Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League
The Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players from North America and beyond. Players in the league must have college eligibility remaining, or be graduating seniors in order to participate. Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility.
|No. of teams||5|
|Bancroft Bandits (2019)|
|Most titles||Bancroft Bandits, Albert Lea Lakers, Storm Lake Whitecaps (1)|
Carroll Merchants finished season one with the best regular season record and swept their way to the championship game eliminating Bancroft Bandits in two games. Second place Storm Lake Whitecaps needed three games in their semifinal series against Sioux Falls Gold to advance then won the first league championship by defeating Carroll 8-5.
Expansion came in January 2019 when it was announced a team would be placed in Fort Dodge. The team was later named the Gypsum Miners. The Albert Lea Lakers disbanded two days before the 2019 playoffs. The Bancroft Bandits would go on to win the 2019 league championship over the Carroll Merchants 7-5 in one 9 inning game. Michael Keeran was the head coach of both the 2018 Lakers and 2019 Bandits championship teams.
|Bancroft Bandits||Bancroft, Iowa||Bancroft Memorial Park||2017|
|Carroll Merchants||Carroll, Iowa||Merchants Park||2017|
|Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners||Fort Dodge, Iowa||Patterson Field||2019|
|Peak Prospects||Granger, Iowa||Centennial Baseball Field||2018|
|Storm Lake Whitecaps||Storm Lake, Iowa||Memorial Field||2017|
- Sioux Falls Gold (2017)
- Albert Lea Lakers (2017-2019)
|2017||Storm Lake Whitecaps||Carroll Merchants||8-5|
|2018||Albert Lea Lakers||Storm Lake Whitecaps||2-0 (best-of three)|
|2019||Bancroft Bandits||Carroll Merchants||7-5|
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- "77-year wait ends in game-winner for Whitecaps". Storm Lake Times. June 7, 2017.
- "Lakers coach hopes to set players and city up for success". Albert Lea Tribune. June 19, 2017.
- "Merchants' championship rally falls short". Daily Times Herald. August 7, 2017.
- "Round 9, Pick #256: college RHP Ben Madison". McCovey Chronicles. June 5, 2018.
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- "Summer baseball league coming to Fort Dodge". The Messenger. January 23, 2019.
- "A summer home in Fort Dodge". The Messenger. April 12, 2019.
- "If you watch the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League, you'll see the real goodness of this grand old game". Offenburger.com. 2019-08-17. Retrieved 2019-08-21.