Baseball / Mansfield Destroyers to begin NYCBL play in 2019

Mansfield Destroyers to begin NYCBL play in 2019

Date:  Source: New York Collegiate Baseball League - NYCBL




Mansfield Destroyers
Don Lewis-President/Owner Office: 570-335-9575


We are proud to announce the Mansfield Destroyers baseball team that will be based in Mansfield, PA. and will be competing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League for their 2019 Inaugural season. “We are very excited and proud to bring this team to Mansfield, PA. and the surrounding region and having the community enjoy top-level baseball from NCAA Collegiate players all around the USA”, Don Lewis, President/Owner. Don Lewis was the co-owner of the Elmira Pioneers baseball club for several (7) years, then sold his shares of the team to venture off to start his own team, a restaurant and two Halloween Stores. Don Lewis’ history of working in Pro sports and prior co-owner of Pioneers is over eighteen (18) years of experience.

The Destroyers will be in the Western Division and will be playing a 42 game schedule in the NYCBL, which starts play on June 1st – July 23rd with playoffs at the end of July. The Destroyers will have their home be at the Joseph Shaute Field, located at The University of Mansfield, 255 Clinton Street, Mansfield, PA., 16933. All Tickets are $5.00 and Season Tickets are $88.00, along with Senior Citizens and Military Tickets being $4.00. All Destroyers home games will be at 5:30 P.M. and will also be streamed LIVE on the Destroyers website.

The Destroyers will be competing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), which was founded in 1978 and its association is with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB).

Michael Detweiler, the Mayor of Mansfield stated; “The borough and surrounding community would love to see more opportunities for sports teams and leagues that we can get behind. Healthy competition, spectator sports, and participation in sports are part of what make communities stronger

Kathy Telep, Chamber of Commerce for Mansfield, PA. stated; “I am excited about this relationship and it will prove to be an economic generator for Mansfield, PA.”

NYCBL League President, Bill McConnell stated; “On behalf of The NYCBL we are very excited to add the Mansfield Destroyers to the League beginning in the 2019 Season. Don Lewis and Brian Hill bring vast experience in the summer collegiate baseball circuit, insure a high-quality product in the community, on the field and of course their fan experience. Welcome to the NYCBL, “Sending Players to the Pros: since 1978!

The Destroyers have hired Brian Hill as their Skipper for the Destroyers 2019 Inaugural Season in the NYCBL. “I knew that if we wanted to have a high-end competitive team I needed a deep-rooted coach in the game and Brian Hill was my first choice. While the co-owner of the Pioneers, he was one of our coaches and was able to get to know him well on and off the field. He is not just a skilled coach, but a true and caring person of his players and community”, Don Lewis. Brian will be the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel of the Destroyers. Brian Hill will be announcing the rest of his coaching staff, so stay tuned to the Destroyers website for future news. “I am very excited and look forward to getting into my new role and having a successful 2019 Season back in the NYCBL.”, Brian Hill

The Destroyers have also hired Vice President and Assistant Coach, Jim Simmons for the Destroyers 2019 Inaugural Season in the NYCBL. "I've known Jimmy for a long time, over ten (10) years, both as an assistant coach with the former Elmira Jackals Pro team in the ECHL and as an assistant coach in our Pioneers Inaugural season in 2011. He's done a phenomenal job in the Pros, even winning a Championship, the Kelly Cup, with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He truly loves helping players achieve their goals and goes above and beyond given expectations and has earned this opportunity. I know he will do a good job”, Don Lewis.

"Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning not just on the field, but off with our community as well. We want to maintain an integral role of improving and helping our players improve their game, so when they return to their collegiate team, their coaches will see that they improved in all aspects of their game. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive”, Jimmy Simmons.

Don Lewis would like to thank all ALL MEDIA/ATTENDEES and cordially invite them to his restaurant, ‘Hometown Teams BBQ’ located at The Arnot Mall, 3300 Chambers Road South Horseheads, N.Y., 14845, at 7:00 P.M.