Mid-Plains League
SportBaseball
Founded2014
No. of teams7
CountryUnited States United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Junction City Brigade (2023)
Most titlesJunction City Brigade (7)
Official websitewww.midplainsleague.org

The Mid-Plains League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players from North America and beyond.[1][2][3] Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility. Teams are run similarly to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions, using wooden bats and NCAA specification baseballs.

Teams play 36 games scheduled over a 44-day season running from early June to mid-July. The winner of the postseason playoffs will be named the Mid-Plains League champion and claim the Brett Cowdin Memorial Cup.

Teams

Mid-Plains League
Team Location Stadium
Baldwin City Blues Baldwin City, Kansas Baldwin City Ballpark
Topeka Warhawks Topeka, Kansas Hummer Sports Park
Junction City Brigade Junction City, Kansas Rathert Stadium
Midwest Athletics Belton, Missouri Belton High School Field
Kansas City Monarchs Independence, MO Capitol Federal Sports Complex
Bravos Leavenworth, Kansas SportsField Park
Farmers Leavenworth, Kansas SportsField Park

Historical standings

2014

Team W-L Win% Playoffs
Topeka Golden Giants 24-10 .706 Lost in Championship
Junction City Brigade 26-10 .722 Won Championship
Midwest Athletics 17-16 .5515 5th Place
Baldwin City Blues 15-17 .468 6th Place
Topeka Senators 11-23 .324 3rd Place
Rossville Rattlers 9-24 .273 4th Place

2015

Team W-L Win% Playoffs
Midwest Athletics 24-15 .615 Lost in Championship
Junction City Brigade 23-16 .590 Lost in semi-finals
Rossville Rattlers 23-16 .590 Won Championship
Topeka Golden Giants 20-18 .526 Lost first round
Liberty Monarchs 14-20 .412 Lost in semi-finals
Baldwin City Blues 15-24 .385 Lost first round
Topeka Senators 9-25 .265 Missed Playoffs

2019

Team W-L Win % Playoffs
Junction City Brigade 21-5 .807 Won Championship
Midwest A's 19-7 .731 Lost Championship
Topeka Golden Giants 15-11 .577 Lost semifinal round
Kansas City Knights 15-11 .577 Lost semifinal round
Kansas City Monarchs 9-5 .600 N/A
Baldwin City Blues 8-18 .307 Lost quarterfinal round
Liberty Monarchs 7-19 .269 Lost Play-In
Sabetha Bravos 4-22 .154 Lost quarterfinal round

2020

Team W-L Win % Playoffs
Midwest A's 21-8 .724 Won Championship
Sabetha Bravos 16-11 .592 Lost Championship
Topeka Golden Giants 14-14 .500 Lost semifinal round
Baldwin City Blues 15-11 .200 Lost semifinal round

2021

Team W-L Win % Playoffs
Junction City Brigade 19-9 .679 Won Championship
Sabetha Bravos 19-9 .679 Lost semifinal round
Midwest A's 17-11 .607 Lost Championship
Topeka Golden Giants 14-17 .452 Lost quarterfinal round
Baldwin City Blues 11-19 .367 Lost semifinal round
Lawrence Travellers 9-21 .300 Lost quarterfinal round

2022

Team W-L Win % Playoffs
Junction City Brigade Won Championship

2023

Team W-L Win % Playoffs
Junction City Brigade 22-3 .880 Won Championship
Topeka Warhawks 16-10 .615
Midwest A's 16-10 .615 Lost Championship
Bravos 15-11 .577
Baldwin City Blues 10-16 .385
Farmers 6-19 .240
KC Monarchs 12-2 .857

Champions

Season Brett Cowdin Memorial Cup Runner-up Result
2014 Junction City Brigade Topeka Golden Giants Round-robin
2015 Rossville Rattlers Midwest A's 5-2 (10 innings)
2016 Junction City Brigade Midwest A's
2017 Topeka Golden Giants Junction City Brigade
2018 Junction City Brigade Topeka Golden Giants 2-1 (Best of 3)
2019 Junction City Brigade Midwest A's 2-0 (Best of 3)
2020 Midwest A's Sabetha Bravos 2-0 (Best of 3)
2021 Junction City Brigade
2022 Junction City Brigade
2023 Junction City Brigade Midwest A's 2-0 (Best of 3)

Awards

Season Player of the Year "Conner Taylor" Pitcher of the Year Manager of the Year
2014 Brett Nickle, Junction City Brigade Dalton Shalberg, Junction City Brigade John Tetuan, Topeka Golden Giants
2015 Ethan Klosterboer, Junction City Brigade Tyler Davis, Rossville Rattlers Tobi Cowdin, Rossville Ratters
2016
2017
2018 Dylan Phillips, Topeka Golden Giants Dalen Blair, Midwest A's Derek Francis, Junction City Brigade
2019 Dusty Stroup, Midwest A's Zach Pratt, Midwest A's Derek Francis, Junction City Brigade
2020 Garrett Pennington, Midwest A's Zach Pratt, Midwest A's
2021
2022
2023 Kuyper Kendall, Baldwin City Blues Charlie Williams, Midwest A's Tanner Kilmer, Baldwin City Blues

References

  1. ^ "New for 2014: Mid-Plains League | News". Ballparkdigest.com. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  2. ^ "Mid-Plains League to Begin Play in 2014 |". Ballparkbiz.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  3. ^ Capital, The (2014-02-19). "Golden Giants, Rattlers in new Mid-Plains League". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07.