PIL CANCELS SEASON DUE TO COVID

JUNE 30, 2020 – EVERETT, WASHINGTON: With the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, families, staff members and fans being top priority, the league board members and franchises voted to cancel the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

“For the past several weeks, the league has discussed different contingency plans to save the season, including several different schedule drafts with varying start dates, but decided against moving forward considering how much uncertainty the near future still holds. We fully support the efforts that are being implemented to protect the health and safety of the community during these unprecedented times,” said league president Mike MacCulloch.

The PIL now joins the growing list of summer collegiate leagues that are not playing in 2020. That list include the Cape Cod League, Alaska Baseball League, Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, California Collegiate League, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, Golden State Collegiate Baseball League, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, Kansas Collegiate League, Mile High Collegiate Baseball League, MINK Summer Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, Prospect League, Valley League and the West Coast League.

“This was an exceptionally difficult decision made in an unprecedented time. We hung on to hope for a shortened season, the reality of our responsibility to the teams of people who make our season possible could not be met in the manner we felt necessary” said MacCulloch. “It is a heartbreaking time for everyone involved in the league. We would like to thank our players, our coaches, the umpire associations, the dedicated volunteers, and our loyal fan for their continuing support, and looks forward to the return of baseball in all its member communities in 2021.”

The Redmond Dudes will attempt to play a limited non-league game schedule.

About the Pacific International League: Founded in 1992, the Pacific International League (PIL) was formed by a core group of franchises and is affiliated with the National Baseball Congress. The NBC provides the framework within which the amateur leagues function across the country culminating in the annual NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Teams from the PIL have won the NBC World Series in 1988, 2004, 2013, 2015 and 2019. Players from across the United States representing all NCAA college divisions are recruited to play in the league. Teams place a strong emphasis on the amateur athletes helping young players develop and, in the process, realize their individual goals. Currently the PIL consist of the Everett Merchants, Highline Bears, Northwest Honkers, Redmond Dudes, and the Seattle Studs.