiana. After a strong high school career at Munster that culminated with a Second-Team All-Conference distinction his senior season, Jerge moved on to Valparaiso, where he is a sophomore relief pitcher for the Crusaders. For the second straight year, Jerge is also spending his summer in Northwest Indiana as a member of the Oilmen.
9 KEVIN JONES PORTAGE, IN P NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Kevin Jones was one of the top pitchers in Northwest Indiana while playing at Portage this season. The 2014 Portage graduate has played at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Target Field in Minnesota, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
CAMERON LINCK P HILL COLLEGE
Cameron Linck started the year weighing 150 pounds, throwing 84 miles per hour and ranking 18th on the Hill College pitching depth chart. He has since bulked up to 175 pounds, increased his velocity to 89 mph and leapfrogged to the No. 3 spot in the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rotation. Hill College coach Chris Rateike described him as a real competitor who works extremely hard.
ANDREW LOWE WHITING, IN P UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN- WHITEWATER Andrew Lowe is sure to be a fan favorite this summer as he becomes the second Whiting High School graduate to play for the Oilmen in team history. Lowe never got the chance to play at Oil City Stadium in high school, as his senior season (2010) was the final year the Oilers played at Lakefront Park. He pitched at Oil City Stadium last summer as a visiting player with the Chicago Zephyrs.
KEITH MAHLER HIGHLAND, IN P HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE Highland graduate Keith Mahler throws a changeup, slider and fastball, topping out at 92 miles per hour. He battled through shoulder issues this winter, but has now reached full health. While playing at Highland, Mahler posted a perfect 10-0 record and a sparkling 1.79 earned run average as a senior in 2011.
10 JIMMY McNAMARA DYER, IN P CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Jimmy McNamara is back a familiar territory this summer, now in his second year as the ace of the Oilmen pitching staff. The Lake Central alum posted a 1.18 earned run average in eight games last year. He led the Oilmen starting pitchers in ERA in addition to holding a 4-0 record.
MYLES McVEIGH CHEYENNE, WY P UNIVERSITY OF AKRON Junior Myles McVeigh has returned to the Akron pitching staff after missing the 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery. He is a native of Cheyenne, Wyo. and is the only player in Oilmen history to ever hail from the state of Wyoming.
NICK NAURACY CROWN POINT, IN P OHIO UNIVERSITY Nick Nauracy joins the Oilmen after completing his junior season at Ohio University. The righthanded pitcher was cut from the Crown Point baseball team as a freshman, sophomore and junior. The persistent Nauracy made the team as a senior and pitched the Bulldogs to a regional championship. He eventually earned his way on to a Division-I roster at Ohio after two years at Vincennes.
MUNSTER, IN DANNY POBEREYKO P BUTLER UNIVERSITY Danny Pobereyko is back for his second summer with the Oilmen after earning a spot in the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star game a season ago. He recorded a 5.02 earned run average and struck out 14 while getting his first test of college competition after graduating from Bishop Noll in 2013.
11 MATT POBEREYKO MUNSTER, IN P KENTUCKY WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY Matt Pobereyko joins brother Danny as members of the Oilmen for the second consecutive year. The reigning MCL All-Star settled into a late-inning role as the Oilmen closer in 2013. He posted a 2.25 ERA while establishing a new Midwest Collegiate League record with five saves.
RYAN BURVAN 2B PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Ryan Burvan is reunited with former Lake Central High School teammate Jimmy McNamara. Burvan scored the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory over Indianapolis Roncalli in the 2012 Class 4A Indiana High School Athletic Association State Championship. During his senior season at Lake Central, Burvan hit a robust .491 while shattering the school record for runs scored (51) and hits (57).
KEVIN DeFILIPPIS HOMER GLEN, IL SS UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
The highlight of Kevin DeFilippisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college career came on March 10, 2013 when he stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning of a tied game between No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 10 Oklahoma. With runners at first and third and one out, DeFilippis delivered a walk-off single, jumping on the first pitch in his first at-bat of the year. DeFilippis graduated from Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill., where he batted .475 with a .603 on-base percentage as a senior.
JAMES MEEKER WEXFORD, PA 3B UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
Although he just completed his freshman season, James Meeker immediately found regular playing time with the Akron Zips this year. Meeker, a native of Wexford, Penn., turned in the only perfect game in North Allegheny High School history on April 6, 2013.
