The Crestwood Panthers play in the Northern League, which was known as the Midwest Collegiate League prior to the 2022 season. The Midwest Collegiate League announced its formation as America’s newest collegiate summer wood bat baseball league with four founding member clubs in the fall of 2010. Since then, the league has expanded to six clubs: Crestwood Panthers, Joliet Generals, Northwest Indiana Oilmen, Southland Vikings, Lake County Corn Dogs and Chicago American Giants. The MCL is a six-team, collegiate wood bat summer baseball league with teams based in Illinois and Indiana. The MCL plays a nine-week, 55-game regular season schedule in addition to holding an All-Star Game and playoffs for the top four teams.
The Northern League provides and promotes premier summer collegiate baseball to communities across the Midwest, providing family-oriented, affordable entertainment at the highest levels of integrity while operating in a socially-responsible manner. Our baseball players compete at some of top baseball programs not only in Midwest, but across the country. They come to the NL to play with wood bats, improve their skills and perform in front of Major League Baseball Scouts and local fans.Our teams are part of the local fabric of the community and encourage various groups and businesses to gather at the ballpark for events that promote their business and their support of our teams. Affordable tickets, concessions, and merchandise mean families can enjoy MCL baseball for far less than a Major League Baseball game. Our players are approachable, enthusiastic role models. Northern League baseball is what baseball was meant to be for Midwest communities large and small.