News and Announcements
At long last… summer has arrived!
Tonight the Pioneer League kicks off its inaugural season with a pair of games in the state of Iowa.
In the northern part of the hawkeye state, the expansion Albert Lea Lakers hit the road to battle the Bancroft Bandits. While the population of Bancroft may be small, just 732, they pack the house as the Bandits have become a summer staple in just their second year of competing.
Coach Phil Savage has put together an impressive club, a number of top rated young players join a crafty group of veterans which should make a good mix for the summer.
The Albert Lea Lakers will be a young squad as they start their first season as a team, but Coach Sam Schumacher is confident in his team’s abilities. They boast an athletic core that could smell trouble for the rest of the league.
These two teams meet in the first of two, tonight at Bancroft Memorial Park.
A little ways south, we have another expansion team taking on a second year club. The new Storm Lake Whitecaps will make their return to the diamond for the first time since 1940. They will be led by Storm Lake native Nic Seaman, a 2013 graduate of Storm Lake High School.
The ’Caps will be looking to make a big splash as they take on the Carroll Merchants at Merchants Stadium.
Zak Larkin is at the helm of the Carroll squad, boasting the most out-of-the-area players for the league. They are led by a trio of players from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
June has finally arrived and so has the start of the inaugural season for the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League! Stay tuned to our website after the game as we recap the action from night one of the 2017 season!
The Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League is excited to announce the creation of the Pioneer League Podcast! The show will be a weekly presentation, talking about the different events taking place in the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League this summer!
On the very first episode, we talk to the head coach of the Albert Lea Lakers, Sam Schumacher. We talk to him about his background in baseball and what he expects this summer in Albert Lea.
Join us every Monday for a brand new episode!
The Albert Lea Lakers are proud to announce the acquisition of Blake Bagenstos
Bagenstos earned CIC All Conference Western Division First Team Utility his senior year and CIC All Conference Western Division Honorable Mention his junior year at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
He tossed over 155 innings during his high school career and posted a 1.89 ERA with 154 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .159. At the plate, he hit .414 with 53 RBIs, 59 runs scored and walked 42 times recording an on base percentage of .480 and a slugging percentage of .575.
Bagenstos has been a Presidential Honor Roll member all four years at Dowling, a member of the National Honor Society and the junior recipient of the John B. Hays Scholarship. He was a four sport athlete also participating in track, soccer and a two-time state champion in football.
Bagenstos is a Pre-Med major enrolled in his freshman year at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and is a member of the Bulldog baseball program.
The Lakers are excited to welcome Blake to Albert Lea for the 2017 season.
The Albert Lea Lakers are proud to announce the signing of Jamell Newson.
Newson, an outfielder, is currently in his junior season at Delta State University. Newson spent his first two collegiate seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College where he started 45 games in centerfield, hitting .278 with eight doubles, three triples and one home run. He collected 22 RBIs and also scored 39 runs. His speed not only makes him a great defensive player but a threat on the base paths as well, Newson swiped 32 bases in his junior college career.
The young man from Senatobia, Mississippi made an impact right away at NMCC starting 47 of 48 games as a freshman. Although he hit just .259, he led his team with 39 walks and finished with astounding .416 on-base percentage.
Newson was apart of a powerhouse Magnolia Heights program in high school, winning three straight MAIS AAA Division II State Championships from 2012-2014. The Chiefs were the third team in the state of Mississippi to go undefeated, finishing 37-0 and ranked No. 8 in the country in the MaXPreps Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings in 2013.
His senior year was one to remember as he was named the MAIS MVP and a member of the Clarion Ledger’s All-State Second-Team. He hit a remarkable .472 with six doubles, six triples and a pair of long balls. Newson drove in 28 runs and also raced away with 35 stolen bases.
Jamell wasn’t too shabby as a junior either, hitting .303 with nine doubles, three triples and a home run. He chipped in 15 RBIs and crossed the plate 27 times. He stole 28 bases and reached base almost every other at bat, posting a .490 on-base percentage.
The Lakes are excited to welcome Jamell to the city of Albert Lea for the upcoming 2017 season!
Information in this article was provided by Cody Clark, Delta State Athletics Communications Assistant.
The Albert Lea Lakers are proud to announce the signing of Hunter Waning.
Waning, a native of St. Joseph, Michigan, is a redshirt freshman at the University of Indianapolis. Waning picked up his first collegiate hit on March 3, 2017 in a win against Oakland City and is currently batting .200 this season for the Greyhounds. Out of St. Joseph’s High School, the second baseman will be joining the Lakers this summer in Albert Lea.
The Lakers are excited to welcome Hunter to Albert Lea for the 2017 season!