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Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League playoffs began today with the Wild Card Game in Fort Dodge. The host Gypsum Miners faced Peak Prospects, based in Granger (Iowa), who played a half-season schedule in the league.

Although Peak had taken three of four games during the regular season the day belonged to Fort Dodge who took an early 3-0 lead and cruised to a 9-2 victory. They will now face the top team of the summer in Bancroft Bandits (30-5) who set a league record for most victories in a regular season. Game 1 of the best-of three is scheduled for Monday.

— Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League (@Pioneer_Ball) July 29, 2019

Playing in the second semifinal series will be Storm Lake Whitecaps and Carroll Merchants. Although the Whitecaps finished with a better record Carroll will host a possible Game 3 at Merchants Park with Storm Lake as the “home” team.

PCBL Playoffs to begin Sunday

Posted by Scott Ludwig at Jul 26, 2019 8:05PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The 2019 Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League regular season comes to an end on Saturday night. Bancroft Bandits have had a record-breaking season including promoting five players to professional baseball.

Playoffs will begin on Sunday with a ‘Wild Card Game’ in Fort Dodge. Although Peak Prospects did NOT play a full league schedule, but a decision was made to allow them to compete in the playoffs.

2019 PCBL Playoffs format

Sunday (Wild Card Game)

  • 4:00 PM Peak Prospects at Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners

Monday-Wednesday (best-of three)

  • Bancroft Bandits vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD

Friday (Championship Game)

  • TBD vs TBD

Schedule is subject to change.

Another pair of Bancroft players go pro

Posted by Scott Ludwig at Jul 22, 2019 9:31PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Bancroft Bandits are having a record-setting summer season in the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League. Success at this level often leads to players turning professional and that has happened five times now in Bancroft.

Pitchers Hunter Robichaux, a senior from Bucknell University, and Ray Diaz of Marymount California University both inked their first professional deals today.

Robichaux will be joining the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. Florence is sitting atop the league standings, but was seeking the pitching help after have three players recently sign with MLB organizations.

Suburban Detroit will be the destination for Diaz who signed with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. The USPBL is a four-team independent circuit established in 2016.

Bandits coach Michael Keeran, who has guided the Bandits to a 26-4 record, is thrilled on the promotions saying, “I’m just really excited for Hunter and Ray. They are very talented and will do a great job. The wins are great, but moving guys on to the next level and making an impact on another’s life is what it’s all about as a coach.”

With the departures of two pitchers also comes opportunity. Keeran is seeking interested players for the final two weeks of the PCBL season.

2019 PCBL All-Star Game rosters

Posted by Scott Ludwig at Jul 17, 2019 7:21AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

WHO: Team JUCO vs Team University
WHAT: 2019 Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game
WHEN: July 21, 2019
WHERE: Merchants Park, Carroll, Iowa

noon Scouts luncheon
1:30 PM Skills Showcase

3:30 PM Home Run Derby
-Ben Berg
-Blake Bergquist
-Tyler Cox
-Ivan Menendez
-Brad Morris
-Jamie Young

4:15 PM All-Star Game
Post-game meet-and-greet

Kyle Amendt , Peak Prospects – Southeaster CC
Austin Atwood, Bancroft – Alcorn State
Jesse Bloom, Albert Lea – McCook College
Andrew Fay, Carroll – John Wood CC
Julian Galindo, Bancroft – New Mexico Military Institute
Ed O’ Bannon, Storm Lake – Southern Nevada College
Hector Prado, Fort Dodge – Western Oklahoma State
Garret Reisz, Peak Prospects – Des Moines Area CC
Romel Martinez, Peak Prospects – Iowa Central CC
Jacob McKeon, Albert Lea – Central Arizona College
Ivan Melendez, Bancroft – Odessa CC
Austin Portner, Albert Lea – Butler CC
Blake Berquist, Storm Lake – Ellsworth CC
Preston Godfrey, Albert Lea – Central Arizona College
Jose Gullien Jr, Fort Dodge – Western Oklahoma
Dakota Kennedy, Bancroft – East Central CC
Brad Morris, Albert Lea – Riverland CC
Adrian Torres ,Bancroft – New Mexico Military Institute
Jacob Kaiser, Iowa Western CC
Jadin Rolffs, Iowa Western CC
Noah Cook, Peak Prospects – Johnson County CC
Mike Wallace, Carroll – Ellsworth CC

Team University
Chris Crosby, Bancroft – Mississippi College
Spencer Hanson ,Peak Prospects – Northwest Missouri State
Nick Henrichs, Storm Lake – Buena Vista College
Tyler Jacobson, Carroll – Benedictine University
Hunter McIntosh, Peak Prospects – Campbellsville University
Brandon Puckett, Carroll – Marian College
Augie Voight ,Bancroft – William Penn University
Tyler Brandenburg, Storm Lake – Western Oregon University
Dan Hernandez, Bancroft – Rice University
Matt Krambeck, Peak Prospects – South Dakota State
Brandon Larkin, Carroll – Truman State
Miguel Soto, Bancroft – Southwestern Oklahoma State
Ford Schroeder, Carroll – Augustana College
Drew Demers, Fort Dodge – Dakota Wesleyan University
Thomas Krause, Albert Lea – North Dakota State
Arron Mason, Bancroft – Doane University
Riley McGregor, Storm Lake – Buena Vista University
Reese Snyder, Carroll – Morningside College
Ben Berg, Carroll – Concordia University (Nebraska)
Beau Dorman, Storm Lake – Concordia University Chicago
Nick Suppell, Carroll – Mount Mercy University
Sam Kimmorley, Fort Dodge – Huntington University

Third Bancroft pitcher leaves for indy ball

Posted by Scott Ludwig at Jul 3, 2019 10:23AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

One day after the Bancroft Bandits announced that two members of their pitching staff had turned pro the team announced another promotion.
Nico Mayoral is the third Bandit pitcher to sign a professional contract with the High Desert Yardbirds of the Pecos League.

Mayoral spent the past two years at Point University (NAIA) in Georgia.