Rosters for the 2014 Collegiate Season of the Tidewater Summer League are almost full. If you would like to play in the TSL’s Collegiate Division this summer, you need to register. These last few roster spots will be filled in the next few days, and your opportunity to participate this summer will be gone. Don’t be left watching from the bleachers this summer, register today by visiting our Collegiate Player Registration Page.
New for the 2014 Season of the Tidewater Summer League’s Collegiate Division, collegiate players wishing to participate in the TSL for 2014 may sign up online using PayPal or a Major Credit Card. Players can still submit their application along with their player fees by check or money order through the mail, but we are happy to add the online registration and payment feature for your convenience. Please email the league your player information as requested or complete your player registration and payment online on our Collegiate Player Registration page.
The Tidewater Summer League’s Collegiate Division will be playing a 40 game schedule for the 2014 season. We will again have 6 teams in this division, and are excited about the upcoming season. College coaches looking to place players and those players looking to be a part of the 2014 TSL Collegiate Division should email the league now, as rosters are already being filled. Players can also register for the 2014 season online at our Collegiate Player Registration page here on our website. There will be a maximum of 25 players per team, so roster space is limited, act now to ensure your spot on one of these rosters. Please feel free to contact Michael Dooley, league commissioner, with any questions you may have concerning the upcoming season of Tidewater Summer League’s Collegiate Division at 757.737.6337 or email us at email@example.com.
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Former Tidewater Summer League (Greenbrier Knights) standout, and VCU Ram pitcher makes the 25 man roster for the Atlanta Braves. Here is an article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Reliever Ian Thomas, from Norfolk by way of Winnipeg, has reached majors
Posted: 5:49 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014
MILWAUKEE – When it became apparent late in spring training that Ian Thomas had pitched well enough to earn a spot on the opening-day roster, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was asked about the lanky reliever, who’ll be 27 in April yet has never pitched above Double-A.
“He’s left-handed. Had some quality outings. I’m waiting for the feds to come in and say ‘Hey, this guy is in the witness relocation program, we need to get him back,’” Gonzalez said, referring to Thomas from-out-of-nowehere background. “I’m just dumbfounded, because he’s got weapons.”
Thomas wasn’t in the witness-protection program but might as well have been. He spent a few years plying his trade in Canada for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, an unaffiliated team in the independent Northern League when he pitched for them in 2009-2010, and part of the breakaway American Association – another independent league — in 2011.
Minor league affiliates of major league teams can have it rough sometimes with bus rides of several hours or longer. But that’s the lap of luxury compared to the 17-hour bus trip – yes, 17 hours one way – that Thomas’ Winnipeg team, the only Canadian team in its league, would make for a series in Indiana against the Gary SouthShort RailCats.
“Ruthless,” is how Thomas described it. “We would play a couple of series, go out to Gary and then come back and play in St. Paul on the way back.”
Thomas stands 6 feet 5, so it was particularly challenging to find a comfortable spot on a crowded bus, where players sat two-to-a-row, filling every seat. The Norfolk, Va., native would often carry a mat on the trip so he could lay it down on the floor and sleep while at least being a little stretched out.
“They have two buses in Triple-A, from what I’ve been told,” Thomas said, comparing the independent-league life to the highest-level of minor league affiliated ball. “I haven’t been there, but that’s what they say. You get your own row and it’s just more comfortable and easy traveling.”
Thomas went undrafted out of Virginia Commonwealth University, and a couple of months later got a call from a Winnipeg team official. In his second season in Canada he carved a 1.64 ERA in 34 appearances, with 60 strikeouts (20 walks) in 55 innings.
He spent one more season there, striking out 72 in 57-1/3 innings in 2011, before figuring he needed to get back to the United States if he was to have much chance of catching a scout’s eye and getting a shot at an affiliated league.
He pitched in seven games for York in the independent Atlantic League in 2012 before signing with the Braves in late May. He was sent to low Class-A Rome at age 25, several years or more older than most players in that league.
