About the Newark Pilots
“Newark Pilots baseball – prepare for takeoff!”
The Newark Pilots, founded in 2010, are charter members of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) and began to play in the summer of 2011. In only their first season of competition, the Pilots established themselves as one of the top summer collegiate baseball teams in upstate New York and the entire northeast, as Newark upset the Amsterdam Mohawks in the three-game 2011 PGCBL Championship Series to take the league’s inaugural title.
The Pilots have built a tradition of excellence on the diamond, qualifying for postseason play in each of the team’s first four seasons. In addition to capturing the 2011 PGCBL Championship, Newark also won the West Division Championship Series in 2014 and reached the league championship series for the second time. The Pilots also won the West Division regular-season title in 2014 with a 27-19 record.
Historic Colburn Park is the home for all Newark Pilots home games. Originally opened in the 1930s, Colburn Park served as the home for the Newark Co-Pilots and the Newark Orioles minor league teams from 1968 to 1987. The ballpark boasts one of the finest playing fields in the region and has undergone several renovations. Such improvements include a new left-field scoreboard, new seating, and a party deck down the left-field line.
Alumni of the Newark Pilots include MLB First-Year Player Draft picks Drew Hasler (White Sox, 2015), Steve Laurino (Orioles, 2015), Nick Parent (White Sox, 2013), Michael Saunders (Reds, 2012), Louis Silverio (White Sox, 2014), Luis Silverio (Diamondbacks, 2015), Kane Sweeney (Yankees, 2015), and Tim Locastro (Blue Jays, 2013). Pilots players have come from Division I programs including, but not limited to, Buffalo, Binghamton, BYU, Cal State Northridge, Central Connecticut State, Connecticut, Columbia, Cornell, Florida International, Houston Baptist, Kentucky, Marist, Maryland, Morehead State, Northeastern, Penn, Rutgers, Saint Joseph’s (Pa.), Samford, San Francisco, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and Virginia. Newark hurlers have won two PGCBL Pitcher of the Year awards, the first going to Dominick Ruscitti of Kutztown University in 2011 and the latter to Jayson Yano of Stevens Institute of Technology in 2014. Over the team’s five seasons of competition, 24 players have been named All-PGCBL.
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About the PGCBL
“It’s collegiate summer baseball, minor-league style”
In its short history, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) has evolved into the premier summer collegiate baseball league in upstate New York and is quickly rising among the ranks of the most competitive leagues in the nation. The league’s name is derived from its partnership with Perfect Game USA, a leader in amateur baseball scouting.
The PGCBL was founded in 2010 and began to play in the summer of 2011 with eight charter members in cities across upstate New York. For the 2018 season, league membership has grown to a record 13 teams: Adirondack, Albany, Amsterdam, Elmira, Geneva, Glens Falls, Jamestown, Mohawk Valley, Newark, Oneonta, Saugerties, Utica, and Watertown. Several teams in the PGCBL call former New York-Penn League ballparks home, including the Newark Pilots.
Teams in the PGCBL draw talent from some of the best colleges and universities across the country, including some of the most competitive programs at the Division I level. In 2017, the PGCBL featured players from Division I schools such as Auburn, Buffalo, Connecticut, Cornell, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Rice, and Virginia – the reigning NCAA Division I World Series Champions.
The PGCBL will play a 48 game schedule in 2020, beginning in early June with the playoffs spanning the first two weeks of August. In the last two seasons combined, over 400,000 fans have attended a PGCBL game, fostered by a family-friendly environment that features contests, giveaways, promotions and postgame fireworks.