12 PALOS HEIGHTS, IL BRODIE MEYER 2B BUTLER UNIVERSITY Brodie Meyer posted a .527 on-base percentage as a senior at Chicago Christian. He played second base as a junior before shifting to the left side of the infield for his senior season. Since joining the Bulldogs, Meyer has focused on improving his arm strength by playing long toss and lifting in the weight room.
NATE SCHNEIDER PORTAGE, MI 3B WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Freshman Nate Schneider joined his brother Derek at Western Michigan this season after the two played together in high school with father Paul Schneider serving as their head coach. Schneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athleticism and versatility are two of his strongest attributes on the playing field.
NICK VOGELMEIER LAKE ORION, MI SS WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Freshman Nick Vogelmeier was a member of back-to-back district championship teams while attending Lake Orion High School in Michigan. His arm strength and speed have both improved drastically since he joined the Broncos.
ROB BLISSITT, JR. MARKHAM, IL OF UNIVERSITY OF CINNCINNATI Rob Blissitt Jr. was a second-team all-area selection as a senior at Thornwood High School in Illinois. He compiled a .354 batting average and drove in 19 runs as a senior. Cincinnati coach Ty Neal describes Blissitt as a high-energy guy who plays with a lot of heart and passion.
13 LARRY CRISLER OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Larry Crisler was named to the Times of Northwest Indiana and Post-Tribune all-area teams as a junior in high school. He just completed his senior season at Bishop Noll, where he was a standout in both baseball and basketball.
CRAIG DEDELOW MUNSTER, IN OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Munster graduate Craig Dedelow immediately opened eyes during his freshman campaign at Indiana University, a team that was coming off its first College World Series appearance in school history. He posted the team’s highest batting average during its fall season.
JASON GASSER DYER, IN OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
Jason Gasser is no stranger to participating in a winning baseball program after helping Mount Carmel to a state championship as a senior in high school. Gasser earned the 2013 Chicago SunTimes Baseball Player of the Year and 2013 Times Illinois Player of the Year distinctions. Oilmen manager Justin Huisman is also a former Times Illinois Player of the Year, having won the award in 1997 during his high school days at Thornwood.
MAC HUDGINS RICHMOND, VA OF UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Mac Hudgins joins Notre Dame teammate Kevin DeFilippis on the Oilmen roster. He was one of the team’s most productive offensive players as a junior with the Fighting Irish this season. Douglas Freeman High School coach Ray Moore calls Hudgins the best defensive outfielder he has ever coached.
14 ALEC ORNELAS MOKENA, IL C CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Alec Ornelas is making his return to the Midwest Collegiate League after playing with the Southland Vikings in 2012. The Lincoln Way East graduate posted a .358 average and was named to the All-Southwest Suburban Conference team his senior year of high school. Ornelas is back to full health after undergoing hamate surgery last summer.
ANDREW RAY MICHIGAN CITY, IN C NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Michigan City graduate Andrew Ray joins Northern Illinois roommate Jason Gasser on the Oilmen roster this summer. In high school, Ray was named to the 2013 All Duneland Athletic Conference team as a utility player. He listed victories over LaPorte his junior and senior seasons as the highlights of his prep career.
JUSTIN HUISMAN MANAGER
CROWN POINT, IN
Justin Huisman has been the manager of the Northwest Indiana Oilmen since the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 2012. Huisman is also the head coach at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. During his playing days, Huisman was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 15th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Ole Miss. He played eight years of professional baseball including a stint in the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals in 2004.
ADAM ENRIGHT COACH
Munster graduate Adam Enright is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen. Enright played collegiate baseball at both South Suburban College and the University of Southern Indiana. He is current an assistant coach to Oilmen manager Justin Huisman at Trinity Christian College.
15 OILMAN STAN MASCOT
Oilman Stan is the official mascot for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen. Stan is in his third year as the team mascot. The mascot originated from the blue collar workers that work at BP in Whiting. Oilman Stan’s birthday is June 6. This year on June 6 the Northwest Indiana Oilmen play against Michigan City Lakers and the team plans to hold a birthday bash to celebrate the birthday of Oilman Stan.
