The Tarboro River Bandits, winners of league championships in each of their first two years, will return for a third season at Municipal Stadium next summer.

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Tarboro’s River Bandits put together three hits and a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to score two runs and take a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Wake Forest Fungo to win the first-ever Premier Collegiate League championship.

Ryan Cornelius (N.C. Wesleyan) pitched a five-hit complete game on Thursday night as the Tarboro River Bandits beat Greenbrier’s Knights, 4-1, at Municipal Stadium to win the Premier Collegiate League’s East Division title.

Tarboro’s River Bandits (26-13) got their two strongest pitching performances of the year when they needed them the most.

With the conclusion of the Piedmont Collegiate League’s regular season on Wednesday night, postseason play gets underway on Friday with a pair of double-elimination tournaments in both the East and West divisions.

Tarboro’s River Bandits swept a doubleheader with Greenbrier on Sunday night to clinch the Premier Collegiate League’s East Division, but it wasn’t without its tense moments at Municipal Stadium

The Premier Collegiate League’s East All-Stars got timely hitting, strong pitching and a steady defense to top the West All-Stars, 7-2, as the PCL held its All-Star Celebration Friday night at Municipal Stadium in Tarboro.

The roster for the Premier Classic League includes players from the Wake Forest Fungo, Fuquay-Varina Twins and Carolina Pirates and, like the East Squad, includes a first-and-second team.

The Premier Collegiate League (PCL) will showcase its finest talent on Friday when the East faces off against the West in what the league calls its All-Star Celebration at Tarboro’s historic Municipal Stadium.

The gap between the first-place Tar River Bandits and the second-place Edenton Steamers has tightened — and is likely to get tighter, as the River Bandits will be losing six players over the next week.

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