In an effort to exercise all due diligence in providing our players, coaches, interns, umpires, staff and fans the safest possible environment, the league’s executive committee has implemented the following changes to league procedures:
SOCIAL DISTANCING – In addition to requiring all staff and fans to maintain proper social distancing while at the ballpark, for the 2020 season, players will maintain proper social distancing practices on and off the diamond. Rule adjustments concerning players staying in the dugouts have been made to allow for players to spread out down their respective sidelines to be able to maintain proper social distancing.
NO SHARED WATER – There will no longer be team water coolers or shared drinking coolers; each player will be responsible to bring their own personal cooler with an adequate supply of water/gator-aide for their use.
NO SHARED EQUIPMENT – Each player will provide 100% of their own personal safety equipment, such as batting helmets, Evo-Shields, etc. and will not be sharing equipment with other teammates. Each player will be responsible to bring their equipment along with everything they will need for the game with them to and from each game.
HAND SANITIZING STATIONS – will be set up by each dugout to allow the players and coaches to sanitize their hands regularly throughout the game.
DAY GAMES – Based on current CDC and VA DOH guidance regarding the effectiveness of direct sunlight in reducing the communicability of COVID-19 on surfaces, all games being played in Virginia have been scheduled as day games.
LIMITING THE NUMBER OF FANS ATTENDING GAMES – The league will follow CDC and VA DOH guidance regarding the number of people allowed to attend an outdoor event and limit fan attendance accordingly. We will continue to monitor said guidance throughout the season, and make adjustments to increase that number as allowed by the Governor and the phased reopening of our industry. In addition, fans will be required to maintain proper social distancing measures at all times, and will be allowed to bring their own coolers into the ballpark with food and beverages for their personal use.
LIVE BROADCAST – The league will live stream all games free of charge on our Facebook &/or Twitter pages. Fan’s will also be able to follow all of the action online via our Game Changer feed.
The league will continue to monitor the most up to date guidance provided by the CDC and the VA Dept. of Health and their impact on our industry. We reserve the right to continue to make any changes necessary to better ensure the safety of our players, coaches, interns, umpires, staff and fans. We look forward to a great summer of baseball.
Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation as we work together to bring baseball back for the 2020 summer.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related business closures, the TSL’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to cancel the Development Division’s 2020 Season. The league plans to resume operating the development division for the 2021 season.
At this time, the league continues to monitor the situation, optimistic that the Premier Division’s 2020 Season will be able to be played as scheduled. Updates will be provided as they become available.
The Edenton Steamers organization is excited to announce that Marshall McDonald has been hired as the new Head Coach for the 2020 season. McDonald is currently an Assistant Coach at Montreat College in Montreat, NC. He is heading into his second season with the Cavaliers.
McDonald will look to add another successful notch in his summer collegiate coaching belt, as this will be his sixth consecutive summer on the field. He served as the Head Coach of the Lexington County Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) for the past two seasons.
The TSL’s Premier Division announce plans for 5 teams to participate in 2020 season. Joining the Tidewater Drillers, Greenbrier Knights and Outer Banks Daredevils will be the Edenton Steamers and the Old Dominion Hitters.
The TSL’s Premier Division teams will play a 36 game regular season schedule, plus the post season play-off series and league championship series. The season is set to open on May 29, 2020, and will conclude the post season August 1, 2020.
The TSL announced that the Edenton Steamers will host the Premier Division’s inaugural All-Star Game, time and date is TBA.
The Tidewater Summer League is excited to see a pair of our alumni playing in the 2019 MBL World Series. Ryan Zimmerman, National’s first basemen (University of Virginia, Tidewater Drillers) and Daniel Hudson, National’s pitcher (Old Dominion University, Greenbrier Knights) will help to lead the Washington Nationals against the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series.
Update: Congratulations to Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Hudson and the rest of the Washington Nationals on winning Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series.
The 2019 season of the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League has concluded for the year, and we grateful for all the hard work put in by our coaches, interns and staff, making 2019 another outstanding season of collegiate summer baseball.