2014 TEAM PREVIEW WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE OILMEN THIS SEASON The last two summers, Northwest Indiana Oilmen fans have grown accustomed to seeing local talent and a winning baseball team whenever they attend a game at Oil City Stadium. This year, the Oilmen hope to provide even more of both. The Oilmen, who will vie for their third trip to the Midwest Collegiate League championship series in just their third year in existence, will showcase a roster comprised of mostly players who live in Northwest Indiana or Illinois. Nearly every prominent Indiana Division-I baseball program (Purdue, Butler, Notre Dame, Indiana, Ball State and Valparaiso) will have at least one representative on the roster, something Oilmen manager Justin Huisman believes will help draw fans to the ballpark. “If they’ve heard of them in high school or if they’re going to schools that are close by that are their favorite teams, it definitely helps get people in the seats,” Huisman said. “Then, on top of that, if they’re winning and they’re doing it in a fun fashion, people are going to hear about it and want to come out.” In addition to the aforementioned in-state schools, Division-I programs Akron, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois University, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dayton and Central Michigan will be represented on the Oil City Stadium diamond. The Oilmen posted a 2013 regular season record of 27-15, good enough for second place in the MCL standings. After recording two consecutive first-round victories over Lexington, the Oilmen dropped back-to-back games to Southland in the league finals. “I would say this year’s roster is similar to last year’s, but even better as far as getting some of the top Division-I local talent,” Huisman said. “I’m kind of coming into it just like everybody else, not knowing what to expect out of them, but knowing that they had great high school careers and coaches are saying good things about them at good programs.” There are four returnees, all pitchers, from last year’s roster. Brothers Danny and Matt Pobereyko, who are Bishop Noll graduates, are joined by Lake Central alum Jimmy McNamara and Munster product Scott Jerge. McNamara, a left-hander from Central Michigan University, led the 2013 Oilmen starting staff with a 1.18 earned run average to go along with a 4-0 record in the regular season. McNamara also issued just seven walks against 35 strikeouts in seven starts and one relief appearance. Matt Pobereyko established the Midwest Collegiate League saves record with five while compiling a 2.25 ERA. “Those guys did a great job last year,” Huisman said. “More than that, they’re just great guys. They’re good teammates and fun to be around. They love baseball and have a passion for it.”
The four returners will be joined on the pitching staff by three other locals in Ball State left-hander Anthony Gomez (Munster), NIU commit Kevin Jones (Portage) and UW-Whitewater hurler Andrew Lowe (Whiting), Heartland’s Keith Mahler (Highland), Wabash’s Andrew Jackson (Kankakee Valley), Ohio’s Nick Nauracy (Crown Point), Dayton’s Aaron Glatt (Lake Central), Hill College’s Cameron Linck and Akron’s Myles McVeigh will also pitch for the Oilmen. Two Indiana Hoosiers will roam the Oilmen outfield as Munster graduate and IU freshman Craig Dedelow teams up with Bishop Noll High School senior and Indiana commit Larry Crisler. Dedelow led the Hoosiers, who went to the College World Series for the first time in school history a year ago, in batting average during the fall season. Rob Blissitt of Cincinnati, Mac Hudgins of Notre Dame and Jason Gasser of NIU round out the Oilmen outfield. The infield will feature a pair of Western Michigan Broncos in Nick Vogelmeier and Nate Schneider, who will be joined by Brodie Meyer (Butler), James Meeker (Akron) and former Lake Central High School star Ryan Burvan (Purdue). The catching core is comprised of McNamara’s Central Michigan battery mate Alec Ornelas and Michigan City High School grad Andrew Ray (NIU). “I’ll be kind of feeling them out the first few weeks to see what type of ball we can play,” Huisman said. “Are we a small-ball type team or are we a power-type team? Once you get them all together and you see what they’re capable of, you can kind of map out what the season’s going to look like and how you want to approach it.” The third year of collegiate baseball in Whiting will get underway on Tuesday, May 27, when the Oilmen host the Southland Vikings in a rematch of the 2013 MCL Championship. The Oilmen will host a mid-summer exhibition with the U.S. Military All-Star team for the third consecutive year. The game will take place on Tuesday, July 1 in a special patriotic showcase of America and the national pastime. Oil City Stadium will also host the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star game for the second season in a row and the third time in the last four years. The Rockford Foresters, who played all road games last season, have rebranded as the Joliet Admirals and will play their home games at Joliet Junior College. “Every year, it seems like the talent in the league has gotten better and better,” Huisman said. “Last year, for the most part the main four or five teams were pretty even competition wise and were battling with each other. I expect it to be the same this year, where the talent level is going to be more evened out, and hopefully we can rise above it.”
