6 TEAMS WILL BE COMPETING FOR THE 2023 PCL CHAMPIONSHIP

The field of teams is set and the pursuit of the 2023 Postove Cup Championship Season is ready to begin. The Edenton Steamers, 2022 PCL Champions, will be looking to repeat, while the Tarboro River Bandits, 2021 Champions and Greenbrier Knights, 2020 Champions will both be in the hunt. Making things even more interesting is the return of the Outer Banks Daredevils, who with 4 TSL Championships and 2 CPL Championships, will join the fray knowing what it takes to win a championship. Returning for their second season in the PCL are the Norfolk Redbirds and Virginia Beach Sea Dogs, who hope to build on their experience from last summer as they make their chase for the 2023 Postove Cup.

ABOUT US

PREMIER COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

The Premier Collegiate League is a collegiate summer baseball league headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. The Premier Collegiate League follows all rules and regulations of the NCAA.

The Premier Collegiate League is a division of the Tidewater Summer League, with teams located throughout Northeast North Carolina and Southeast Virginia.

The close geographic proximity of our teams ensures short travel times for our players and fans who enjoy traveling to opposing team’s ballparks to cheer on their team while visiting the great towns and communities that host our teams.

Premier Collegiate League’s teams will play approximately 42 games, including regular season league games, exhibition games, plus our All Star Game and Post Season Championship Tournament.

Our season typically runs from late May through the first few days of August each summer. The PCL is a wood bat league, as are most collegiate summer leagues.

Summer baseball continues to be an important part of a collegiate players development and exposure. The majority of collegiate coaches now consider summer baseball to be a third leg of their player’s season.

With the expanded fall season, the traditional spring season, and now, with over half of all D1 collegiate players participating in summer league baseball, the summer season is an important part of a collegiate players development, exposure and well rounded collegiate baseball experience.

Going beyond the collegiate experience, summer league’s have played an important role in helping prepare players for the rigors of professional baseball as they transition to the next level.

Summer baseball approximates a minor league season, without jeopardizing the players eligibility and amateur status, and provides tremendous development opportunities and the opportunity to challenge themselves against some of the top collegiate players from across the country.

The Premier Collegiate League, was established in 2020, with the duel goal of providing our franchises with a sustainable league model, that includes close geographic proximity between our teams, equaling short travel times and reduced travel expenses, and providing elite collegiate players the opportunity to compete against some of the top collegiate players from around the country, a platform for players to further develop and showcase their talents in a professional baseball setting, and the opportunity to enjoy their summer on the ballfield and in their adoptive communities.

For questions about the the Premier Collegiate League, please email us at premiercollegiateleague@gmail.com

THANK YOU

The PCL would like to say Thank You to all of our teams, players, coaches, fans and everyone who supported the league this past summer.

PCL League Members, thank you for being a part of the league’s 2022 season.

PCL Coaches, thank you for your hard work and dedication this summer.

PCL Fans, thank you for coming to the games and tuning into our live stream, your support is greatly appreciated.

PCL Franchises, thank you for putting together a great season for your players, fans and sponsors.

PCL Broadcast Interns, Hayden Bandel, Luke Meli and Carter Hill, thank you for an outstanding job this summer.

Eastern Officials Association, for once again providing our league with great officials for our games.

D-Bats of Virginia Beach, thank you for your support throughout the season and helping to sponsor our live stream broadcast.

Mercedes-Benz of Virginia Beach, thank you for your support throughout the season and helping sponsor our live stream broadcast and our Players of the Week Awards.

Grand Slam 2, thank you for your support throughout the season and for helping support our live stream broadcast.

Sponsors, thank you for generous support again this summer, you are the team behind the team and we could not do this without your support.

PCL Operations Director, Shannon Dooley, who also was Lakewood Park’s official score keeper, ballpark operations director, sound engineer, social media coordinator and player relations specialist, thank you for everything you do for the league.

Zephyr Hats, the Official Hat Supplier of the Premier Collegiate League, thank you once again for taking care of our hat needs this summer, they looked great.

Baden Sports, the Official Ball Supplier of the Premier Collegiate League, thank you for once again supplying our league baseballs.

Alpha Prime Sports, the Official Uniform Supplier of the Premier Collegiate League, thank you for once again supplying our league’s uniforms, they looked great.

One behalf of the Premier Collegiate League, to everyone who helped make our 2022 season a great success, we would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU.

MERCEDES BENZ OF VIRGINIA BEACH 2022 PCL BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR

The Premier Collegiate League would like to recognize and congratulate our 2022 Broadcaster of the Year, Luke Meli, Temple University

Luke Meli, PCL 2022 Broadcaster of the Year. Temple University/Edenton Steamers

Luke Meli, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

Luke Meli is an rising senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he is a media studies and production major. He has worked as a play-by-play announcer for many Temple sports including basketball, football, and hockey. He has experience calling baseball, softball, volleyball, and women’s lacrosse for other universities in the northeast. He also works on Temple’s sports tv show, OwlSports Update, as an anchor and reporter. His dream is to be the play-by-play announcer of a professional sports team, and this will be his first taste of working directly for a team.

Earning the 2022 PCL Broadcaster of the Year award during his first season working directly for a collegiate summer team, Luke showed his experience and education had him prepared for the challenge, and his willingness to put in the hard work, make sacrifices and remain dedicated to his craft not only provided Steamers fans and players an outstanding game broadcast, he was able to capture the spirit of the 2022 Championship Season, with all of it’s highs and lows, and did so with professionalism and a flair that exceeded all expectations.

Congratulations Luke Meli, the 2022 PCL Broadcaster of the Year.

STEAMERS 2022 PCL CHAMPIONS

Sat, Aug 06SteamersRiver BanditsTarboro Municipal StadiumEDNT 11, TARB 4 Final

Jeremiah Boyd, Presbyterian College/Edenton Steamers is our 2022 PCL Tournament MVP.

2 Home Runs, 5 Runs Batted In, 3 Runs Scored

Watch the 2022 PCL Championship Game here

Tue, Aug 02VoyagersKnightsWar Memorial StadiumGRNB 11, SUFK 3 Final
Tue, Aug 02RedbirdsSea DogsWar Memorial StadiumVBCH 10, NRFK 2 Final
Thu, Aug 04KnightsSteamersHistoric Hicks FieldEDNT 10, GRNB 0 Final
Thu, Aug 04Sea DogsRiver BanditsTarboro Municipal StadiumTARB 5, VBCH 4 Final

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Premier Collegiate League – summer wood bat baseball