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Oilmen Weekly: Gavit grad Aveeno Nasiloski has yet to allow a run

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Updated: June 27, 2013 10:04PM



WHITING — There is plenty of pop in the bat of Aveeno Nasiloski.

The 2011 Gavit graduate hit .463 in his senior year, hammering out 16 doubles and driving in 22 runs while also swiping 10 bases, earning a spot on the 2011 Post-Tribune All-Area first team.

At Chicago State this spring, Nasiloski was second on the team in RBI with 16 and his two home runs tied him for the team lead.

But make no mistake: Aveeno Nasiloski can pitch. And it’s on the mound where Nasiloski looks to make his future at Chicago State — and where he’s spending this summer as a member of the NWI Oilmen.

“I’m only pitching this summer,” said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound righthander. “The only reason I got to hit was because a guy got injured and I was the only guy left.”

Nasiloski’s lone plate appearance for the Oilmen this season was a strikeout. On the mound, however, Nasiloski has thrived as part of a dominant Oilmen bullpen.

“My coach wanted me to get about 30 innings of work this summer to keep me sharp for fall practice,” he said.

The plan, according to Nasiloski, was for him to enter into a competition to be the closer for Chicago State in the 2014 season. This summer, he’s making a pretty strong case.

Entering Thursday’s action, Nasiloski has made six appearances out of the Oilmen bullpen, working one inning in each outing. And he’s been frustrating opposing lineups in each stint, as Nasiloski is yet to surrender a run in 2013, allowing just two hits and three walks while also notching a pair of strikeouts.

“He’s throwing his breaking ball for a strike, first of all,” said Oilmen manager Justin Huisman. “Even when he hasn’t thrown his fastball for a strike he’s come back to that in fastball counts and it has kept hitters off-balance.”

Added Nasiloski: “I’m just trying to keep doing what I’ve been doing as long as I can. You have to be prepared for every night because you never know when you’re going to pitch.”

And Nasiloski isn’t the only local athlete running out of the Oilmen bullpen and putting zeroes on the scoreboard. When the former Gladiator hasn’t been stifling opponents, it’s been done by former Bishop Noll Warriors Danny (4 IP, 1.80 ERA) and Matt Pobereyko (6 IP, 1.50 ERA) and former Munster Mustang Jim Hinkleman (8 IP, 2.25 ERA).

“The bullpen, in general, has just done an outstanding job,” said Huisman. “We have a deep staff and I trust all of those guys to come in and do well.”



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