HOME GAMES MAY 27 MAY 28 JUNE 4 JUNE 5 JUNE 6 JUNE 10 JUNE 12 JUNE 13 JUNE 14 JUNE 15 JUNE 17 JUNE 19 JUNE 20 JUNE 21 JUNE 25 JUNE 26 JUNE 27 JULY 1 JULY 4 JULY 5 JULY 9 JULY 11 JULY 12 JULY 15 JULY 17 JULY 18 JULY 19 JULY 20 JULY 23
Southland Vikings Lexington Snipes Southland Vikings DuPage County Hounds Michigan City Lakers Illinois Sparks Southland Vikings Joliet Admirals Chicago Zephyrs Lexington Snipes Michigan City Lakers Chicago Zephyrs Joliet Admirals Chicago Zephyrs Chicago Zephyrs Joliet Admirals DuPage County Hounds Military All-Stars Southland Vikings Southland Vikings MCL All-Star Game Lexington Snipes DuPage County Hounds Illinois Sparks Joliet Admirals Lexington Snipes DuPage County Hounds Chicago Zephyrs Southland Vikings
SPECIAL EVENTS MAY 27 MAY 28 JUNE 6 JUNE 12 JUNE 13 JUNE 14 JUNE 15 JUNE 17 JUNE 21 JULY 1 JULY 4 JULY 9 JULY 12 JULY 23 AUG 15
Opening Night 2014 Season Paint the Game Pink Oilman Stan’s Birthday Bash Strike Out ALS Night Zombie Apocalypse Night Super Heroes Night Father’s Day Green Day Bark in the Park U.S. Military All-Stars 4th of July Celebration MCL All-Star Game Celebración Noche Latina Fan Appreciation Night American English: Tribute to the Beatles
Games Played – Craig Austgen, 57 Hits – Austgen, 60 RBIs – Nick Bartolone, 37 Home Runs – Billy Miller, 3 Runs Scored – Leiff Clarkson, 34 Starts – Tait Rauen, 9 Games Pitched – Aveeno Nasiloski, 17 Wins – Danny Britt, 7 Strikeouts – Andy Wellwerts, 48
SINGLE GAME RECORDS
Most Runs Batted In by a Player in a Single Game… 7 by Nick Bartolone on June 30, 2013 Most Hits by a Player in a Single Game… 5 by Nick Bartolone on June 30, 2013 (15-inning game vs. DuP) & Jack Czeszewski on July 31, 2013 (a 17-9 victory over Lexington in the opening round of the playoffs game two) Most Strikeouts for a pitcher in a game… 10 by Josh Negele on July 31, 2013 vs. DuPage Home Runs… 2 by Billy Miller on July 16, 2012, an 11-5 loss to Southland Stolen Bases… 3 on July 26, 2012 by Elliot Bajda & June 21, 2012 by Brandon Krieg
SINGLE SEASON FRANCHISE RECORDS Single Season Franchise Records Batting Average- John Loeffler, .387 in 2012 Home Runs- Billy Miller, 3 in 2012 Runs Batted In- Nick Bartolone, 37 in 2013 Base on Balls- Jack Czeszewski, 30 in 2013 Hit By Pitchs- Elliot Bajda, 9 in 2012 Stolen Bases- Jack Czeszewski, 22 in 2013 Triples- Craig Austgen, 4 in 2012 Earned Run Average- Aveeno Nasiloski, 0.84 ERA in 2013 Strikeouts- Michael Steensen, 43 in 2013 Wins- Danny Britt, 7 in 2012 Saves- Matt Pobereyko, 5 in 2013 Innings Pitched- Steensen, 53.1 IP in 2013 Complete Games- Steensen, 3 in 2013 Defensive Assists- Leiff Clarkson, 107 in 2013 Errors- Bennett Oliver, 16 in 2012 Sac Flies- Nick Bartolone, 6 in 2013 Runs- Leiff Clarkson, 34 in 2013 Hits- Leiff Clarkson, 50 in 2013 Doubles- Bennett Oliver, 13 in 2012
Founded/First Season… 2012 Home Field (Capacity)… Oil City Stadium (1,300) Manager… Justin Huisman (62-32 overall, 56-30 in league games) All-Time Team Record… 62-32, 56-30 in MCL Games over two seasons Home Record… 41-16 (38-15 in MCL) Road Record… 21-16 Playoff Appearances… 2012, 2013 Playoff Record… 6-2 Playoff Home Record… 3-1 Playoff Road Record… 3-1 MCL Championship Appearances… 2012, 2013 Midwest Collegiate League Titles… 2012
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Winning is everything when fighting for Breast Cancer, so join us to fight for the cure. Special auctions and 10% of all ticket sales will be donated for the cause. Come to show your support!
