Season two of the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League will come to a conclusion this week when the playoffs will decide a champion. Albert Lea Lakers (29-5) captured the regular season pennant and top seed for the playoffs which features all five teams.
The record-setting Lakers will face fourth-seeded Bancroft Bandits (12-20) in a best-of three series beginning on Monday in Albert Lea. While the Lakers dominated the head-to-head series this summer winning six of nine Bancroft had the most success of any PCBL team. The teams split the last four games played each winning a pair.
A three-team round robin will determine the second finalist. With Peak of Ames (6-18) playing a limited schedule this format will still allow each team a fair shot at advancing. Defending league champion Storm Lake Whitecaps (18-18) and Carroll Merchants (17-18) also will face Ames.
6:45 PM Peak of Ames at Carroll Merchants
6:45 PM Game 1: Bancroft Bandits at Albert Lea Lakers
6:45 PM Peak of Ames at Storm Lake Whitecaps
6:45 PM Game 2: Albert Lea Lakers at Bancroft Bandits
6:45 PM Storm Lake Whitecaps at Carroll Merchants
6:45 PM Game 3 (if nec): Bancroft Bandits at Albert Lea Lakers
— Pioneer Baseball League (@Pioneer_Ball) July 29, 2018