Top Jayhawk League teams join Kansas Collegiate League Baseball.
KCLB acquires top teams from Jayhawk League.
Wichita, KS: Kansas Collegiate League Baseball is pleased to formally welcome three established franchises from the renowned Jayhawk League. The Hays Larks, Liberal Bee Jays, and Dodge City A's.
The KCLB and former Jayhawk league leaders have come to an agreement to merge into one quality, competitive driven league. The KCLB will split into two division's hosting the Jayhawk West Division. The vision for a league with the top teams in Kansas competing all summer, has come to fruition.
The KCLB will now be composed of, The Wellington Heat, Kansas Cannons, Hays Larks, Liberal Bee Jays, Dodge City A's, Clearwater Outlaws, Park City Rangers, Valley Center Mud Daubers, McPherson Pipeliners, and Kansas Curve.
The KCLB looks to build off of last years success with this move. The KCLB posted the highest winning percentage (.778) of all leagues in Kansas in the NBC World Series, with a 7-2 record overall. With key wins over former Jayhawk league teams and current Sunflower league teams. The two KCLB teams finished 3rd and 9th last year. With this move the KCLB will now have the strength of the Jayhawk league infused into one league. Hays, Liberal and Dodge are the top three teams from the Jayhawk in the 2018 season.
The current KCLB makeup is the most competitive makeup in the state of Kansas. The Liberal Bee Jays have 5 NBC Titles, seven 2nd place finishes. The Wellington Heat, have 2 US Open world titles and one NBC title, a 2nd place finish, and have placed top 5, fourteen times. The Hays Larks have five 2nd place finishes, and fourteen top 5 finishes. The Park City Rangers have one top 10 finish, three top 15 finishes, and 2 top 20 finishes. The Kansas Cannons have three top 10 finishes, and two more in the top 15. The Dodge City A's have one top 10 finish and represented the Jayhawk last year in the NBC. The Valley Center Mud Daubers have one NBC appearance in 2017.
This decision was made unanimously with full support from current owners and umpires affiliated with the KCLB. PSA and the NBC are aware of the current league members and are excited for the future of our franchises and league.
“This is the most impactful move of this generation for Kansas summer collegiate baseball. Truly, for once in a long time, the strongest organizations from the last decade are playing in one league all summer long. This move will breed the strongest competition and demand professionalism across the board. Something I believe Kansas baseball was in desperate need of. I look forward to partnering with these prestigious organizations and continuing on the mission I set out on when taking over the KCLB. We will continue to be the highest quality league in Kansas and work towards becoming one of the most renowned in the country.”
-Sheldon Howell “Owner, League Commissioner.”