Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League

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Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
PerfectGameCollegiateBaseballLeague.png
Sport Baseball
Founded 2010
President Robert Julian
No. of teams 13
Country United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
Most titles Amsterdam Mohawks (4 Titles)
Official website pgcbl.com

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) is a 13-team collegiate summer baseball league founded in 2010. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid so as to maintain their college eligibility. Each team plays an eight-week, 48 game schedule from June to August with playoffs in early August.

History[edit]

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 by eight summer baseball teams located across upstate New York in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball's largest scouting service. The eight founding members of the PGCBL were the Albany Dutchmen, Amsterdam Mohawks, Cooperstown Hawkeyes, Elmira Pioneers, Glens Falls Golden Eagles, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Newark Pilots and Watertown Wizards. The league's first season was completed in the summer of 2011.

The eight teams were broken down into two divisions, PGCBL East and PGCBL West. The East comprised Albany, Amsterdam, Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley. The West was made up of Cooperstown, Elmira, Newark and Watertown. Glens Falls and Cooperstown were the regular season division champions in the PGCBL East and West respectively. Glens Falls, Cooperstown, Amsterdam and Newark qualified for the league playoffs. Newark defeated Amsterdam, two games to one, to win the very first PGCBL championship.

In 2012, the league expanded to nine teams with the addition of the Oneonta Outlaws. The two-division format was replaced by a single nine-team division with the top four teams in the league regular season standings qualifying for the playoffs. Amsterdam won 35 of 47 regular season games and captured the regular season championship. Amsterdam, Glens Falls, Newark and Mohawk Valley qualified for the postseason. Amsterdam swept Glens Falls to win its first league title. The Mohawks finished the summer ranked third nationally in Perfect Game's Summer Top 30 poll.

The Adirondack Trail Blazers and the Utica Brewers joined the PGCBL in the fall of 2012 while the Oneonta Outlaws were granted a one year Voluntary Suspension of operations. The 2013 season saw a return of the two-division format as 10 teams were broken into East and West divisions. Albany, Cooperstown, Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley and defending champion Amsterdam formed the East while newcomers Adirondack and Utica joined Elmira, Newark and Watertown in the West. A new playoff format featuring six teams was instituted as the first and second-place finishers in each division were joined for the first time by the third-place finishing team - this led to a down-to-wire playoff chase where the sixth and final playoff spot was not decided until the final night of the regular season. Amsterdam and Watertown overcame slow starts to win division titles; each team captured its first division title in the PGCBL. Albany, Mohawk Valley, Elmira and Newark rounded out the playoff field. Three seeds Albany and Elmira each won opening round playoff games over second-seeded Mohawk Valley and Newark respectively to advance to the divisional finals against Amsterdam and Watertown. Amsterdam edged out Albany and Elmira in back-to-back Game 3's to become the first repeat champion in league history.

The Cooperstown Hawkeyes were placed on Voluntary Suspension for the 2014 season, leaving four teams in the East Division. The Amsterdam Mohawks again finished with the best record in the league at 36-11- winning the East by nine games over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The West Division was a little tighter with the division coming down to the final days of the regular season. Newark came out on top, winning the division by a game and a half over Elmira with a 27-19 record. In the postseason, Mohawk Valley defeated the Albany Dutchmen in the one-game playoff in the East while Elmira beat the Watertown Rams in Elmira in the West. In the East Division Championship Series, Amsterdam swept Mohawk Valley en route to a fourth consecutive PGCBL Championship Series appearance. In the West, Newark escaped against Elmira to set up a rematch of the 2011 Championship Series. Amsterdam came back from an early deficit to win Game One in Amsterdam and traveled to Newark the following night, where the Mohawks capped off a record-breaking season with the franchise’s third straight PGCBL championship.

In July 2014, the league announced a franchise will be placed in Saugerties, New York and play in the East Division-effective for the 2015 season. In January 2015, the league announced the addition of a franchise in Victor for the 2015 season. The league also decided to play a 50-game schedule, compared to the previous length of a 48-game schedule. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes remained on voluntary suspension and were joined by the Watertown Rams.

In 2015, the Amsterdam Mohawks won the East Division with a record 40 wins in the regular season. The Elmira Pioneers won the West Division, with a team record 33 wins. Both teams were upset in the divisional round of playoffs as Mohawk Valley upended the defending champions in three games, while the first year Victor RailRiders swept the Pioneers. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs then swept the RailRiders to capture the 2015 PGCBL Championship, the first in team history.

At the PGCBL owners meeting in October 2015, the league announced the addition of three teams to the league roster. Former NYCBL members Geneva and Oneonta jumped to the PGCBL for 2016. The Jamestown Jammers also decided to move to the PGCBL after having played in the Prospect League in 2015. In April 2016, the Utica Brewers changed their name to the Utica Blue Sox.

The 2016 season featured a 50-game regular season for the second straight year. A year after setting a PGCBL record with 40 wins in the regular season, the Amsterdam Mohawks again finished with the best regular season record at 34-15, winning the East Division. In the West, the Elmira Pioneers won their second straight division title with a 33-15 record.

A new eight-team playoff format saw the top two seeds in both divisions advance to the division finals, with Amsterdam meeting Albany and Elmira facing Utica. Amsterdam went back to the PGCBL Finals to meet Utica, who was making their first trip in franchise history. Both series went the full three games. Amsterdam then swept the PGCBL finals with two decisive victories to earn their fourth title in five years.

