Ten players will represent Oilmen in All-Star game at their own park
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent July 5, 2013 8:56PM
Whiting Oilmen's Michael Steensen throws a pitch against the Chicago Zephyrs in the first inning during their game held at Oil City Stadium in Whiting on Friday June 14, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
If you go
Midwest COllegiate League All-Star Game
When: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Oil City Stadium
Tickets: Starting at $8
WHITING — The Midwest Collegiate League’s top team will also be its most well-represented squad at Tuesday’s MCL All-Star game, as the Northwest Indiana Oilmen will be represented by a league-high 10 players on the South All-Stars.
Five pitchers and five hitters will be at the game, which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start Tuesday at Oil City Stadium.
Oilmen manager Justin Huisman, who will also be in the dugout as the manager for the South All-Stars, explained his process of selecting the team.
“I tried to be unbiased, but you know your players better than the rest of the teams. It’s limited how well you know the other guys, especially with the weather we’ve been having,” he said. “I went with what I’ve seen and by their numbers. It’s exciting that we have as many guys on the team as we do.”
Lake Central product Jimmy McNamara (3-0, 0.39 ERA) and Michael Steensen (2-0, 1.42 ERA) are the two starting pitchers from NWI participating in the All-Star festivities.
The three other pitchers are members of the Oilmen bullpen and products of Hammond schools: Gavit’s Aveeno Nasiloski (1-0, 1 SV, 0.82 ERA) and Bishop Noll graduates Matt (2-0, 2 SV, 0.93 ERA) and Danny Pobereyeko (10.1 IP, 1.74 ERA).
Outfielders Jack Czeszewski and Nick Bartolone top the players nominated from the Oilmen lineup.
Czeszewski leads the league in walks (18) and is ranked second in hits (26) and runs scored (18). Bartolone is hitting .489 in his 11 games for the Oilmen this summer and leads the league with 25 RBI.
Infielders Leiff Clarkson (league-leader with 27 hits and 24 runs) and Gerrad Rohan (.313 batting average) will also be present on Tuesday night, as will catcher Ty Hogan (.304, 4-4 in stolen bases attempts).
It’ll feel awfully close to another home game for the Oilmen, with so many familiar names in the lineup and in the dugout.
“We love playing there. I’m sure the guys will enjoy being closer to home and playing in front of the crowd,” said Huisman. “The biggest challenge is just to get everyone a chance to pitch or get an at-bat. That’s the main thing.”
A former member of the Oilmen — John Livingston — also found his way to the All-Star lineup. Now a member of the Southland Vikings and a graduate of Highland High School, Livingston is hitting .324 for the Vikings this season.