The 2019 season brought together 224 college players from around the country, along with 24 coaches and a dozen interns, all with a shared goal of player development, getting consistent reps in the field and daily live at bats, developing a solid baseball related daily work out routine and a chance to take a step forward in their baseball careers. Virginia Beach was definitely the place to be this summer for college players.
We watched as our players got in over 20,000 hours of work outs, strength and conditioning, speed and agility, hitting, throwing, receiving, position play, base running and team practices, played in 87 games, logging 783 innings of great collegiate wood bat summer baseball.
We watched as our players continued to develop their baseball skills throughout the season, putting in the hard work off the field that was visible as they took the field each day.
Daily, personal, baseball focused work outs became habits, reinforced by our daily games, and our hope is that our players will continue their daily work outs during the remainder of the summer and return to their respective schools a better baseball player than when they left last spring.
We saw our hitters get better each week, with hitters becoming more disciplined, going to the plate with a solid approach and a plan, and QAB’s went up for all our hitters as the season progressed, a testament to their commitment to the developmental program.
We saw our pitching staffs go from 240 – 250 pitches per game down to 160 – 170 pitches per game, and from a dozen plus BB’s per game down to 3 or 4, first pitch strike %’s climbing across the board, and at the end of our season we saw a healthy staff of arms league wide, reinforcing the value of a daily throwing/arm care program that focuses on a proper pre-game and post game routine, warm up progressions, off day throwing routines designed to improve not only control but command.
We saw player confidence rise and we also saw players enjoying the opportunity to take the field each day playing the game they love. We watched as players put in their time on the tees and in the cages, working together daily, in the weight room, pens and fields, and doing it with a smile and excitement as the results made the sweat and grind worthwhile.
We saw friendships formed on the playing fields and in the dugouts, we saw young men conducting themselves in a manner that would make their parents, college coaches and friends proud, as competitiveness and sportsmanship were seen as one.
We saw a new champion crowned, as the Lakewood Legends won their first Postove Cup Championship, adding their name to the Tidewater Summer League’s Champions List. Congratulations to Coach Roberto Vaz and Coach Cody Ortego and all the Legends players.
We watched the MLB draft and once again were excited to see some of our former players getting their name called out as the dream of playing professional baseball instantly became a reality.
We are proud to have been a small part of every players baseball experience, and for those fortunate enough to make it to the next level, we rejoice with them and their families.
We once again saw a dozen of our league’s top players get picked up by some of the country’s top collegiate summer league teams, whose season’s run into the first of August, extending their summer season and providing them with the opportunity to go from our “minor league spring training” style summer program to a “minor league regular season” style program.
We want to say a big Virginia Beach THANK YOU to all of our players, coaches, interns and staff for another great summer.
Congratulations to Evan Keller, LSU-Eunice, on being named the 2019 Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player. Keller had an outstanding summer, helping to led his Lakewood Legends to the 2019 Championship, and went 6 -6 in the Championship Game.
Congratulations to the Lakewood Legends, the 2019 Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League Champions.
The sun was shining at Perry Field on the beautiful campus of Virginia Wesleyan University as the 2019 League Championship Game got underway. The Norfolk Redbirds and the Lakewood Legends used their bats to settle the 2019 Championship, combining to score 36 runs in the 9 inning contest, with the Lakewood Legends coming out on top, claiming their first Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League Championship.
Congratulations Lakewood Legends, you are our 2019 Champions. The Legends are managed by Head Coach Roberto Vaz and Assistant Coach Cody Ortego.
We would also like to congratulate the Norfolk Redbirds with their second place finish, and an overall great summer season. The Redbirds are managed by Head Coach Jon Gold and Assistant Coaches Alec Bryant and Chase Stewart.
Lakewood Legends 19, Norfolk Redbirds 17
Lakewood Legends Wrangles Victory From Norfolk Redbirds After Back-And-Forth Game
Lakewood Legends was boosted by Keller who went 6-for-6 at the plate. Keller homered in the first, singled in the second, singled in the third, singled in the fourth, singled in the seventh, and singled in the eighth.
