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Vilade Continues Baseball Success
August 5, 2020

Jim Vilade (middle) with Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor from Texas Rangers

The recent assignment of shortstop Ryan Vilade to the Colorado Rockies alternate training site sparked an inquiry as to the current status of his father, former ACBL All-Star Jim Vilade (Baylor University, Jersey Pilots, 92-94). Ryan was a second round draft pick of the Rockies out of Stillwater, Oklahoma HS in 2017 and a California League All-Star in 2019 after hitting .303 with ten triples, 12 home runs, 71 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.

Jim was a First Team All-State player at Bernards High School and played for the Pilots for three years under Glen Gardner as field manager. He was captain of the Baylor University Bears when they won the Southwest Conference championship in 1993.

Vilade started two NCAA programs from the ground up. He guided the University of Dallas for four seasons before leading the University of Texas at Tyler for their first seven years. In these eleven seasons he compiled a 348-117 record and is the second winningest coach in NCAA baseball in Texas and trails only Cliff Gustafson, the former University of Texas coach.

For six seasons he worked for the Texas Rangers AA affiliate, the Frisco Rough Riders. He then served as an assistant coach for Oklahoma State University for four years. Most recently he has rejoined the Miami Marlins as a scout. He has always been very active in community affairs and is the founder of the Keeper of the Game foundation for kids with special needs and disabilities. The organization provides special baseball experiences and fosters their love of baseball.

Jordan DiValerio Signs with Boston Red Sox
June 16, 2020

Jordan DiValerio Signs with Boston Red Sox
Jordan DiValerio Photo Courtesy of Sideline Photos, LLC

Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph’s University, Quakertown Blazers) signed a free agent contact with Boston Red Sox on Sunday morning, the first day that NDFAs could sign after the MLB 2020 Amateur Draft. This spring the 6-1, 200 lb. RHP posted a 3-1 record with a 2.38 ERA across four starts in the shortened season. Two of his wins were earned in Hawk victories over Coastal Carolina and Ohio State. His 33 strikeouts and three victories tied him for the Atlantic 10 lead in both categories.

In 2017 DiValerio posted a 1-0 record for the Blazers over five starts and 25 innings. He struck out 24 with nine base on balls while posting a 2.80 ERA and was #8 on the ACBL Top Prospect List for 2017.

2020 ACBL Season has been cancelled
May 30, 2020

ACBL Officially Cancels 2020 Season

ACBL COVID-19 Update
May 1, 2020

The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) on April 30th took further action in remaining optimistic for a 2020 College Summer Baseball Season. The 2020 Summer Season Opener has been delayed til July 1st.

The ACBL plans to make a formal decision no later than May 31st on whether to proceed forward or cancel the season altogether. The ACBL to date has a model in place that would accommodate a 30 game schedule plus Playoffs.

Over the upcoming weeks, The ACBL will be assessing all information and guidance provided by health officials and our local authorities to ensure the safety of all league participants. We all want nothing more than to commence our summer baseball season; I would encourage everyone to check back regularly to receive the latest updates as this situation continues to evolve.

Stay Safe, Stay Clean
Angelo Fiore

NACSB April 8th Statement on COVID-19
April 9, 2020

The National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) is monitoring developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect summer baseball for our member leagues. We are engaging in regular alliance discussions as well as conversations with our partners at Major League Baseball.

The NACSB covers many different states and regions of the country. With states individually handling the bulk of the response and restrictions that are put in place, each league is faced with a different set of circumstances and unique challenges due to this pandemic.

Due to vast uncertainty about when the pandemic will safely pass and when social distancing requirements may be loosened, it is difficult to predict what kind of summer baseball season there will be this year. We expect to receive more guidance about this in the coming weeks. Each league is prepared with different contingency plans should it be deemed safe to host games.

Each summer the NACSB is home to over 4,500 college baseball players who hail from over 900 schools. Our leagues share a singular goal of helping college baseball players get back on the diamond this summer in preparation for the next college season or possibly a future in professional baseball. To achieve this, we encourage you to follow federal, state, and local orders. Stay safe, be patient, and please stay home.

The NACSB is an alliance of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball. Members of the NACSB provide a platform for elite college baseball players to compete at a high level. Players are bound by NCAA eligibility and are sent to each member league by their college coach. Member leagues include: Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, California Collegiate League, Cape Cod Baseball League, Florida Collegiate Summer League, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Sunbelt Baseball League, Valley Baseball League.

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