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California Collegiate League

The California Collegiate League (CCL), founded in 1993, is a collegiate summer baseball league headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, United States. It is associated with the National Baseball Congress.

The California Collegiate League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1993
Commissioner Pat Burns
No. of teams 14
Country  United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Orange County Riptide
Official website California Collegiate League: Home

The CCL hosts a 39-game summer season including a north-vs.-south All-Star Game.[1] Players use wooden bats and professional-level baseballs to further their development as potential professional ballplayers.

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HistoryEdit

Four new teams from Northern California joined the CCL in 2014 (Menlo Park Legends, Neptune Beach Pearl, Pacific Union Capitalists and Walnut Creek Crawdads).[2]

Since 2014, the CCL has undergone significant growth and expansion, now chartering teams from Placerville to Orange County. Teams added to the league since the conclusion of 2013 postseason include, the Walnut Creek Crawdads, the Neptune Beach Pearl, the Menlo Park Legends (who have since left the league), and the Orange Country Riptide.

In 2015, the Texas Rangers, selected Dillon Tate with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, marking the highest a CCL alumnus has been drafted.[3]

In 2017, the California Collegiate League will expand to include the Rockville Rock Hounds, the Auburn Wildcats, the Long Beach Legends, and the Arroyo Seco Sentinels. This will bring the total number of teams from 10 to 14.

Current teamsEdit

Team Location Home field Year Founded
Academy Barons Compton MLB Urban Youth Academy 2007
Arroyo Seco Saints Pasadena Jackie Robinson Field at Brookside Park 2004
Auburn Wildcats Foresthill James Field
Conejo Oaks Thousand Oaks Sparky Anderson Field 2006
Healdsburg Prune Packers Healdsburg Recreation Park 1921
Long Beach Legends Long Beach Long Beach City College Home Stadium
Neptune Beach Pearl Oakland Laney College
Orange County Riptide Irvine CUI Eagles Field 2015
Rockville Rock Hounds Vacaville Yarbrough Field 2016
San Luis Obispo Blues San Luis Obispo Sinsheimer Park 1946
Santa Barbara Foresters Santa Barbara Santa Barbara City College Pershing Park 1991
Southern California Catch La Mirada Biola University Eagles Diamond 2013
Ventura Halos Ventura Ventura College Baseball Complex 2013
Walnut Creek Crawdads Oakland Laney College

Former teamsEdit

  • Bakersfield Sound
  • Glendale Angelenos
  • Los Angeles Brewers
  • Monterrey Bay Sox
  • Menlo Park Legends
  • Oxnard Suns
  • PUF Capitalists
  • Team Vegas

ChampionsEdit

Season Winner Runner-up Result
2012 San Luis Obispo Blues
2013 Los Angeles Brewers Santa Barbara Foresters 2-1 (best of 3)
2014 Los Angeles Brewers Neptune Beach Pearl
2015 Neptune Beach Pearl Los Angeles Brewers
2016 Santa Barbara Foresters Conejo Oaks
2017 Orange County Riptide Healdsburg Prune Packers

Statistical leaders historyEdit

BattingEdit

Year Batting Average Runs Scored Runs Batted In Home Runs Stolen Bases
2014 Jon Torres, Los Angeles Dylan Moore, Los Angeles Granger Studdard, Santa Barbara Nick Maguire/Tristan Gray Granger Studdard, Santa Barbara
2015 Larry Barraza, Academy Barons Larry Barraza, Academy Barons Aaron Cisneros, Academy Barons Aaron Cisneros, Academy Barons Keyon Allen, Academy Barons
2016 Bret Boswell, Santa Barbara Billy Wilson, Healdsburg Martin Teague, Academy Barons Chad Spanberger, Conejo Billy Wilson, Healdsburg
2017 Dayton Provost, Ventura Bryce Nagata, Healdsburg Jamey Smart, Healdsburg Lucas Halstead/James Free II Bryce Nagata, Healdsburg

PitchingEdit

Year Earned Run Average Wins Strikeouts Saves
2014 Matt Esparza, Los Angeles Vance Tatum, San Luis Obispo Jon Duplantier, Santa Barbara Andrew Vinson/Evan Rutter/Eddie Muhl
2015 Angel Rodriguez, Conejo Gary Cornish, Santa Barbara Peter Bayer, Los Angeles Adam Atkins, San Luis Obispo
2016 Kyle Johnston, Santa Barbara Korey Anderson, San Luis Obispo Tanner Murphy, Orange County Reece Buska, Academy Barons
2017 Tanner Lawson, Santa Barbara Ty Weist, Santa Barbara Ty Weist, Santa Barbara Justin Smith, Neptune Beach

Notable alumni of current teamsEdit

While all teams in the California Collegiate League have combined for over 100 years of history, not all teams have played in the CCL throughout their history. The notable alumni of the current teams who have played in the CCL or in their respective teams' previous leagues include:

Academy BaronsEdit

Arroyo Seco SaintsEdit

Conejo OaksEdit

Neptune Beach PearlEdit

Santa Barbara ForestersEdit

San Luis Obispo BluesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "California Collegiate League All-Star Game to be nationally televised on July 17". Think Blue LA. 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "CCL Accepts Petition from Four Bay Area Teams to Join League in 2014". Summer Baseball Insider. 8 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alumni - Academy Barons". Academy Barons Baseball. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 

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