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PCBL Playoffs begin Monday

Posted by Scott Ludwig at Jul 29, 2018 4:45PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Season two of the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League will come to a conclusion this week when the playoffs will decide a champion. Albert Lea Lakers (29-5) captured the regular season pennant and top seed for the playoffs which features all five teams.

The record-setting Lakers will face fourth-seeded Bancroft Bandits (13-20) in a best-of three series beginning on Monday in Albert Lea. While the Lakers dominated the head-to-head series this summer winning six of nine Bancroft had the most success of any PCBL team. The teams split the last four games played each winning a pair.

A three-team round robin will determine the second finalist. With Peak of Ames (6-18) playing a limited schedule this format will still allow each team a fair shot at advancing. Defending league champion Storm Lake Whitecaps (18-18) and Carroll Merchants (17-18) also will face Ames.

Monday
6:45 PM Peak of Ames at Carroll Merchants
6:45 PM Game 1: Bancroft Bandits at Albert Lea Lakers

Tuesday
6:45 PM Peak of Ames at Storm Lake Whitecaps
6:45 PM Game 2: Albert Lea Lakers at Bancroft Bandits

Wednesday
6:45 PM Storm Lake Whitecaps at Carroll Merchants
6:45 PM Game 3 (if nec): Bancroft Bandits at Albert Lea Lakers

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In just its second season, the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League (PCBL) is ready to host its first league all-star game. The event will take place on Sunday, July 22 at Merchants Park in Carroll, Iowa.

Day-long festivities include a player skills showcase beginning at 11 AM. A home run derby is scheduled for 2:30 PM to be followed by the game which will feature teams made up of PCBL players from four-year schools taking on Junior college all-stars.

2018 PCBL team rosters

Team University
Robin Allen, Albert Lea – Eckerd College
Isaak Bustamante, Bancroft – Nyack College
Cesar Capellan, Albert Lea – Eastern New Mexico University
Cole Edgens, Albert Lea – William Carey University
Brady Harpenau, Storm Lake – Briar Cliff University
Mitchell Keeran, Albert Lea – Waldorf University
Matt Krambeck, Ames – Des Moines Area CC
Thomas Krause, Albert Lea – North Dakota State University
Jake Lotz, Carroll – Lewis University
Reed Pegram, Ames – William Jewell College
Christian Pena, Storm Lake – Eastern Illinois University
Joey Ponder, Albert Lea – Waldorf University
Peyton Renning, Storm Lake – Buena Vista University
Jacob Rosales, Carroll – Missouri Baptist University
Ben Swords, Carroll – Webster University
Anthony Torreullas, Bancroft – Nyack College
Keanu Van Kuren, Albert Lea – Texas Southern University
AJ Vasquez, Bancroft – Nyack College
Spencer Wyant, Storm Lake – Morningside College

Team JUCO
Jesse Bloom, Albert Lea – McCook CC
Alexi Cazarin, Carroll – Scott CC
Josh Dudden, Albert Lea – Central Arizona CC
Reed Feeley, Albert Lea – Bellevue University
Luke Files, Bancroft – Hines CC
Alex Fischer, Storm Lake – Indian Hills CC
Wyatt Folsom, Carroll – Scott CC
Hampton Hall, Carroll – Scott CC
Spencer Hanson, Ames – Des Moines Area CC
Jameson Hart, Storm Lake – Indian Hills CC
Luke Hastings, Albert Lea – University of Mobile
Peyton Krugler, Ames – Iowa Central CC
Sean Rooney, Albert Lea – De Anza CC
Liam Spence, Albert Lea – Central Arizona CC
Sam Steinmeyer, Carroll – Iowa Lakes CC
Zacc Whisler, Carroll – Scott CC

The Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League (PCBL) is to hold its first-ever all-star game, Sunday, July 22. Being held at Merchants Park in Carroll, Iowa, home of the Carroll Merchants. The day includes a player combine, a home run derby, and all-star game. All teams in the PCBL will be represented, talent from the Albert Lea Lakers, Bancroft Bandits, Carroll Merchants, Peak of Ames, and Storm Lake Whitecaps!

