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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 and located in Virginia Beach, VA, we are one of the oldest Baseball Leagues in the Mid-Atlantic region, consistently delivering a great summer baseball experience for 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.

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.

The Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League is a developmental league, focused on providing our players with a professionally ran summer playing experience. We are led by our experienced coaches and staff, whose shared goals are focused on helping develop college baseball players. Our 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. To ensure our members get the most from their summer baseball experience,  our players will also receive instruction and leadership from our outstanding coaching staff, with decades of experience helping collegiate student/athletes develop.

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. Further, every season, players looking to tranistion to a new school have been able to parlay their summer baseball experience into a new collegiate playing opportunity.

Tidewater Summer League (formerly known as the Norfolk City League & Norfolk Summer League) has been fielding baseball teams across the greater Hampton Roads area throughout the decades. Our goal is to provide quality playing opportunities for collegiate baseball players; to maintain a quality venue for area college coaches to evaluate potential prospects, helping to connect programs with players; and to continue providing great family entertainment for our area’s baseball fans, as we have done since 1946.

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History

The Tidewater Summer League traces its origins back to the mid 1940′s. In the midst of WWII, a group of local baseball teams, including some Military teams representing their various branches of the service and military bases in the Tidewater area, begin playing in what became known as the Norfolk City League. The inaugural season of the Norfolk City League is listed at 1946, with the 1946 City League All Star game drawing over 3,000 fans to Norfolk’s Lakewood Park, as reported by the Viriginian.

The league has boasted of many great players and teams throughout the years, and continues to provide the Tidewater area with great baseball summer after summer. Former League Commissioner Bud Metheny led the City League for many years, with the help of great baseball men like Harry Postove, professional scout and long time league executive committee member along with countless others. Joe Hudgins served as commissioner during the 1960’s and in 1980, under the leadership of then commissioner Sully Callahan, the City League merged with the local Thoroughbred baseball program, and was renamed the Tidewater Summer League.

Leading the transition were men like Robert McKinney, Sr., Bill Kline,  Maylen Parker, Bobby McKinney, Ducky Davis and Gary Wright, with the continued guidance and advice of Harry Postove, whose passion for baseball, devotion to the league and countless hours of hard work provided a great platform for the league to be able to continue its mission of providing local athletes the opportunity to play the game of baseball at a high level of competition, while providing the baseball fans of Tidewater a great league to support and enjoy. Gary Wright served as commissioner during the mid 80′s and early 90′s, with the continued help of Harry Postove, Towny Townsend, local scout Bobby McKinney, and many others. Gary Wright helped guide the league and continued its great tradition of quality baseball in the Tidewater area. In 1995, Michael Dooley became the league’s  commissioner, and continues in that position at present.

During Michael Dooley’s tenure as commissioner, with the continued support of Gary Wright, Bobby McKinney, Harry Postove, Chris Parsons, Chuck Slaughter and many others, the league has continued to focus on providing local collegiate athletes the opportunity to play in a high quality, competitive summer baseball league. In 1998, the league begin allowing only wood bats for use in games, and increased opportunities for collegiate athletes to participate. Over the past 20 plus years, Commissioner Dooley has increased the league’s focus on scouting and recruiting the area’s top prospects, player development, establishing and expanding networks to help connect players and collegiate programs, while working to provide a high quality venue for collegiate and professional scouts to evaluate players. Below you will find a partial list of the names of the many great athletes who played in our league and went on to enjoy a professional career in baseball.

In addition, during this time, the league helped to establish wood bat summer programs for our local high school student/athletes, adding a summer high school varsity wood bat league and a summer high school junior varsity wood bat league that plays a mid week schedule, and also adding a fall high school varsity wood bat league. Roland Wright (Western Branch HS Head Coach) was instrumental in the establishment and development of the high school divisions, and continues to serve as the commissioner of all three high school divisions.

In all, the TSL combines to field over 40 teams each year, providing over 500 local student/athletes the opportunity to compete in a high quality, local, wood bat league. We are very appreciative of the support we receive from our local colleges, high schools and cities, as well as the support of our local business community. 70  years of baseball in the Tidewater area and still going strong, the Tidewater Summer League is looking forward to many more great years of baseball to come.

