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Greenbrier Knights welcome back Coach Slaughter and Coach Moore

The Greenbrier Knights Baseball Club are excited to announce that Coach Chuck Slaughter and Coach Jack Moore will both be returning to the Knights for the 2019 summer season.

Head Coach: Chuck Slaughter

Coach Slaughter, a native & resident of Chesapeake, VA, is entering his 25th season of coaching in the Greenbrier Knights organization. Coach Slaughter is the former head baseball coach at IC Norcom HS in Portsmouth, VA. Coach Slaughter played collegiate baseball at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Head Coach: Jack Moore

Coach Moore, a native & resident of Virginia Beach, VA, is returning to the Knights coaching staff. Coach Moore is currently an assistant baseball coach at Bryant & Stratton College, and has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, serving as head coach and assistant coach for NCAA & NJCAA college programs through the years, as well as in collegiate summer leagues. Coach Moore played collegiate baseball at Barton College.

Norfolk Voyagers announce 2019 coaching staff

The Norfolk Voyagers are excited to announce that Gary Lavelle will be returning as Head Coach for the 2019 Season. Joining Coach Lavelle as co-head coach will be Gary Denette. Coach Denette served as an assistant coach with the Va Beach Shredders in 2018, and the Voyagers are excited to have him joining the staff for the upcoming season. Also returning to the Voyagers coaching staff is Mitchell Everett, who served his first season as an assistant coach with the Voyagers in 2018.  The Voyagers and the league are excited to have Coach Everett, Coach Denette and Coach Lavelle back for another season.

Head Coach: Gary Lavelle

With over twenty years of professional pitching experience under his belt, Coach Gary Lavelle will be an incredible asset to to the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League and our players. He spent most of his his pro pitching career with the San Francisco Giants where he was twice named a National League All-Star and held the record for most game appearances as well as being listed in the top 10 for saves and wins.

Coach Lavelle also played pro ball for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics before deciding to move from the mound to the coaches’ box, where he had a strong desire to work with youngsters in developing their baseball ability, sportsmanship and leadership.  As head coach of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, VA, Lavelle was named TCIS Conference Coach of the Year for six consecutive years, as well as a seven-time Virginia State Independent Schools Coach of the Year.  Lavelle’s team was a four-time winner of the Metro Conference Championship, a six-time winner of the Division I Virginia State Championship, and winner of the Division II Virginia State Championship in 1999.

In 2000, Coach Lavelle returned to the Big Leagues as a Pitching Coach for the New York Yankees where he culminated his career as the 2004 Eastern League All Star Game Pitching Coach. After five years with the Yankees, Lavelle decided to return to Greenbrier Christian Academy where he had found his true calling. Over the next 10 years, his team went on to win the Virginia Independent Schools State Championship four times and Lavelle was named Coach of the Year for each of those years.

Coach Gary Lavelle officially retired from Greenbrier Christian Academy at the end of the 2016 school year, and is currently the Head Baseball Coach of the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats, where he continues to help develop and mentor young student athletes and is establishing what will become one of the premier junior college programs.

Head Coach: Gary Denette

After serving as an assistant coach during our 2018 season, Coach Denette will be rejoining us as head coach for the upcoming 2019 season. Coach Denette was an outstanding player for Churchland High, earning Portsmouth Player of the Year honors, All-Southeastern District, led district in batting, All-Tidewater led tidewater and all AAA schools in OBP. All-Region. Gary went to Christopher Newport University, where as freshman he led team in batting. Gary also was a starter on the Chesapeake Cubs travel team managed by Allan Erbe. Gary was an outstanding top of the order hitter/ baserunner and performed effectively at several positions including P, SS, 2B and CF. Gary is currently a SCPO in the USN, having served 20 years. Gary is currently the JV coach at Churchland HS.

Asst. Coach: Mitch Everett

Assistant Coach Mitch Everett is entering his second year of coaching in the TSL, and will be assisting Head Coach Gary Lavelle with the Voyagers again this summer. Coach Everett is currently serving as a vol. assistant coach at Elon University.

About Us

TIDEWATER COLLEGIATE SUMMER BASEBALL LEAGUE

The TSL provides college baseball players the opportunity to participate in a highly competitive, well organized, collegiate, summer, baseball league during the summer months, and gain valuable playing experience after the college season has ended.

Founded in 1946 in Norfolk, VA and currently located in Virginia Beach, VA, the TSL has consistently delivered a great summer baseball experience for over 70 years. More than 50 of our former players have went on to play professional baseball,  daredevils_140717_346
and over a dozen of them have played in the Major Leagues, some earning All Star recognition, among other various awards, and one even winning the National League Batting Title.

