After several years of losing franchises, the summer-collegiate New England Collegiate Baseball League will expand by three in 2013, adding teams in South Kingstown (RI), Plymouth (Mass.) and Saratoga Springs, NY.
“We are thrilled at the addition of Plymouth, Saratoga Springs and South Kingstown,” said NECBL Commissioner Sean McGrath. “All three of these communities share the core values of the NECBL: bringing top quality baseball and family entertainment value while being integrated in the community fabric.
“All three organizations enjoy tremendous community support. We look forward to their participation in the NECBL family for years to come.”
The South Kingstown organization will play as the Ocean State Waves. Ocean State has a natural built-in rivalry with Newport, Mystic and New Bedford.
GM Dan Scaring successfully ran the Saratoga Phillies in the NYCBL and will head the new Saratoga Brigade franchise.
Plymouth GM Dave Dittmann, an NECBL veteran, brings NYCBL experience from his days as general partner of the Amsterdam Mohawks. The team will play as the Plymouth Pilgrims.
As part of the expansion, the League has announced re-alignment. Laconia, Sanford, Ocean State, New Bedford, Newport, Mystic and Plymouth will play in the Eastern Division. Vermont, Keene, Saratoga Springs, North Adams, Holyoke and Danbury comprise the Western Division.
It is the NECBL’s first expansion since the 2003 season. The League last played with 13 teams in 2004.
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