Lafayette Aviators

The Lafayette Aviators are a summer collegiate baseball team based in Lafayette, Indiana. They are a member of the West Division of the summer collegiate Prospect League. The Aviators previously played at the 3,500-seat Loeb Stadium in Columbian Park in Lafayette, which will be demolished and replaced with a new ballpark set to open in 2021.[3]

Lafayette Aviators
Information
LeagueProspect League (West Division)
LocationLafayette, Indiana
BallparkAlexander Field (temporary) [1]
Year founded2015
League championships2017
Former name(s)Jamestown Jammers (2015)
Former ballparksRussell Diethrick Park (2015)
OwnershipNational Sports Services[2]
ManagementZach Chartrand (GM)
ManagerBailey Montgomery (1st season)
Websitewww.lafayettebaseball.com

The Aviators won their first Prospect League championship in 2017, defeating the Butler BlueSox in a best-of-3 series. [4]

The team currently plays in the Prospect League's West Division along with the Danville Dans, Hannibal Hoots, Quincy Gems, Springfield Sliders, and Terre Haute Rex.

History

The Aviators franchise was originally based in Jamestown, New York, where it operated as the Jamestown Jammers during the 2015 season. [5] The Jammers' owners, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based MKE Sports & Entertainment, opted to move its Prospect League team to Lafayette and establish a new Jammers team in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in 2016,[6] with distance (Jamestown was well outside the Prospect League's Midwestern footprint while the PCPBL's footprint was much closer, in Central New York) being cited as the primary reason for the move.

Prior to the 2018 season, the team was sold to National Sports Services, through its subsidiary, Lafayette Family Entertainment LLC.[7]

Seasons

SeasonManagerRecordWin %DivisionGBPost-season recordPost-season win %Post-season resultNotes
201527-33.4504th110-0.000as the Jamestown Jammers
2016Brent McNeil[8]30-30.5003rd50-0.000
2017Brent McNeil36-24.6001st4-2.667ChampionsMoved to West Division
2018Will Arnold[9]22-38.3676th14.00-0.000
2019Brent McNeil34 - 26.5676th6.00-0.000
2020Bailey Montgomery[10]0-0.0000.00-0.000
Totals149-151.497

    References

    1. "Lafayette Aviators to play at Purdue's Alexander Field in 2020". Journal & Courier. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
    2. "Lafayette Aviators getting new ownership". Journal & Courier. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    3. Lafayette, Fans Select Logo for New Team, archived from the original on 2016-02-12
    4. "Aviators Win Prospect League Championship". www.lafayettebaseball.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    5. "Check out the New Jamestown Jammers logo, uniforms, and ownership for 2015". www.jamestownbaseball.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    6. "Jamestown Jammers Join PGCBL". www.pgcbl.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    7. "Lafayette Aviators have a new owner". WLFI News. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    8. "Lafayette Aviators Baseball Loeb Stadium Lafayette, Indiana 47904". www.lafayettebaseball.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    9. "Lafayette Aviators hire Will Arnold as new manager". Journal & Courier. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
    10. "Aviators Promote Montgomery to Field Manager | Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC". www.prospectleague.com. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
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