The all-star game is set-up as four-year players versus two-year players; a set-up used to make it easier on collegiate coaches and scouts in attendance. The day is designed for the ball players to showcase their talent on the field in front of both college coaches (for junior college players) and professional baseball scouts.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

11:00 – 11:20am — 60-yard dashes
11:20 – 11:35am — Outfielders throwing [3 to third, 2 to home]
11:35 – 12:00pm — Infielders [backhands, front hands, slow rollers]
12:00 – 12:10pm — Catchers [5 throws to second base]
12:10 – 12:50pm — Batting practice [tentatively 3 rounds of 5]
12:50 – 1:30pm — Bullpens [15 pitches for pitchers not in the game]


Lunch Break———-

2:30 – 3:15pm — Home Run Derby
3:15 – 3:45pm — Home Run Derby Finals
[8 swings, anything not a home run is an out]

4:05pm — First Pitch of the All-Star Game

Be sure to follow the Pioneer League on Twitter to keep up to date with action around the league: @Pioneer_Ball

Position Player of the Week
Mitchell Keeran, Albert Lea
OF — Jr. — Waldorf University (IA)

The bat not only comes roaring alive this week for the position player of the week, Mitchell Keeran, but it becomes HOT! Keeran, who plays his college ball at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa, puts on a monster showing this week despite missing a game due to illness!

He his a staggering 8-12 (.667) on the week, while also drawing five walks and being hit by a pitch once. The week was highlighted by the THREE home runs he hit for the Lakers; his first home runs of the summer. The homers helped him drive in six runs. He also hit a double and stole a base. Opponents could not find a way to get him out this week as he also scored four runs for the Lakers.

“Mitch is a great ball player and got hot for us this week. He’s a big reason why we’ve had the offensive production we’ve had and he showed his power this week and didn’t miss his pitch,” said Lakers head coach Michael Keeran. “He’s a fun guy to coach because of his passion and heart for the game. I’m very proud of him and this team for the way they compete night in and night out.”

On the summer, Keeran has hit for an average of .354 with an excellent on-base percentage of .488! He has a continuously found a way on for the Lakers and is second on the team in runs scored at 19. A team player who finds any way on base to help Albert Lea score runs.

The Lakers are scheduled to play six league games this week. Wednesday at Hayek Field against Bancroft (6:35), Thursday at Hayek Field against Carroll (6:35), Friday at Storm Lake (7:05), Saturday double-header at Hayek Field (Game 1 at 4:05, Game 2 at approx 7:05), and Sunday at Ames (4:05).

Don’t miss any of the action! Follow the Pioneer League on Twitter – @Pioneer_Ball.

Pitcher of the Week
Cole Edgens, Albert Lea
RHP — Sr. — William Carey University (MS)

The Pitcher Player of the Week goes to Laker, Cole Edgens, after a stellar complete game shutout against Bancroft earlier in the week. Edgens, who played his college ball for the Crusaders of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, threw a lights out game that was two hits away from a no hitter.

In his start this week against the Bandits, Edgens threw the full nine innings only giving up two hits while striking out NINE Bancroft hitters! Only surrendering 2 walks and his defense making plays behind him helped him drop his ERA from 1.01 to 0.79 and picking up his 5th win of the summer.

“I think Cole is one of the most quiet yet determined competitors I’ve ever met. He throws all of his pitches for strikes and is in the zone,” said Lakers head coach Michael Keeran. “He outworks everyone and that’s why he’s so good. He’s an amazing young man and has been a privilege to coach.”

Edgens has been a solid starter for Albert Lea this summer. In his five starts, he is 5-0 with an ERA under one of 0.79! In 35.2 innings pitched this summer, he has only surrendered 3 earned runs on a mere 23 hits [.65 hits per inning pitched]! Hitters have had a hard time figuring his stuff out as he is third on the Lakers pitching staff in strikeouts sitting at 33, while only walking a total of 6 batters [5.5:1 K/BB ratio].

The Lakers are scheduled to play six league games this week. Wednesday at Hayek Field against Bancroft (6:35), Thursday at Hayek Field against Carroll (6:35), Friday at Storm Lake (7:05), Saturday double-header at Hayek Field (Game 1 at 4:05, Game 2 at approx 7:05), and Sunday at Ames (4:05).

Don’t miss any of the action! Follow the Pioneer League on Twitter – @Pioneer_Ball.

Article written by Steve Carlson, Simpson College (IA)