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The Midwest Collegiate League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams made up of college players from North America and beyond. All players in the league must have college eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility.

Midwest Collegiate League
Midwest Collegiate League logo.jpg
No. of teams6
Countries United States
Most recent
Southland Vikings (2017)
Most titlesNorthwest Indiana Oilmen (2), Southland Vikings (2),



Formed in 2010 as a four-team summer collegiate wood bat league, MCL played their first season in the summer of 2011. The original four members were Chicago Zephyrs, Rockford Foresters, Southland Vikings and Will County CrackerJacks. Teams play a 30-45 game schedule with league playoffs. The league all-star game is played sometime around mid-season.

The league quickly expanded to eight teams for their second season in 2012, with the addition of DeKalb County Liners, DuPage County Hounds, Illinois Lincolns and Northwest Indiana Oilmen. Two of teams (Illinois and Will County) failed to complete the season schedule.

Six teams made up the 2013 season as the league welcomed the Lexington Snipes, replacing DeKalb County.

MCL stayed steady with six teams with the addition of Joliet Admirals (2014) and Michigan City Lakers (2015) replacing teams (Rockford in 2014; Chicago in 2015) who ceased operations.

Before the 2016 season Lexington Snipes announced that they would sit out the season. The league continued with six teams with the addition of the Bloomington Bobcats.[1][2]

The Crestwood Panthers, the newest team in the Midwest Collegiate League replaced the Michigan City Lakers before the 2017 season.

Before the 2018 season, The Joliet Admirals became the Joliet Generals.


Team City Home Ballpark Year Joined
Bloomington Bobcats Bloomington, Ill. O'Neil Park 2016
Crestwood Panthers Crestwood, Ill. Howie Minas Field 2017
DuPage County Hounds Lemont, Ill. Lemont High School Sports Complex 2012
Joliet Generals Joliet, Ill. Wayne L. King Field 2014
Northwest Indiana Oilmen Whiting, Ind. Oil City Stadium 2012
Southland Vikings Chicago Heights, Ill. Hap Bruno Field 2011

Former teamsEdit

  • Chicago Zephyrs (2011-14)
  • DeKalb County Liners (2012)
  • Illinois Lincolns (2012)
  • Michigan City Lakers (2015-16)
  • Rockford Foresters (2011-13)
  • Will County CrackerJacks (2011-12)


Championship series are a best-of three.

Season Winner Runner-up Result
2011 Will County CrackerJacks Rockford Foresters 2-1
2012 Northwest Indiana Oilmen DeKalb County Liners 2-0
2013 Southland Vikings[3] Northwest Indiana Oilmen 2-0
2014 Southland Vikings[4] DuPage County Hounds 2-0
2015 DuPage County Hounds[5] Lexington Snipes 2-1
2016 Northwest Indiana Oilmen DuPage County Hounds 2-1
2017 Southland Vikings Bloomington Bobcats 2-1


  1. ^ "New for 2016: Bloomington Bobcats". Ballpark Digest. 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Bloomington Bobcats set to return". The Pantagraph. 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Southland rides Chigas to MCL title". Northwest Indiana Times. 4 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Local products carry standard on field for Northwest Indiana Oilmen". Chicago Tribune. 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Matt Wollnik hones his batting eye playing with DuPage County Hounds". Chicago Tribune. 9 August 2015.

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