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Tidewater Summer League

Physical Address: 1612 Willow Wood Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1566, Nags Head, NC 27959

Email Address: tidewatersummerleague@gmail.com

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EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Michael Dooley, League Commissioner; Scouting and Recruiting Director, founder and GM Greenbrier Knights Baseball Club; former Head Coach TSL’s Greenbrier Knights, GM & Head Coach TSL’s Outer Banks Daredevils; 11 Tidewater Summer League Championships; former player TSL;

Gary Wright, founder and GM Tidewater Drillers Baseball Club, General Manager & Head Coach Tidewater Drillers Baseball Club; ODU Baseball Alum; Bud Methany Award Recipient; 12 Tidewater Summer League Championships & Muliple Youth Travel/Club Ball Regional & National Championships; former player TSL;

Gary Lavelle, head coach Bryant & Stratton College; co-head coach TSL’s Norfolk Voyagers Baseball Club; retired MLB pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1974 to 1985 and 1987, San Francisco Giants & Tornoto Blue Jays, recording 769 big league strike outs.; former pitching instructor NY Yankees; former state champion high school coach with Greenbrier Christian Academy;

Michael Cuddyer, retired MLB player who  played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets. Cuddyer was a two-time MLB All-Star, and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2013, when he led the National League in batting average; former player TSL;

Tony Guzzo, Spec. Asst. Head Coach,  Old Dominion University; co-head coach TSL’s Virginia Beach Shredders Baseball Club; former head coach ODU, VCU, NCW, played collegiate baseball at East Carolina University, former player TSL;

Norbie Wilson, head of baseball operations & asst. coach, Bryant & Stratton College; co-head coach TSL’s Norfolk Voyagers Baseball Club; former head coach, College of the Albemarle, First Colonial HS, VHSL Hall of Fame coach;

Claudell Clark, former head coach & Asst Athletic Director Norfolk State Univ; current Director of Development FestEvents, Norfolk VA; former player TSL;

Jack Moore, asst coach Bryant & Stratton College; co-head coach TSL’s Greenbrier Knights Baseball Club; former head coach Chowan Univ; former asst coach VA Wesleyan College; former player & coach TSL;

Roland Wright, head coach Western Branch High School; commissioner TSL High School Varsity & JV divisions; former player TSL;

Bobby Mckinney, associate scout, Atlanta Braves; Founder, GM & head coach of TSL’s Churchland Thoroughbreds Baseball Club/Mid Atlantic Pirates; 3 Tidewater Summer League Championships; former player & coach TSL;

Chuck Slaughter, head coach IC Norcom High School; head coach TSL’s Greenbrier Knights Baseball Club; 9 Tidewater Summer League Championships; former player TSL;

Allan Erbe, former associate scout, LA Dodgers & Chicago Cubs; co-head coach TSL’s Va Beach Shredders Baseball Club; longtime area coach, instructor, former player TSL;

Mike Milligan, head coach Norfolk Christian Academy; general manager TSL’s Lakewood Legends Baseball Club;

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Colleges and Universities:

Here is a partial list of the colleges and universities that have been represented in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer League during the past few seasons:

Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Radford University, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, William & Mary, East Carolina University, Virginia Military Institute, Auburn University, Canisius College, Campbell University, George Mason University, Longwood University, Mount St. Mary University, Coastal Carolina, Liberty University, Urbanna University, University of Mt. Olive, Methodist University, Christopher Newport University, University of Mary Washington, Lynchburg College, Lander University, Francis Marion University, Limestone College, Belmont Abbey College, Tusculum College, Marymount University, Virginia State University, Randolph-Macon College, Chowan University, Eastern Mennonite University, USC – Sumpter, St. Andrews University, Virginia Wesleyan University, Washington & Lee, Dickinson College, Marietta College, Hampden Sydney College, King University, Cairn University, Bethel College, Averette University, High Point University, Case Western Reserve University, Newport News Apprentice School, Swarthmore College, Bluefield College, Clarke University, Penn State Mont Alto, UVA-Wise, Shenandoah University, North Carolina A&T, Roanoke College, Ferrum College, Louisburg College, College of the Albemarle, Central Virginia Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Lenior Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, Kirkwood Community College, Bridgewater College, Danville Community College, West Virginia Tech CC, Iowa Central Community College, Pitt Community College, Dundalk Community College, Central Alabama Community College, Frederick Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, Prince George’s Community College, Shasta College, Lincoln Memorial Univ, Alma College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Hagerstown CC, California University of PA, Bryant & Stratton College, Chatham University, Lasell College, Coppin State University, Mineral Area CC, US Naval Academy, Brevard College, Wartburg College, Hendrix College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Bryan College, Lynn University, Bowling Green State University, LA Tech, Saint Vincent College, Siena Heights University, Mott CC, Elizabethtown College (PA), Rollings College, Milligan College, Lake Erie College, San Diego Christian College, new River CC, Kansas City Kansas CC, Elms College, Mercyhurst University, Lasell College, Houghton College, Keystone College, Methodist University, Niagara University, Webber International University, College of the Redwoods, Bellarmine University, Asbury University, Alabama A&M University, Three Rivers CC, Saddleback College, Lehman College/C.U.N.Y., Coker College, Wagner College, Jefferson College, Babson College, Daytona State University, Catawba Valley CC, Unive. Of Pittsburgh-Hohnstown, Southern Maine CC, Davis & Elkins College, Allegheny College (PA), Gonzaga, Winston Salem State University, Lincoln University, University of New Orleans, College of the Sequoias, Robert Morris University, Dean College, Penn State Harrisburg, Salva Regina University, Jefferson CC, McHenry County College, Garret Junior College, Hagerstown CC, Gannon University, Cazenovia College, Chatham University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Selma University, Osnard College, Lane College, Central Methodist University (LA).
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Alumni

