Florida Collegiate Summer League

    Diego Garcia Wins Sportsmanship Award

    Date:08/12/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    LONGWOOD, FL - The Florida League would like to congratulate Diego Garcia of the DeLand Suns as the 2020 David Eckstein Sportsmanship Award Winner. Garcia is a refugee from Venezuela and attends Pasco Hernando State College.   Diego gives it his all when he’s behind the plate and can always be counted on. During a two week period this summer, Diego was asked to catch nearly every...


    Dalton Ross Earns Top Reliever Award

    Date:08/12/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    LONGWOOD, FL - It’s hard to imagine anybody having a better season than Dalton Ross had in 2020, and that is why he is our 2020 Reliever of the Year! The Seminole County Snapper finished the season with a 0.00 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched with 17.1 of those innings coming in the regular season.   His complete domination looks even better when expanding the numbers. Through his 19.2 inn...


    Montero Named Coach of the Year

    Date:08/11/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    LONGWOOD, FL - Sanford River Rats Head Coach Josh Montero has been named the 2020 Coach of the Year. This was Montero’s second year as the head coach of the River Rats, and fifth overall with the team. Montero coached the River Rats to their fifth Florida League Championship, tied with the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs for the most in league history.   The Rats started off the season 4-0,...


    River Rats Sweep Lightning to Take Home 2020 FCSL Summer League Title

    Date:08/07/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    LEESBURG, FL—In a deciding game-two of the 2020 Florida Collegiate Summer League Championship Series, the Sanford River Rats came through once again, with a five-run eighth inning, to beat the Leesburg Lightning, 6-3, to secure their fifth championship in Sanford history. Jarrod Cande’s (Florida Southern) go-ahead two-run blast was huge in the Rats championship victory. Grayson M...


    Moore's Two-Run Single Lifts Rats Past Lightning in Game 1

    Date:08/06/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

      DeLand, FL-- In a pivotal game one of the 2020 Florida League Championship Series, the Sanford River Rats came through late to beat the Leesburg Lightning, 8-6. A three-run bottom of the eighth was crucial for Sanford to clinch the series-opening game.  It was a rematch on the mound between Leesburg’s Nate Henderson (Flagler) and Jarrod Cande (Florida Southern), and it was the ...


    FCSL Championship Series Preview: River Rats vs. Lightning

    Date:08/05/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   The Contenders: #1 Leesburg Lightning (18-5, 1-0 Postseason) #2 Sanford River Rats (15-6, 1-0 Postseason)   Projected Starters: Game 1 Lightning @ River Rats: LL: Nate Henderson (1-0, 0.00 19K)  SAN: Jarrod Cande (1-2, 2.14, 31K)   Game 2 River Rats @ Lightning: SAN: Grayson Moore (1-0, 1.38 15K)  LL:  Sam Bennett (4-0, 0.00 16K)   ...


    River Rats Escape Squeeze to Move on to Championship Series

    Date:08/04/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    SANFORD, Fla. - High Intensity. Shocking. Down to the wire. All describe Tuesday’s semifinal matchup between the Winter Garden Squeeze and Sanford River Rats, a true example of postseason baseball at its finest.    The stage was set for what would likely be a pitchers dual. Parker Messick (FSU) got the nod for the Squeeze. He only allowed one run and five hits duri...


    Lightning Punch Their Ticket to Championship Series with Dominant Win

    Date:08/04/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   Leesburg, FL – The Seminole County Snappers had their share of momentum heading into the FCSL Semifinal Game against the #1 Seed Leesburg Lightning after beating the Leesburg Storm at Pat Thomas Stadium the night before, but it was the Lighting who were able to defend their home turf and pick up a 9-0 win on their way to the Championship Series. The best of three wil...


    Snappers advance to Round Two

    Date:08/04/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    Leesburg, FL – The Seminole County Snappers took their first win in program history after beating the Leesburg Storm in a close 6-2 ball game. Coach McDaniel is proud of the team’s accomplishment.     “I told the guys after the game it’s something you can always remember for the rest of your career when you look back at this 10 years from now you’re st...