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League is a “wood bat” league, as are most of the major college summer leagues, playing games in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area. As one of the country’s top developmental leagues, the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League remains focused on providing our players with a professionally ran summer playing experience.

Our 9 inning games are played on quality fields; using experienced, collegiate umpires, collegiate quality baseballs & equipment, for the purpose of providing a high quality environment for our players to continue to develop their baseball skills during the summer months.

The Tidewater Summer League provides  a  “spring training” style environment, where daily lifting, strength & conditioning, hitting, throwing and fielding work outs are combined with a competitive baseball game, providing our players with consistent, quality work outs that promote development and growth, and that work is reinforced and evaluated daily during the games played.

We are led by our experienced coaching, whose shared goals are focused on helping develop college baseball players. Our outstanding coaching staff has decades of experience helping collegiate student/athletes develop and include current and former head coaches and assistant coaches from NCAA Div. I, Div. II, Div. III, NJCAA, NAIA, NCCAA; current and former professional baseball scouts; and former professional and collegiate players who have the experience and knowledge to help players take the next step in their development.

To ensure our members get the most from their summer baseball experience,  roster limits are strictly enforced, as are the league’s strict “pitch count/days rest” rules for pitchers; providing maximum playing opportunities, while ensuring the health and safety of all of our league members.

College summer leagues have played a role in the careers of many current and former professional baseball players, providing them the opportunity to improve their skills and understanding of the game, while gaining invaluable experience that helped with both their collegiate and professional careers.

Not 100% sure about where you will be playing college baseball for the next school year – each summer, Junior College Players & other players looking to transition to a new school have been able to parlay their summer baseball experience into a new collegiate playing opportunity. Our league is “watched” by dozens of great collegiate programs.

Extended Summer Playing Opportunities – Also, each summer, once our season has ended, several of our league’s top players receive invitations to join other teams in some outstanding summer league’s whose season run into early August, such as the Coastal Plain League, the Texas Collegiate League, the Valley League, the Perfect Game League & the Northwoods League.

Tidewater Summer League (formerly known as the Norfolk City League & Norfolk Summer League) has been fielding baseball teams across the greater Hampton Roads area for over 70 years. Our goal remains to provide quality playing and development opportunities for collegiate baseball players; to maintain a quality venue for area college coaches and professional scouts to evaluate potential prospects; to help connect collegiate programs and players; to provide a high quality, well organized platform that assists in helping to develop players, coaches, interns and umpires; to assist in the maintenance and improvements of our area fields and facilities; and to continue providing great family entertainment for our area’s baseball fans, as we have done since 1946.

Visit our League Info page for more information about the league, it’s 70+ year history, alumni, champions and more.

2018 ALL-STAR TEAMS ANNOUNCED

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League is excited to announce our 2018 All Star team. The All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, at Virginia Wesleyan University, 4:00pm start time, as the TSL All-Stars will take on the VBCBL All-Stars in this 9 inning contest.  Admission is free, coolers are allowed (no glass bottles).

2018 TSL ALL-STAR TEAM

NAME TEAM POS COLLEGE
Dominick Claxton Shredders CF Ferrum University
Jacob Council Voyagers CF Bryant & Stratton College
Andrew Kasiski Daredevils C Hampden-Sydney College
Chris Gambert Voyagers C Bellarmine University
Sam Camacho Hawks DH Oxnard College
Stephen Polansky Daredevils DH/RF undecided
Larry McCabe Voyagers 1B Coker College
Benny Spady Knights 1B Norfolk State University
Kyle Bayles Daredevils RF Mississippi State/transfer S. Alabama
Peter Feinman Voyagers RF/DH Babson College
Zack Teegen Legends LF McHenry County College
Jared Jordan Shredders LF Virginia Commonwealth Univ/transfer E.M.U.
Ricky Sisto Knights 3B SUNY Courtland
Lucas Dalton Hawks 3B Piedmont International Univ.
Michael Gabriele Daredevils SS Niagara University
Tredell Blow Knights SS undecided
Joe McGunness Legends EH Bowling Green State University
Andrew Texeira Hawks EH/2B Randolph-Macon College
Brenden Sweany Shredders 2B/P San Diego Christian College
Matt Callahan Legends 2B/EH Dean College
Ryan Allen Daredevils P undecided
Keanu Walkush Voyagers P Bryant & Stratton College – Wauwatosa
Ryan Rhodes Legends P Strattford University
Jackson Sanchez Shredders P Bryant & Stratton University
Logan Simmons Hawks P High Point University
Ryan Catyb Knights P Daytona State University
Frank Arnold Daredevils P Bryant & Stratton College
Ryan Andrzejczyk Daredevils P undecided
Thomas Packert Daredevils P Christopher Newport University
Jamie Yanchisin Daredevils P Limestone College
Chad Andrzejczyk Daredevils P undecided
Colby Lee Voyagers P Frostburg State
Turner Knight Voyagers P Saddleback College
Noah LeBrun Shredders P Virginia Wesleyan University
Mark Berryman Shredders P Belmont Abbey College
Zarek Simkovich Legends P Garrett Junior College
Alex Belanger Legends P Dean College
Jake Holland Knights P Ferrum University
Brent Kline Knights P CCBC Dundalk
Doug Pollock Hawks P Garrett College
Matt Levy Hawks P Piedmont International Univ.

