The West Shore Twilight Baseball League is in the formative stages for the 2018 season. It returns six remaining clubs and also welcomes two new squads to the league, according to league secretary and Hagerstown manager Mike Kipe.
The New Cumberland Tigers, under Ryan Stephenson and Brett Lawson, will attempt to defend their regular season and the playoff championship they won last year over the Hagerstown Braves.
In addition to the afore mentioned teams, Mechanicsburg, under Bill “Pops” Rickenbach, Enola (Doug Knull), Dillsburg (Harry Sanders) and Shippensburg (Greg Reed) return for another campaign.
Carlisle returns to the fold after a long absence, with a squad called the Carlisle Chargers. Steve Silvious will run the team, which will play an entire season on the road. They have not been able to secure a home field for the season. Carlisle had two teams in the league in the 1970s but haven’t been a regular participant in the league since the 1980s.
The Cumberland Valley Eagles will also join the league. They will play a limited schedule of games at the Creekview Park, where they will share a field with the Hampden Twp. American Legion team. Both teams will be overseen by Mike Maguire, the Hampden Twp. manager last year.
Cumberland Valley has a long history in the league, starting initially as the Carlisle Knights. A Cumberland Valley team came in and later the Central Penn Orioles entered the league.
Rickenbach returns as the all-time leader of victories in semi-pro baseball. He has currently won 2,726 games as a manager.