SOUTHERN MAINE—The Greater Northeast Collegiate Baseball League celebrated its opening day at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach on June 2.

The GNCBL was founded in 2017 to provide college baseball players from Northern New England with a competitive summer option, though at this point, players are coming from as far afield as (for example) Depauw University in Indiana and Sewanee University in Tennessee to participate. All told, more than 40 Division I, II and III colleges are represented in the League, including recognizable Maine institutions like UMO, USM, Bates, Colby and Thomas. Former members of numerous local high school squads – from Bonny Eagle to Gorham to Westbrook and beyond – play in the GNCBL.

The League originally kicked off with four teams, but saw plenty of success and expanded to five teams in 2018. This year, they’re fielding six: the Nor’easters, the Windjammers, the Patriots and the Norsemen – returning from 2018 – as well as the Lightning and the Mavericks, this year’s expansion outfits.

The GNCBL plays seven-inning games on Tuesdays and Thursdays and nine-inning games on Sundays. Teams clash at the Ballpark, as indicated, and at USM’s Ed Flaherty Field, St. Joseph’s Larry Mahaney Diamond and Southern Maine Community College.

The League is online at www.gncbl.com; they’re on Twitter and Instagram both at @GNCBLBaseball, and they’re easily searchable on Facebook.

Read about the GNCBL’s 2018 championship double-header here.

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Former Bonny Eagler Troy Bogdahn battles as a Nor’easter in last year’s GNCBL championship double-header.

Ben Nelson, a 2018 Gorham grad, played a central role in the Norsemen’s GNCBL championship last year.