The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 by eight summer baseball teams located across upstate New York in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball's largest scouting service. The eight founding members of the PGCBL were the Albany Dutchmen, Amsterdam Mohawks, Cooperstown Hawkeyes, Elmira Pioneers, Glens Falls Golden Eagles, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Newark Pilots and Watertown Wizards. The league's first season was completed in the summer of 2011.
The eight teams were broken down into two divisions, PGCBL East and PGCBL West. The East was comprised of Albany, Amsterdam, Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley. The West was made up of Cooperstown, Elmira, Newark and Watertown. Glens Falls and Cooperstown were the regular season division champions in the PGCBL East and West respectively. Glens Falls, Cooperstown, Amsterdam and Newark qualified for the league playoffs. Newark defeated Amsterdam, two games to one, to win the very first PGCBL championship.
In 2012, the league expanded to nine teams with the addition of the Oneonta Outlaws. The two-division format was replaced by a single nine-team division with the top four teams in the league regular season standings qualifying for the playoffs. Amsterdam won 35 of 47 regular season games and captured the regular season championship. Amsterdam, Glens Falls, Newark and Mohawk Valley qualified for the postseason. Amsterdam swept Glens Falls to win its first league title. The Mohawks finished the summer ranked third nationally in Perfect Game's Summer Top 30 poll.
The Adirondack Trail Blazers and the Utica Brewers joined the PGCBL in the fall of 2012 while the Oneonta Outlaws were granted a one year Voluntary Suspension of operations. The 2013 season saw a return of the two-division format as 10 teams were broken into East and West divisions. Albany, Cooperstown, Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley and defending champion Amsterdam comprised the East while newcomers Adirondack and Utica joined Elmira, Newark and Watertown in the West. A new playoff format featuring six teams was instituted as the first and second-place finishers in each division were joined for the first time by the third-place finishing team - this led to a down-to-wire playoff chase where the sixth and final playoff spot was not decided until the final night of the regular season. Amsterdam and Watertown overcame slow starts to win division titles; each team captured its first division title in the PGCBL. Albany, Mohawk Valley, Elmira and Newark rounded out the playoff field. Three seeds Albany and Elmira each won opening round playoff games over second-seeded Mohawk Valley and Newark respectively to advance to the divisional finals against Amsterdam and Watertown. Amsterdam edged out Albany and Elmira in back-to-back Game 3's to become the first repeat champion in league history.
The Cooperstown Hawkeyes were placed on Voluntary Suspension for the 2014 season, leaving four teams in the East Division. The Amsterdam Mohawks again finished with the best record in the league at 36-11- winning the East by nine games over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The West Division was a little tighter with the division coming down to the final days of the regular season. Newark came out on top, winning the division by a game and a half over Elmira with a 27-19 record. In the postseason, Mohawk Valley defeated the Albany Dutchmen in the one-game playoff in the East while Elmira beat the Watertown Rams in Elmira in the West. In the East Division Championship Series, Amsterdam swept Mohawk Valley en route to a fourth consecutive PGCBL Championship Series appearance. In the West, Newark escaped against Elmira to set up a rematch of the 2011 Championship Series. Amsterdam came back from an early deficit to win Game One in Amsterdam and traveled to Newark the following night, where the Mohawks capped off a record-breaking season with the franchise’s third straight PGCBL championship.
In July 2014, the league announced a franchise will be placed in Saugerties, New York and play in the East Division-effective for the 2015 season. In January 2015, the league announced the addition of a franchise in Victor for the 2015 season. The league also decided to play a 50-game schedule, compared to the previous length of a 48-game schedule. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes remained on voluntary suspension and were joined by the Watertown Rams.
In 2015, the Amsterdam Mohawks won the East Division with a record 40 wins in the regular season. The Elmira Pioneers won the West Division, with a team record 33 wins. Both teams were upset in the divisional round of playoffs as Mohawk Valley upended the defending champions in three games, while the first year Victor RailRiders swept the Pioneers. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs then swept the RailRiders to capture the 2015 PGCBL Championship, the first in team history.
At the PGCBL owners meeting in October 2015, the league announced the addition of three teams to the league roster. Former NYCBL members Geneva and Oneonta jumped to the PGCBL for 2016. The Jamestown Jammers also decided to move to the PGCBL after having played in the Prospect League in 2015.