    Week 5 Players of the Week

    Date:08/03/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By: Ryan Gonzalez   We wrapped up the regular season on Saturday, and we had some guys finish really strong. Before telling you about the players of the week, we want to congratulate Rese Brown (Seminole State), Andrew Dunham (Florida Tech), and Zach Camp (Swathmore) on their combined NO HITTER for the Diamond Dawgs on Saturday, August 1st. What a remarkable way finish to finish the season!...


    Playoff Preview Round 1: Snappers @ Storm

    Date:08/03/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   The Contenders: #4 Leesburg Storm (11-11-2) #5 Seminole County Snappers (10-10-2)   Starters: Carson Pillsbury (3-2, 6.75 14K) Dylan Ross (1-0, 0.60, 23K)   Regular Season Results: Tie 1-1 (7/4), Storm 2-1 W (7/11), Snappers 7-3 W (7/30)   With the regular season now behind us, it’s time for the real competition to start! The Leesburg Storm...


    Squeeze hang baker's dozen on loggerheads

    Date:08/03/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    SANFORD, FL-- In a win-or-go-home first-round single-elimination game between the Winter Garden Squeeze and the Seminole County Loggerheads, the Squeeze scorched the Loggerheads 13-3, behind two big innings to break the game wide open.                It was a pitching matchup from a pair of lefties that have had success all su...


    2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/03/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    As we enter the first week of August, we bring in the 2020 Playoffs with us. It’s been an absolutely wild ride getting to this point in the season, and the Playoffs will only bring in more memorable moments as we sprint towards the finish line. We have complete previews for all six teams available, but here is a quick breakdown as we look to crown the 2020 Florida League Champion.   1...


    Squeeze 2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By: Kyrin Mayfield It was an eventful start to the season for the Winter Garden Squeeze. Three of Winter Garden’s first six games were affected by severe weather. The extra rest proved beneficial, though, as the Squeeze went on a three game winning streak following a 1-2 start. After finishing last in the league in 2019 with a record of 6-30, Winter Garden improved to 12-9-1 at the conclusi...


    River Rats 2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By: Matt McClure The postseason is right around the corner, and the Sanford River Rats are one of the hottest teams in the whole league right now. Sanford finished the 2020 campaign in second place with a 15-6 record, winning eight of their last nine games. The River Rats are a team that is built for a playoff run because of the recent hot bats and pitching that they display each game.   O...


    Storm 2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   It’s been a wild ride for the Leesburg Storm in their inaugural season, and after a summer of ups and downs, they seem to be putting it altogether at the right time, finishing up the regular season in fourth place, good enough to host a playoff game in round one. This young team has some exciting ballplayers, and an offense that can explode at a moment’s notice...


    Loggerheads 2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By: Conlan Birdsall     The Seminole County Loggerheads have a tough road ahead if they want to become the 2020 Florida League Champions. At 5-16-1, their first roadblock as the sixth seed is against the third seed Winter Garden Squeeze.     Seminole County began the season late in the first week but was able to get a huge first win against its counterpart in t...


    Snappers 2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By: Conlan Birdsall The Seminole County Snappers are heading into the FCSL playoffs as the fifth seed and will have to go through three teams to be crowned the 2020 Champions. The Snappers were challenged early on in the season with a 1-4-1 record after a delayed start to the year. The pitching was there but the offense took some time to grow. The offense finally exploded at Pat Thomas Stadium ag...


    Lighting 2020 Playoff Preview

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   The Leesburg Lightning wrapped up the 2020 FCSL campaign in first place with a record of 18-5 to capture their third regular season title in team history. With that momentum behind them, they’re all geared up and ready to go in pursuit of their their third championship and first since the summer of 2009. Rich Billing’s squad has put together a multitude of impre...


    2020 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

    Date:08/02/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

      LONGWOOD, Florida - The seedings have been finalized, and the teams are ready to go. As announced last week, the 2020 Playoffs will kick off on Monday, August 3rd and will conclude on Friday, August 7th. Saturday, August 8th will be a rain makeup date for the Championship Series if necessary. Here is the finalized Postseason schedule:   MONDAY AUGUST 3RD Game 1: Snappers @ Sto...