Here is a partial list of the MLB drafted players and independent league players who have participated in the Tidewater Summer League and our teams:

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman #11

  • 1B
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6′ 3″/225
  • Age: 32
  • Ryan Wallace Zimmerman
  • Born: 9/28/1984 in Washington, NC
  • Draft: 2005, Washington Nationals, 1st rd. (4th overall)
  • College: Virginia
  • TSL: Tidewater Drillers
  • Debut: 9/1/2005
  • Status: Active

Current Stats

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Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds #12

  • 1B
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6′ 2″/220
  • Age: 33

  • Mark Andrew Reynolds
  • Born: 8/3/1983 in Pikeville, KY
  • Draft: 2004, Arizona Diamondbacks, 16th rd. (476th overall)
  • College: Virginia
  • TSL: Tidewater Drillers
  • Debut: 5/16/2007
  • Status: Active

Current Stats

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Melvin Upton Jr.

Melvin Upton Jr. #7

  • LF
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6′ 3″/185
  • Age: 32
  • Melvin Emanuel Upton Jr.
  • Born: 8/21/1984 in Norfolk, VA
  • Draft: 2002, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 1st rd. (2nd overall)
  • High School: Greenbrier Christian Academy, Chesapeake, VA
  • TSL: Greenbrier Knights
  • Debut: 8/2/2004
  • Relationship(s): brother of Justin Upton
  • Status: Active

Current Stats

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Eddie Butler

Eddie Butler #33

  • P
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6′ 2″/180
  • Age: 26

  • Timothy Edward Butler
  • Born: 3/13/1991 in Chesapeake, VA
  • Draft: 2012, Colorado Rockies, 1st rd. (46th overall)
  • College: Radford
  • TSL: Lynnhaven Stars
  • Debut: 6/6/2014
  • Status: Active

Current Stats

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Daniel Hudson

Daniel Hudson #41

  • P
  • B/T: R/R
  • 6′ 3″/225
  • Age: 30

  • Daniel Claiborne Hudson
  • Born: 3/9/1987 in Lynchburg, VA
  • Draft: 2008, Chicago White Sox, 5th rd. (150th overall)
  • College: Old Dominion
  • TSL: Lynnhaven Stars
  • Debut: 9/4/2009
  • Status: Active

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Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas #67

  • P
  • B/T: R/L
  • 6′ 4″/215
  • Ian Drew Thomas
  • Born: 4/20/1987 in Norfolk, VA
  • College: Virginia Commonwealth
  • TSL: Greenbrier Knights
  • Debut: 3/31/2014
  • Status: Disabled List

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Michael Cuddyer – MLB Retired

(Great Bridge HS, Virginia Blasters, TSL Churchland Thoroughbreds, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies & NY Mets) – Retired

MLB All-Star; National League Batting Champion; hit 197 big league homeruns while collecting 794 RBI at the Major League level.

Stats

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Jeff Ware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Ware – MLB Retired

ODU, Greenbrier Knights, Toronto Blue Jays)

Career Stats (Retired)

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Josh Rupe – MLB Retired

(Louisburg College, Liberty University, Greenbrier Knights, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles)

Career Stats  (Retired)
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Bruce Howard – MLB Retired

(Villanova, Norfolk City League & Chicago White Sox) retired

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Al Gettel – MLB Retired

(Norfolk City League & MLB NY Yankees) retired

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Minor League & Indy Players

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Devin Hemmerich (Norfolk State University, Outer Banks Daredevils, LA Dodgers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kyle McPherson (James Madison University, Outer Banks Daredevils, San Francisco Giants)
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Beemer Weems (Baylor University, Tidewater Drillers, San Diego Padres)

Current Stats

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Matt Davenport (William & Mary, Lynnhaven Stars, Detriot Tigers)

Current Stats

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Trey Barham (VMI, Greenbrier Knights, Oakland Athletics)

Current Stats

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Matt Smith (VMI, Virginia Blasters, Tidewater Drillers, Texas Rangers, New York Mets)

Career Stats (Retired)

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Kurt Isenburg  (JMU, Tidewater Drillers, San Diego Padres)

Career Stats (Retired)

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Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez (Greenbrier Knights, Detroit Tigers – Retired)

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Reigal Hunt (ODU, Norfolk Redbirds, Greenbrier Knights, Pittsburg Pirates, retired)