In April 2016, the Utica Brewers changed their name to the Utica Blue Sox.
The 2016 season featured a 50-game regular season for the second straight year. A year after setting a PGCBL record with 40 wins in the regular season, the Amsterdam Mohawks again finished with the best regular season record at 34-15, winning the East Division. In the West, the Elmira Pioneers won their second straight division title with a 33-15 record.
In the postseason, the league had a new playoff system. With the new playoff system, it was do-or-die for all eight playoff teams as the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds squared off in a one-game playoff for the first time in league history as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds also had one game determine their fate.
In the East, each one-game playoff was postponed due to rain but when the games were played, No. 1 Amsterdam dominated No. 4 Oneonta in an 8-1 game while No. 2 Albany walked off against No. 3 Mohawk Valley, eliminating the defending PGCBL champions. In the West, No. 2 Utica beat No. 3 Jamestown, 3-1, while No. 1 Elmira topped No. 4 Newark, 5-2, to advance to the West Division Championship Series.
Both division championship series featured the No. 1 seed against the No. 2 seed and eventually went to a decisive third game. In the Elmira-Utica series, the Pioneers were again upset in the West Division Championship Series, losing two games at home, including Game Three. Over in the East, Amsterdam won Game One, 8-4, but Albany answered the following night with a 4-3 walkoff win in Game Two. Amsterdam won the decisive third game, 4-1, to advance to the PGCBL Championship Series against the Blue Sox.
The Mohawks won Game One, 9-2, with a comeback that featured seven runs in the middle innings. A win away from their fourth league championship, the Mohawks didn’t disappoint in front of their home fans in Game Two. Amsterdam scored three runs in the third inning and didn’t look back to beat the Blue Sox, 13-2, to win the championship yet again.
In the fall of 2016, the PGCBL announced the addition of two teams. The Onondaga Flames joined the league in 2017 and Watertown will have a team at Duffy Fairgrounds again. The team will begin play in 2018.
2016- Amsterdam Mohawks
2015- Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
2014- Amsterdam Mohawks
2013- Amsterdam Mohawks
2012- Amsterdam Mohawks
2011- Newark Pilots
Player of the Year
2016- Joe Genord, Amsterdam
2015- Christian Santisteban, Elmira
2014- Josh Gardiner, Amsterdam
2013- John Nogowski, Amsterdam
2012- Ross Kivett, Glens Falls
2011- Erick Gaylord, Watertown
Pitcher of the Year
2016- Joe DeSarro, Mohawk Valley
2015- Kyano Cummings, Elmira
2015- Zach Logue, Amsterdam
2014- Jayson Yano, Newark
2013- Eann Cox, Cooperstown
2012- Chandler Shepherd, Amsterdam
2011- Dominick Ruscitti, Newark
Coach of the Year
2015- Dan Shwam, Victor
2014- Mike Armstrong, Newark
2013- Nick Davey, Albany
2012- Keith Griffin, Amsterdam
2011- Eric Coleman, Cooperstown
Top Professional Prospect
2016- Jeff Belge, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)
2015- Kyle Smith, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)
2014- Jon Escobar, Watertown (Perfect Game USA)
2013- Trey Wingenter, Amsterdam (Baseball America)
2013- Mike Urbanski, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)
2012- Chandler Shepherd, Amsterdam (Baseball America)
2012- Rocky McCord, Amsterdam (Perfect Game USA)
2011- Erick Gaylord, Watertown (Perfect Game USA)
2011- Josh Anderson, Glens Falls (Baseball America)
All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
2016- Robbie Knightes, Glens Falls
2015- Scott Manea, Amsterdam
2014- Kevin Cowan, Glens Falls
2013- Mike Fisher, Mohawk Valley
2012- Giuseppe Papaccio, Amsterdam
2011- Cullen Wacker, Mohawk Valley
All-Star Game Results
2015- East 18 West 2 (July 20, Little Falls, New York, Veterans Memorial Park)
2014- East 3 West 1 (July 15, Elmira, New York, Dunn Field)
2013- East 7 West 3 (July 24, Newark, New York, Colburn Park)
2012- Team Griffin 4 Team Ebright 0 (July 24, Amsterdam, New York, Shuttleworth Park)
2011- East 7 West 4 (July 18, Elmira, New York, Dunn Field)