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Summer-collegiate leagues launch this week

The next round of baseball begins this week, as the NCAA season ends and the summer-collegiate leagues begin play.

One regular season done, one beginning.

The NCAA regular season ended over the weekend, which means the summer-collegiate season opens this week. If you've never taken in a summer-collegiate game, do so; the teams feature virtual college all-star teams and usually play at old minor-league parks, many dating back to the WPA era of ballparks.

The Coastal Plain League launches Wednesday and the Northwoods League launches Thursday; the West Coast League, Cape Cod League, Texas Collegiate League, Prospect League and Florida Collegiate Summer League all begin in June. This story on the Peninsula Pilots typifies the summer-collegiate experience: the team plays in a classic minor-league ballpark (and a former AAA facility, to boot), and the team faces challenges in procuring players.

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