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Marvin “Towny” Townsend (Lake Taylor HS, Virginia Blasters, Tidewater Drillers, Greenbrier Knights, Boston Red Sox)

 

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James Walsh (Randolph-Macon, Outer Banks Daredevils, Soiux City Explorers)

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Kam Stewart (Frostburg St, Greenbrier Knights, Eastside Diamond Hoppers)

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Harry Ferguson (Belmont Abbey College, Outer Banks Daredevils, Plattsburg Redbirds)

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Chance DuCharme (Francis Marion Univ. Outer Banks Daredevils, Lake Erie Crushers)

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Scott Schneider – (Norfolk State Univ. TSL-Churchland Thoroughbreds, Anaheim Angels)

John Curtis (Great Bridge HS, Virginia Blasters, Boston Red Sox, retired)

Mike Mungin (Greenbrier Knights, Oakland Athletics, retired)

Dennis McGlothlin (ODU, Greenbrier Knights, Boston Red Sox, retired)

David Winfree (Tidewater Drillers, Baltimore Orioles, retired),

Mark Parnell (Tidewater Drillers, Kansas City Royals, retired),

Dave Cunningham (LSU, Greenbrier Knights, Tidewater Drillers, Seattle Mariners, retired),

Rex Roth (VWC, Greenbrier Knights, Atlanta Braves, retired),

David Bailey (Indian River HS, Greenbrier Knights, Chicago Cubs, retired),

Brett Craun (W&M, Greenbrier Knights, Florida Marlins, retired),

Nathan Thomas (First Colonial HS, Greenbrier Knights, Chicago Cubs, retired),

Mike Flaski (Greenbrier Knights, Montreal Expos, retired),

Mike Horton (Greenbrier Knights, Philadelphia Phillies, retired),

Phil Kojack (Greenbrier Knights, Independent League, retired),

Jesse Ellison (VWC, Greenbrier Knights, Independent League, retired),

Donnie Just (Radford Univ, Greenbrier Knights, Independent League, retired),

Dan Sellers (Greenbrier Knights, Independent League, retired),

Matt Sinnen (Virginia Wesleyan College & MiLB) retired

Billy Swoope (MiLB) retireed

Matt Williams (MiLB) retired

Kevin Flanagan (MiLB, NY Yankees, Chruchland Thoroughbreds) retired

We know there are many, many names missing from the above list, and will continue to update this list. If your name, or your child’s name should be added above, please email the league office at tidewatersummerleague@gmail.com, put alumni in the subject line, thank you.

 

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TSL CHAMPIONS (1980 – 2017)

2017 – Virginia Beach Waves
2016 – Outer Banks Daredevils
2015 – Outer Banks Daredevils & Greenbrier Knights
2014 – Tidewater Drillers
2013 – Outer Banks Daredevils & Tidewater Drillers
2012 – Virginia Blasters & Greenbrier Knights
2011 – Virginia Blasters
2010 – Virginia Blasters
2009 – Virginia Blasters
2008 – Salem Lobos
2007 – Greenbrier Knights
2006 – Salem Lobos
2005 – Tidewater Drillers
2004 – Greenbrier Knights
2003 – Tidewater Drillers
2002 – Greenbrier Knights
2001 – Greenbrier Knights
2000 – Greenbrier Knights
1999 – Greenbrier Knights
1998 – Tidewater Drillers
1997 – Greenbrier Knights
1996 – Tidewater Drillers
1995 – Tidewater Drillers
1994 – Tidewater Drillers
1993 – Norfolk Redbirds
1992 – Norfolk Redbirds
1991 – Norfolk Redbirds
1990 – Churchland Thoroughbreds
1989 – Tidewater Drillers
1988 – Tidewater Drillers
1987 – Tidewater Drillers
1986 – Tidewater Drillers
1985 – Churchland Thoroughbreds
1984 – Churchland Thoroughbreds
1983 – Chesapeake Athletic Club
1982 – Chesapeake Athletic Club
1981 – Harrison’s Moving & Furniture
1980 – Chesapeake Athletic Club

City League Champions List (1946 – 1979)

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CONTACT INFORMATION 

757, Wood Bat, Baseball Leagues

Division/Age Group Commissioner Contact Information
Collegiate League – Summer Michael Dooley tidewatersummerleague@gmail.com
High School Varisty – Summer Roland Wright roland.wright@cpschools.com
High School Junior Varsity – Summer Roland Wright roland.wright@cpschools.com
High School Varsity – Fall Roland Wright roland.wright@cpschools.com
Adult Recreation League Will Somerindyke info@baseball757.com

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ARCHIVES

from the Virginian-Pilot, April 23, 1964

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Collegiate Summer Wood Bat Baseball League – founded 1946