SUN JUNE 15
Celebrate Father’s Day at Oil City Stadium! Watch the Northwest Indiana Oilmen face the Lexington Snipes then play catch with Dad after the game.
WED JULY 9
“Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game” Watch as the Midwest Collegiate League’s brightest talent plays at the Whiting Oil City Stadium.
FRI JUNE 6
Oilman Stan’s third birthday! Help us sing happy birthday and blow out his candles. It’s also Family Friday: Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE!
TUE JUNE 17
Green Day: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Half of our ticket sales will benefit Nathan Hale’s 3 R’s Project that supports the Whiting Education Foundation.
SAT JULY 12
Latin Night at Oil City Stadium! Watch the Northwest Indiana Oilmen play the DuPage County Hounds as we Celebrate Hispanic heritage with traditional music and dancing.
THU JUNE 12
Strike out ALS! Help fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Half of our ticket sales will benefit the ALS Chicago Chapter.
SAT JUNE 21
Bark in the Park! Bring your dog along as you watch the Northwest Indiana Oilmen play the Chicago Zephyrs.
WED JULY 23
It’s Fan Appreciation Night at Oil City Stadium. The Zooperstars have come to help us celebrate.
FRI JUNE 13
What better way to spend Friday the 13th than with a Zombie Apocalypse! Watch the Northwest Indiana Oilmen face the Joliet Admirals and take part in our salute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
TUE JULY 1
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen will host their third annual exhibition against the U.S. Military All-Stars on July 1. This year’s U.S. Military game will feature an appearance from the Human Cannonball.
FRI AUG 15
It’s a Tribute to the Beatles 50th Anniversary of coming to the U.S. so come together and single along to the Beatles’ songs.
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1700 119TH ST, WHITING, IN 46394 The Northwest Indiana Oilmen call Oil City Stadium home. Located in downtown Whiting, Indiana, the stadium provides a great place for local family fun and seats over 1,500 fans. Built in 2011, the park was the first phase of the City of Whiting's $50 million Lake Front Development Project. It was designed by American Structurepoint Inc. and Context, LLC, and built by Powers & Sons Construction Company, Inc. The name Oil City Stadium celebrates Whiting's history as a refinery town tucked away in the northwest corner of Indiana for over 120 years. The BP Refinery, located just beyond they outfield fence is a constant reminder of the blue collar attitude Whiting was built on. Oil City Stadium at Standard Diamonds Park is also home to the Whiting High School and the Calumet College of St. Joseph baseball teams.
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REFINING THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY The city of Whiting, Indiana is a Southern Shores Community that was born off the railroads and the Standard Oil Company in 1889. Whiting has wellknown historic buildings, the Andrew Carnegie library, and the Hoosier Theatre. Whiting cherishes its history and continues to celebrate its traditions, and has even been recognized for being a Tree City USA for 19 consecutive years. It’s not just the people who live in Whiting that recognize how unique it is; Whiting has also been featured on “Today in America”, “Food Network” and more! Whiting is ideally located 20 minutes from Chicago, so there’s a city style living with a small town feel which fits perfectly for the population of over 5,000 people who live here. The city of Whiting has streets named after city founders, specializing in unique shops and family owned businesses, and of rich ethnic heritage and diversity. The festivals, summer concerts, and parades in Whiting are known about around the country, especially the famous “Pierogi Fest” which has had a crowd of over 250,000 to come celebrate in this three day event. Whiting offers dining, recreation, entertainment and family fun. It’s the perfect location to host our own Northwest Indiana baseball team!
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