After posting a 3.15 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 45-2/3 innings at Rome, Thomas was moved last season to Double-A Mississippi, where he really opened eyes. Relying on a fastball that’s improved significantly as he’s gotten older, and a sharp curveball he honed since signing with the Braves, Thomas posted a 2.76 ERA in 39 games at Mississippi including 13 starts, and piled up 123 strikeouts with 37 walks in 104-1/3 innings.
He got a non-roster invitation to spring training and outpitched a couple of other lefty bullpen candidates, allowing three runs, seven hits and five walks with 13 strikeouts in 10-1/3 innings.
“It’s very surreal,” he said late in spring training, about the possibility of making the major league team.
Thomas was named to the 25-man roster on Saturday. Perhaps no one appreciated making an opening day roster more than the big lefty from Norfolk by way of Winnipeg.
“Adversity, being at the bottom, working my way up to the top,” he said. “It’s a different path, you know? I got to skip a couple of levels in affiliated (leagues). But at the end of the day, I’m just happy to be here.”
We want to congratulate the Outer Banks Daredevils and the Tidewater Drillers, 2013 TSL Collegiate Division Co-Champions. We also want to thank all of the teams, their players and coaches, and our great umpires for another great season of summer baseball in the TSL and a special thank you to all the fans who came out to support and cheer on our teams, and also our great sponsors, your support is greatly appreciated. As the boys of summer make their way back to their colleges, we wish them the best of luck and hope they have a great 2013/2014 year. Thanks again and we hope to see everyone again next summer.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 – First Flight Baseball Complex, Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Outer Banks Daredevils pounded out 11 hits in route to an 8-2 victory over the Tidewater Drillers on Thursday at First Flight HS in Game 2 of the League Championship Series.
Outer Banks Daredevils scored four runs in the first on a solo home run by Eric Schenck-Joblinske, an RBI single by Will Miller, and a two-run double by Kevin Stein.
Eric racked up two RBIs on one hit for Outer Banks Daredevils.
Josh Vales got the win for Outer Banks Daredevils. He allowed two runs over six innings. He struck out eight, walked six and surrendered three hits.
Outer Banks Daredevils piled on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A bases loaded walk scored Zach Hynes to get Outer Banks Daredevils on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Conner Hall‘s single, scoring Tommy Kane and Dylan Harvey.
It didn’t take long for Tidewater Drillers to respond as it scored one run of its own in the fifth and sixth innings. Outer Banks Daredevils added another in the sixth, putting the finishing touches on their 11 hit, 8 run effort.
Congratulations to the Outer Banks Daredevils and the Tidewater Drillers, Tidewater Summer League’s Collegiate Division Co-Champions.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 – First Flight Baseball Complex, Kill Devil Hills, NC.
It was a tight game until Tidewater Drillers scored seven late runs for the 7-1 victory over Outer Banks Daredevils on Tuesday at First Flight HS.
Nick Faison got the win for Tidewater Drillers. He pitched two shutout innings. Nick Faison struck out one, walked one and gave up one hit.
The game was never in doubt after the seventh, as Tidewater Drillers scored two runs on a two-run single by Kurt Sinnen.
Tidewater Drillers tacked on another five runs in the eighth. A clutch error scored Jeffrey Swoope to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Kyle Morrison‘s single, scoring Tyler Tharp.
Outer Banks Daredevils scored its only run of the game on an RBI double by Eric Schenck-Joblinske in the ninth inning.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – First Flight Baseball Complex, Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Tyler Woodhouse allowed just two runs on Wednesday at First Flight HS, but Outer Banks Daredevils couldn’t get the offense going in a 2-1 defeat to Tidewater Drillers.
Ryan Galvin recorded the win for Tidewater Drillers. He pitched five shutout innings. Ryan Galvin struck out six, walked two and gave up four hits.
Tidewater Drillers stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring one run on an RBI double by Kyle Morrison.
The lone run of the game for Outer Banks Daredevils crossed the plate in the seventh inning on a groundout by Eric Schenck-Joblinske.