Coach Harold Pyatte has been involved with elite summer collegiate baseball for nearly 60 years, starting in 1962! His 1988 Team won the NBC World Series and in 2005 the National Baseball Congress recognized him for his lifetime achievements by electing him to their Hall of Fame. Throughout the years, several former players have gone onto play in the major leagues as well as countess others who have been drafted and signed professional contracts.
The team is composed of current college students, college grates and former professional players. The roster is limited to 25 players by the league and many players hold summer jobs in addition to playing ball or they are continuing with their education with summer classes.
The team plays a 20 game league schedule, in addition, the team plays an additional 20+ games per season with non-league opponents as well as participating in various tournaments (Kamloops International Baseball Tournament, Grand Forks International Tournament, etc…).
The season runs June through July, with the ultimate goal of playing in the NBC World Series. In 2017, the Merchants finished in second place at the tournament and two of their games were televised on ESPN.
The program focuses on development of players not only on the field but as contributing members of the community. Stress is placed on a positive playing attitude and strong work ethic. The philosophy of a wholesome family atmosphere is emphasized both at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium and throughout the Pacific International League.
The team also conducts a free youth baseball camp each summer for the community.