Before the 2017 season, the PGCBL announced the addition of the Onondaga Flames for the coming season, and awarded a franchise to Watertown, which would begin play in 2018.

Three teams earned playoff berths for the first time during the 2017 season. Saugerties earned the number four seed in the East, while Geneva bounced back from a 9-40 season to get a home playoff game in the West. Onondaga also qualified for the first time, picking up the number four seed in the West.

In the playoffs, Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley got through in the West, while Elmira and Jamestown matched up in the West Finals. Mohawk Valley then dethroned Amsterdam for the second time in three seasons to set up a PGCBL Finals with the Jamestown Jammers. The DiamondDawgs swept the PGCBL Finals to earn their second title.

With the addition of Watertown and the voluntary suspension of Onondaga, the PGCBL moved to a three division format, creating a West, Central, and an East Division before the 2018 season.

In March 2018, the PGCBL announced a new President and Vice President to guide the league into the future. Former New York Penn League President Robert Julian was named President, and longtime right-hand man and Utica College baseball coach Joe Milazzo was named Vice President.

Past Champions[edit]

2011- Newark Pilots

2012- Amsterdam Mohawks

2013- Amsterdam Mohawks

2014- Amsterdam Mohawks

2015- Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

2016- Amsterdam Mohawks

2017- Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

Player of the Year[edit]

2011- Erick Gaylord, Watertown

2012- Ross Kivett, Glens Falls

2013- John Nogowski, Amsterdam

2014- Josh Gardiner, Amsterdam

2015- Christian Santisteban, Elmira

2016- Joe Genord, Amsterdam

2017 - Christ Conley, Jamestown

Pitcher of the Year[edit]

2011- Dominick Ruscitti, Newark

2012- Chandler Shepherd, Amsterdam

2013- Eann Cox, Cooperstown

2014- Jayson Yano, Newark

2015- Zach Logue, Amsterdam; Kyano Cummings, Elmira

2016- Joe DeSarro, Mohawk Valley; Brennen Smith, Victor

2017 - Matt Pierce, Albany

Coach of the Year[edit]

2011- Eric Coleman, Cooperstown

2012- Keith Griffin, Amsterdam

2013- Nick Davey, Albany

2014- Mike Armstrong, Newark

2015- Dan Shwam, Victor

2016- Blake Nation, Mohawk Valley

2017 - Anthony Barone, Jamestown

Top Professional Prospect[edit]

2011- Erick Gaylord, Watertown (Perfect Game USA)

2011- Josh Anderson, Glens Falls (Baseball America)

2012- Rocky McCord, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)

2012- Chandler Shepherd, Amsterdam (Baseball America)

2013- Mike Urbanski, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)

2013- Trey Wingenter, Amsterdam (Baseball America)

2014- Jon Escobar, Watertown (Perfect Game USA)

2015- Kyle Smith, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)

2016- Jeff Belge, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)

2017 - T.J. Collett, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)

2017 - T.J. Collett, Amsterdam (Baseball America)

All-Star Game MVP[edit]

2011- Cullen Wacker, Mohawk Valley

2012- Giuseppe Papaccio, Amsterdam

2013- Mike Fisher, Mohawk Valley

2014- Kevin Cowan, Glens Falls

2015- Scott Manea, Amsterdam

2016- Robbie Knightes, Glens Falls

2017 - Anthony Vaglica, Glens Falls

All-Star Game Results[edit]

2011- East 7 West 4 (July 18, Elmira, N.Y., Dunn Field)

2012- Team Griffin 4 Team Ebright 0 (July 24, Amsterdam, N.Y., Shuttleworth Park)

2013- East 7 West 3 (July 24, Newark, N.Y., Colburn Park)

2014- East 3 West 1 (July 15, Elmira, N.Y. Dunn Field)

2015- East 18 West 2 (July 20, Little Falls, New York, Veterans Memorial Park)

2016- East 9 West 1 (July 20, Albany, New York, Bob Bellizzi Field)

2017 - East 10, West 8 (July 18, Amsterdam, N.Y., Shuttleworth Park)

Current teams[edit]

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
Team First Season City Stadium
Adirondack Trail Blazers [1] 2010 Boonville, New York Robert Smith Sports Complex
Albany Dutchmen [2] 2009 Albany, New York Siena Baseball Field
Amsterdam Mohawks [3] 1978 Amsterdam, New York Shuttleworth Park
Geneva Red Wings 2016 Geneva, New York McDonough Park
Elmira Pioneers 2005 Elmira, New York Dunn Field
Glens Falls Dragons [4] 2003 Glens Falls, New York East Field
Jamestown Jammers 2016 Jamestown, New York Russell Diethrick Park
Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs [5] 2006 Little Falls, New York Veterans Memorial Park
Newark Pilots [6] 2011 Newark, New York Colburn Park
Oneonta Outlaws [7] 2016 Oneonta, New York Damaschke Field
Saugerties Stallions [8] 2015 Saugerties, New York Cantine Field
Utica Blue Sox [9] 2008 Utica, New York Murnane Field at Donovan Stadium
Watertown Rapids 2017 Watertown, New York Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds

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