2018 VBCBL ALL-STAR TEAM

NAME TEAM POS COLLEGE
Cameron Plank Chesapeake Suns C Becker College
Nick Simonenko Sandbridge Seagulls C Monroe College
Jordan McDonough Portsmouth Sea Monsters 1B University of Evansville
David Fleita Chesapeake Suns 1B Southeast Community College
Garrett Gonzalez Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs 2B University of Mary Hardin Baylor
Joey Wrabler Chesapeake Suns 2B Bloomsburg University
Chase Coselman Portsmouth Sea Monsters 3B Kalamazoo College
Hunter Johnson Virginia Beach Waves 3B James Madison University
Brady Fallon Virginia Beach Waves SS Virginia Wesleyan University
Mason Marquez Portsmouth Sea Monsters SS UC Santa Barbara
Cole Collins Sandbridge Seagulls LF Fairmont State
Diego Fisher Portsmouth Sea Monsters LF De Anza College
Edwin Delgado Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs CF Cleary University
Matt Detering Sandbridge Seagulls CF Lakeland Community College
Michael Whalen Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs RF St. Joseph’s University
DJ Wright Chesapeake Suns RF/P Jackson State Community College
Tyler Carrasco Portsmouth Sea Monsters DH Mendocino College
Jake Wyeth Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs DH Baylor University
Nick Ficarella Virginia Beach Waves EH Virginia Wesleyan University
Skyler Petrie Sandbridge Seagulls EH Muhlenberg College
Michael Portela Portsmouth Sea Monsters P Radford University
Dylan Stimpson Sandbridge Seagulls P University of Maine
Jesse Carlos Garcia Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs P Baylor University
Robert Cook Chesapeake Suns P Virginia Wesleyan University
Ethan Baer Chesapeake Suns P Pomona-Pitzer
CJ Morris Chesapeake Suns P Virginia Wesleyan University
Trevor Ham Portsmouth Sea Monsters P Clark University
Trevor Jurjevich Sandbridge Seagulls P Alabama State
Shaun O’Reilly Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs P Albright College

 

HONORABLE MENTION
Parker Moss Portsmouth Sea Monsters Jackson State Community College
Jared Hibbeln Portsmouth Sea Monsters Mendocino College
Billy Welch Virginia Beach Waves Virginia Wesleyan University
Nate Valentine Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs SUNY Brockport
Seth Burnham Sandbridge Seagulls Herkimer Community College
Andrew Riddick Sandbridge Seagulls Norfolk State

 

Opening Day – 2018 Season

The 2018 season kicks of Monday, June 4, 2018 with 5 games on the schedule. Join us at Virginia Wesleyan University and Lakewood Park for great collegiate summer league baseball. Admission is free to the public, coolers are allowed, no glass bottles. Thank you.

Mon 4-Jun
Seagulls Fightin’ Crabs 2:00pm VA Wesleyan 7 innings
Fightin’ Crabs Hawks 4:30pm VA Wesleyan 7 innings
Sea Monsters Voyagers 1:00pm Lakewood Park 9 innings
Shredders Daredevils 4:00pm Lakewood Park 9 innings
Suns Legends 7:00pm Lakewood Park 9 innings

Sea Monsters vs Daredevils in OBX Rained Out

June 8, 2017 – Kill Devil Hills, NC

Tonight’s scheduled game between the Portsmouth Sea Monsters and the Outer Banks Daredevils has been cancelled due to rain and unplayable field conditions.

The Daredevils are on the road this weekend with games at Norfolk State University’s Marty Miller Field on Friday and Sunday night. Game times are at 7pm both nights.

The Daredevils return home on Monday night, June 12th to take on the Suffolk Fightin’ Crabs. Game time 7pm at our home field located at the First Flight Athletic Complex. 109 Veterans Dr. KDH.

Tuesday night’s OBX game cancelled

June 6, 2017 – Kill Devil Hills, NC

Tonight’s Tidewater Summer League game between the Tidewater Hawks and the Outer Banks Daredevils has been cancelled due to unplayable field conditions.

This game will be made up later in the season as part of a double header, date and time is TBD.