05/28/2014 2:31 PM -
Whiting, Ind. – May 28, 2014 – The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have announced the addition of three players to the team’s roster.
Right-handed pitcher Garrett Sherrell, infielder Anthony Colosimo and catcher Zack Jones have all signed to play with the team this summer.
While playing for the DeKalb County Liners in 2012, Purdue Calumet’s Colosimo recognized the high caliber of play across the Midwest Collegiate League.
Colosimo returns to the MCL this summer, now sporting an Oilmen uniform. The Liners lost to the Oilmen in the Midwest Collegiate League Championship Series when Colosimo played for DeKalb.
“I remember that every time we played at Oil City Stadium, the fans were unbelievable,” Colosimo said. “The fans came out to support the team and it was really a fun time. I still keep in touch with a lot of the people I met while playing for the Liners.”
Colosimo plans to work on improving his speed during the summer. He believes that seeing Division-I pitching over the summer will be beneficial when he returns to Purdue Calumet.
Colosimo’s father works in the Chicago White Sox front office, meaning the family’s summer will be split between Oil City Stadium and U.S. Cellular Field.
“My biggest hobby is going to White Sox games,” Colosimo said. “We go to pretty much every homestand. Whenever there’s not an Oilmen game, that’s probably where I’ll be.”
After playing his freshman season at Harper College, catcher Zack Jones has committed to continue his collegiate career at Trinity Christian College beginning with the 2015 season. Jones will play for Oilmen manager Justin Huisman this summer before joining Huisman’s Trinity roster next season. Jones led the nation in runners caught stealing among all junior college players this season. As a senior in high school, Jones helped Main South to a sectional championship.
“Coach Huisman saw my potential and asked me to be a part of the Oilmen and I graciously accepted,” Jones said. “It’s a great team and I’m excited for the season. So far, everyone on the team has been really friendly. Even though I don’t know anybody, they seem funny and look like great ballplayers.”
Jones becomes the fourth Trinity Christian College players to play for the Oilmen, joining Danny Britt, Billy Miller and Jimmy Hinkleman.
University of Arkansas Little Rock right-handed pitcher Garrett Sherrell was looking for a place to pitch significant innings over the summer following his freshman season with the Trojans. Sherrell was able to find that summer destination by signing with the Northwest Indiana Oilmen.
Sherrell, a graduate of New Albany High School in New Albany, Ind., was connected to the Oilmen through his Arkansas Little Rock coach staff. Oilmen assistant coach Adam Enright is a former Arkansas Little Rock assistant coach.
“This summer, I want to work on mechanics and being able to go out there and throw the ball,” Sherrell said. “My mechanics are getting better and this summer will give me the chance to go out there and work on them on the mound.”
New Albany won sectional championships three straight years Sherrell’s freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. He participated in the North-South All-Star Game as a senior.