Now in its ninth season, the Florida Collegiate Summer League
, Central Florida’s wood bat college baseball league, once again invites a talented roster of players from all over the country, including several from Central Florida-based colleges – Rollins College, Seminole State College, Stetson University and University of Central Florida.
The Florida League stands among seven other summer leagues in the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball
. Last year alone, more than 20 players from the Florida League were drafted to Major League Baseball
Consisting of six teams – Deland Suns, Leesburg Lightning, Orlando Freedom, Orlando Monarchs, Sanford River Rats and Winter Park Diamond Dawgs – this year’s Florida League season sees a total of 45 evening games
at various ballparks throughout the area.
The 2012 season opener (7 p.m., Thursday, June 7 at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium) pits defending champs the Sanford River Rats against the visiting Winter Park Diamond Dawgs. (Last year, the Rats beat the Dawgs 7-5 to take the FCSL championship.) The annual all-star game
on Tuesday, July 17 will feature a scout showcase and home run derby.
Single game general admission tickets are just $5
, and a variety of season ticket and family packages are also offered through the league’s website. For complete game schedules and ticket information, visit the Florida League’s website
Below you’ll find information on each of the Florida League’s six teams, including stadium locations and links for fans to follow on Twitter
for game recaps and the latest team news.
Melching Field at Conrad Park, Stetson University
555 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
Pat Thomas Stadium
240 Ballpark Road, Leesburg
Orel Hershiser Field at The First Academy
2667 Bruton Blvd.
287 S. Tampa Ave.
Sanford River Rats
Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium
1201 Mellonville Ave., Sanford
Winter Park Diamond Dawgs
Alfond Stadium, Rollins College
801 Orange Ave., Winter Park