    Storm Clinch Home Field in Round One with 13-0 Shutout of Suns

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   Leesburg, FL – The Leesburg Storm (11-10-2) came into Saturday morning’s contest in need of a win in one of their two games that day to lock up the fourth seed in the playoffs, and they came through in a big way with a 13-0, run-rule victory over the DeLand Suns (5-18) at Pat Thomas Stadium. While a loss in their next game could still put the Storm in a winning...


    Lightning Win 5-0 Over Storm in Bad Weather Brawl IV

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   Leesburg, FL – Both teams might have had their playoff positioning locked, but the Saturday afternoon clash between the Leesburg Lightning (18-5) and the Leesburg Storm (11-11-2) as both squads were playing for bragging rights and came to play hard. In the end, it was the big brother Lightning who came out on top, winning the season series three games to one with a 5...


    Dawgs No Hit Loggerheads to End on a High Note

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    SANFORD, FL-- In their last game of the season, the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs (11-11) pitching staff threw a combined no-hitter in the 9-0 win against the Seminole County Loggerheads (5-16-1) Saturday morning at Sanford Memorial Stadium. Rese Brown (Rollins), Andrew Dunham (Florida Tech), and Zach Camp (Swarthmore) completed the no-no for the Diamond Dawgs in this one.  Brown and Seminole Co...


    Storms pitching Keeps Dawgs Off the Board

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    DeLand, FL – Behind their two pitchers, the Storm shutout the Dawgs in a 4-0 victory. The Dawgs were only able to get one hit for the entire game.                Winter Park held the Storms’ offense at bay in the first two innings. Dawgs’ starter Keegan Foge (North Alabama) allowed just one hit and one walk wh...


    Loggerheads and Scorps draw due to lightning

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    DELAND, Fla. - The Orlando Scorpions wanted a win in their final game of the season while the Seminole County Loggerheads were hoping to clinch a spot in the playoffs with a victory. Unfortunately, neither team got what it wanted. Due to a lengthy lightning delay, the contest was halted just two batters into the fifth inning and later ruled a 1-1 tie. Only four innings need to be completed for a s...


    Lightning Win in 14-7 Slugfest with Squeeze

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   Sanford, FL – Friday afternoon’s contest at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium picked up where Thursday night’s left off, with the Leesburg Lightning (16-5) leading the Winter Garden Squeeze (12-9-1) by a score of 5-2, and ended with a ton more runs on the board, and the Lightning picking up a 14-7 victory. The bats for both teams were on fire and made for...


    Lightning Clinch First in 4-3 Instant Class Win Over Rats

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   Sanford, FL – Before the game Friday night at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium, a playoff atmosphere hung in the air as it would all evening with the top two teams in the FCSL preparing to go at it for a battle over first place in the regular season. The Leesburg Lightning (17-5) entered with a half-game lead in the standings but an 0-2 record against the Sanford Ri...


    Squeeze and Snappers Pt. II Ends in a Stalemate in Extras

    Date:08/01/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    SANFORD, FL-- In a highly-contested rematch between the Winter Garden Squeeze (12-8-1) and the Seminole County Snappers (10-10-2),  it went into extra innings for the second time this season. This time, the Squeeze and the Snappers ended in a stalemate at 2-2, Friday afternoon at Sanford Memorial Stadium.  It was another pitcher’s duel between these two ball clubs, with Connor Har...


    Foggo Walk-Off Keeps Suns Alive

    Date:07/31/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    DELAND, Fla.- The DeLand Suns remained alive in the hunt for the final Florida League playoff spot with a 4-3 victory over the Seminole County Loggerheads at Melching Field on Friday afternoon. The Suns moved within a game of the Loggerheads, whose second chance to clinch a Florida League playoff spot ended in a 1-1 tie against the Orlando Scorpions.  DeLand jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the b...


    Post’s Big Day at the Plate Puts Snaps Past Storm 7-4

    Date:07/31/2020   Source:Florida Collegiate Summer League  

    By, Zack Smolen   Leesburg, FL – The stage was set for a tight contest as the Leesburg Storm (9-10-2) and Seminole County Snappers (10-10-1) entered Thursday morning’s matchup just a half-game apart in the standings. Thanks to some explosive offense, Seminole County overtook the Storm 7-4 at Pat Thomas Stadium, to jump into fourth place with two games remaining. The four seed in...