Pitcher/Designated Hitter #30 Dominic Cuoci earns "Player of the Week" honors from the CVCL for his play in the final week before the All-Star break! As of 7/11/16 Cuoci is leading the Oilers in batting average, currently batting .391. Cuoci is also leading the league in homers and RBI's with 10 HRs on the season and 35 runs batted in. On the mound Dominic has found the same success as he is currently 4-0 with 33 strikeouts on the season and a 1.77 earned run average! When asked about what kind of impact Cuoci has on overall team success Manager Marshall McDonald responded "Being a two way guy that has an ERA under 2 and leading the league in home runs is just unheard of. It's a relieving feeling to be able to write his name on the lineup card everyday."
Article by: Ryan Ellis
CUOCI EARNS CAROLINA VIRGINIA HONORS
OILERS NAME 6 ALL-STARS
OILERS NAME NEW COACHES
Born and raised in Greenville SC, Austin "Goat" Lynch attended nearby Limestone College where he played baseball and studied Physical Education with a minor in Coaching. He is currently is working on his masters degree in Sports and Business Management from Concordia Irvine in California.
Goat started his coaching career as an assistant coach at 4A Wade Hampton high school in 06, where he later was named head coach of the Generals from 2010 through 2014. During that time he managed BJ Hyatt (former 4th rd pick), Champ Rowland (Currently in the Cardinals organization), Kyle Martin (3rd rd pick and currently in the Phillies organization), KJ Bryant (starting OF for the Clemson Tigers),
Jordan Ford (starting SS at D1 USC Upstate), and Tyler Thornton (former College of Charleston Regional MVP in the Florida Regional).
Goat has spent his summers as head of the Greenville Post 3 Warbirds who made the state tournament 3 out of his 5 seasons as head coach and were ranked #1 in the state for the majority of the time during those seasons. When not coaching American Legion baseball during the summer he was coaching the Spartanburg Blue Eagles a college wood bat summer team in the SCBL. Goat has been employed at a couple indoor baseball facilities including Frozen Ropes and Phillips Baseball where he also coached many travel ball teams out of those facilities. Where many D1 and professional players came out of. Wes Rogers (Rockies), Cory Thompson (Reds), Roman Osuna (Braves), just to name a few. Goat started his college coaching career at Division 1 Furman University as a the volunteer assistant coach, under head coach Ron Smith. Goat is now in his first season coaching at Division 2 Southern Wesleyan University where he is charge of hitters and outfielders as well as recruiting duties, under head coach Mike Gillespie.
Lynch (center) coaching first base at Furman University
Lenoir Oilers Capture 2016 CVCL Championship!
Lenoir Oilers defeat the defending champion Catawba Valley Stars 10-5 for 2016 Championship and become the fifth different CVCL champion in the past five seasons
The Carolina Virginia Collegiate League has announced its postseason award winners for the 2016 summer season. The 2016 CVCL Player of the Year award has been given to Lenoir Oilers' standout Dominic Cuoci. The St. Joe's product enjoyed an outstanding summer season for the Oilers and also helped Lenoir capture the 2016 CVCL Championship. Cuoci finished the year ranking third in batting with a .391 average while leading the CVCL in homeruns (14) and RBI's (51). Cuoci also added twelve doubles to lead the CVCL and narrowly missed out on capturing the CVCL's second offensive triple crown. In addtion to an outstanding offensive campaign in 2016, Cuoci shined on the mound for the Oilers. Cuoci finished the season with a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.43 earned run average while holding opponents to a minimal .174 batting average.
Dominic Cuoci Named CVCL Player of the Year
Alex Minton is certainly a familiar face for any Oiler fan as he could be found behind the dish and as a DH in 2016 for Lenoir. His return as a coach can only enhance the hometown feel as Minton comes from Wilkesboro only a short drive from Lenoir. “For the summer of 2016, I got an opportunity to stay close to home and play for the Lenoir Oilers. Without a doubt, it was one of the greatest baseball experiences I have ever had. The baseball atmosphere you get from Lenoir is amazing. Being able to play for one of my former coaches from CVCC for my last season of summer ball was a great way to end my summer baseball career, not to mention winning the league championship with some of the best guys I know. I am very honored to have been in the conversation as a coaching candidate for the 2017 season, and even more honored to have been offered a position. I am very excited to start my coaching career for a great organization like the Oilers. Go O’s!” General Manager Kevin Bumgarner said “I have known Alex around the game for almost 10 years. He's a fine young man with a great future in this game. I'm just proud to be with him thru some of it, and be instrumental in his next step.”
Minton’s accomplishments speak for themselves as he was All-conference and All-County junior and senior year at West Wilkes High School (Junior year- .312 BA, 8 homeruns, 22 RBI, Senior year- .304 BA, 7 homeruns, 25 RBI). He also participated in the East Coast Pro Showcase as a senior in Lakeland, Florida. Minton won 2011 Powerade State Games and Legion All-Star Game Homerun Derbies. In his college career Minton started at Appalachian State (2012-2013) before an injury caused him to be redshirted and transfer to Catawba Valley Community College (2013-2015). At CVCC Minton won Region X conference champions in 2014 and 2015. Won Region X Regional in 2015 and earned a spot in the NJCAA D2 World Series in Enid, OK. Finished 3rd at the NJCAA World Series. Earned spot on 2015 All-Region X Defensive Team. Totals at CVCC: 69 games, .289 BA, 14 doubles, 7 homeruns, 38 RBI. From CVCC he took his talents to UNC Pembroke (2015-2017) where he has played in 18 games with 15 starts in junior season .200 BA, 3 doubles, 3 homeruns, 10 RBI. Minton currently is in his senior year with his final season coming up.