News and Announcements
With a new season is set to begin May 31 the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League would like to introduce the managers of each team!
Albert Lea Lakers
Nate DeChaine – Assistant Coach, Morningside College
Michael Keeran – Assistant Coach, Valley City State University
Cody Williams – Assistant Coach, Mount Mercy University
Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners
Connor McLeod – Assistant Coach, Iowa Central Community College
Storm Lake Whitecaps
Michael Bowles – Assistant Coach, Ottawa University – Arizona
2018 was a banner year for the Albert Lea Lakers. The team finished with a PCBL all-time best record of 29-5 in the regular season before posting a 4-1 mark in the playoffs on their way to the league championship.
This season the Lakers will have a new bench boss in Nate DeChaine, a student assistant at Morningside College. He replaces Michael Keeran, who will be behind the bench of the Bancroft Bandits this summer.
Opening day is set in Bancroft! The Bandits are scheduled to begin their summer season with a non-league game May 30 against the Chillicothe Mudcats. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
PCBL action kicks off on Friday, May 31 when the Bandits travel to Albert Lea to face the defending league champion Lakers. Bancroft will get their first look at the new team the following night when the Lakers will be at Bancroft Memorial Ballpark.
The Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League announced in January the addition of a new team to be based in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Now that team has a name – the Gypsum Miners! The name is a nod to the old minor league team which competed in the Iowa State League from 1904-1906.
— Pioneer Baseball League (@Pioneer_Ball) March 20, 2019
Established in 1904 as the Gypsum Eaters, the Class D minor league outfit finished their first season at 57-52 which was good enough for fifth place in the eight-team league. For year two the team was renamed the Gypsumites and finished second at 73-49. In their final season of 1906 the Gypsumites went 68-49 to finish in third place.
Bancroft Bandits have signed William Penn University RHP Augie Voight for the 2019 PCBL season. The 6’2 200-pound right handed pitcher is from Waukegan, Illinois. This past summer Augie pitched in the Northwoods League for the Duluth Huskies.
Voight struck out 73 batters in 62 innings this past season for WPU. He was 4-6 with a 4.45 ERA. In 2017 at College of Lake County Augie was top 10 in the nation with a 0.99 ERA. He finished with a 4-1 record while striking out 36 hitters in 37 innings.
When about signing with Bancroft, Voight said, “I’m thankful for this opportunity, and to be apart of the team. I’m excited to go out there and compete.”
“Augie is a solid pitcher with great pitch ability,” said Coach Michael Keeran. “He has good velocity, but doesn’t rely on it. He knows how to pitch with his off-speed too. He’s had a solid career thus far and I think he will continue that this year at WPU. He’s a bulldog and a hungry competitor. He doesn’t walk guys and knows how to get outs. He’s always going to give you a chance to win when he pitches. I’m very excited to have Augie on our staff.”