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.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the Home Run Derby scheduled for 5:30. The All-Star Game is scheduled for a 7:30 start. Tickets are $12 for ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 6-12. Youth ages 5 and younger will be admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the gate or online at www.tarbororiverbandits.com.

Municipal Stadium, which hosted its first professional baseball game in 1934, is the oldest baseball structure continually in use in eastern North Carolina, besting Wilson’s Fleming Stadium by five years. Dimensions at the park are 310 feet to left, 345 feet to center, and 320 feet to right.

While professional baseball has not been played at Municipal Park since the early 1950s, collegiate-level baseball returned to the venerable facility in 2020 when the Tarboro River Bandits brought the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League (CVCL) to town, earning the league title in the team’s first year of existence.


During the offseason, the CVCL folded and its teams joined the PCL, which is part of the Virginia Beach-based Tidewater Summer League, The league includes Tarboro, Edenton, and Greenbrier in the East Division and Wake Forest, Fuquay-Varina, and the Carolina Pirates in the West.

Each team is represented with multiple players chosen as first-or-second-team selections with a total of 36 players carried on each roster, although all may not participate in the game.

The all-star teams will be managed by the manager of the first-place team in each division, with the manager of the second-place team serving as assistant coach.

PCL All-Star merchandise will be available for purchase.

In addition, hotdogs, cheeseburgers, sausage dogs, and freshly cooked Eastern North Carolina barbecue, candy, chips, roasted peanuts, beer, and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the concession stand.