Midwest Collegiate League
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.
|No. of teams||6|
|Southland Vikings (2017)|
|Most titles||Northwest 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.
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|
- 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.
|2011||Will County CrackerJacks||Rockford Foresters||2-1|
|2012||Northwest Indiana Oilmen||DeKalb County Liners||2-0|
|2013||Southland Vikings||Northwest Indiana Oilmen||2-0|
|2014||Southland Vikings||DuPage County Hounds||2-0|
|2015||DuPage County Hounds||Lexington Snipes||2-1|
|2016||Northwest Indiana Oilmen||DuPage County Hounds||2-1|
|2017||Southland Vikings||Bloomington Bobcats||2-1|
- "New for 2016: Bloomington Bobcats". Ballpark Digest. 26 January 2016.
- "Bloomington Bobcats set to return". The Pantagraph. 27 January 2016.
- "Southland rides Chigas to MCL title". Northwest Indiana Times. 4 August 2013.
- "Local products carry standard on field for Northwest Indiana Oilmen". Chicago Tribune. 30 May 2015.
- "Matt Wollnik hones his batting eye playing with DuPage County Hounds". Chicago Tribune. 9 August 2015.