Batting2B: Ben Berger, Christopher Mills, Peter Stauber, Christian Szablewski HR: Carlo Zorola TB: Ben Berger 3, Jordan Hara 4, Nicholas Hussey, Christopher Mills 4, Peter Stauber 3, Christian Szablewski 2, Carlo Zorola 5 RBI: Ben Berger, Jordan Hara, Max Lipscomb, Darren McKeown, Christopher Mills 4, Peter Stauber 2, Carlo Zorola ROE: Jordan Hara, Darren McKeown, Christopher Mills 2, Christian Szablewski 2, Carlo Zorola FC: Darren McKeown 2 HBP: Max Lipscomb 2, Carlo Zorola GIDP: Ben Berger PIK: Jordan Hara, Darren McKeown TotalsTeam QAB: 26 (44.83%) Ben Berger 3, Jordan Hara 2, Nicholas Hussey 3, Max Lipscomb, Darren McKeown 3, Christopher Mills 5, Campbell Pryor, Peter Stauber 3, Christian Szablewski 2, Carlo Zorola 3
Team LOB: 12FieldingE: Ben Berger, Jordan Hara, Carlo Zorola 3
PitchingW: Azriel Davidson HBP: Cody Ray, Dylan Schumacher, Azriel Davidson WP: Dylan Schumacher Pitches-Strikes: Kyle McShaffry 26-21, Cody Ray 55-25, Dylan Schumacher 11-5, Nytorious Cooler 22-10, Logan Dunbar 16-8, Azriel Davidson 75-43 Groundouts-Flyouts: Kyle McShaffry 0-4, Cody Ray 3-1, Dylan Schumacher 0-0, Nytorious Cooler 0-1, Logan Dunbar 1-0, Azriel Davidson 2-4 First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Kyle McShaffry 8-10, Cody Ray 7-17, Dylan Schumacher 0-3, Nytorious Cooler 3-5, Logan Dunbar 2-4, Azriel Davidson 10-19 Key
AB: At bats
R: Runs scored
RBI: Runs batted in
BB: Base on balls (walks)
HR: Home runs
Grand slam: Grand slam home runs
TB: Total bases
RBI: Runs batted in
SAC: Sacrifice hits & bunts
SF: Sacrifice flies
ROE: Reached on error
FC: Hit into fielder’s choice
HBP: Hit by pitch
CI: Batter advances on catcher’s interference
GIDP: Hit into double play
GITP: Hit into triple play
SB: Stolen bases
CS: Caught stealing
PIK: Picked off
QAB: Quality at bats (any one of: 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitch ABs, XBH, HHB, BB, SAC Bunt, SAC Fly)
QAB%: Quality at bats per plate appearance
LOB: Runners left on base at the end of an inning
DP: Double Plays
TP: Triple Plays
IP: Innings Pitched
#P: Total pitches
S%: Strike percentage
H: Hits allowed
R: Runs allowed
ER: Earned runs allowed
BB: Base on balls (walks)
HR: Home runs allowed
BS: Blown saves
HBP: Hit batters
WP: Wild pitches
SPECIAL THANKS TO…
We would also like to thank our broadcast interns for a great job this summer bringing some new technology to the TSL with the FB Live Stream. Adam Cohen and Devin Sawyer, you guys did an awesome job. We would also like to say thank you to Jared Moore and Alec Hanney for a great job working with our operations staff, we love our interns.
We would like to thank Eastern Officials Association for another outstanding year of professional umpire services; thank you to Virginia Wesleyan University and their great staff for taking great care of our members; thank you to LTD Hospitality Group for providing great lodging options for our parents; thank you Richard Miller for some great photographs and videos; thank you Grand Slam 2 for allowing our members to use your facility and the discounts on the equipment; and thank you to all of our players, interns and our coaches, thanks for another great summer of collegiate summer league baseball.
Finally, we would like to recognize and say thank you to Shannon Dooley, our Director of Game Day Operations, for keeping everything running smoothly, communicating between the league, our interns, coaches, members and umpires, and for all the things you do to ensure everyone has a great summer, thank you.
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