River City Skippers Purchased by The Players League

by Cole Watson

River City Skippers Purchased by The Players League 

RIVER CITY, NC – July 27 – Effective immediately The Players League is excited to announce the purchase of the River City Skippers of the Old North State League (ONSL). This decision comes as part of the commitment to ensuring the long-term success and stability of the team. Recognizing the challenges faced under previous ownership, the league is dedicated to fostering a positive environment for the Skippers and their loyal fans.

In efforts to provide the best leadership possible, the Cartwright family will operate the team moving forward. Local operators with strong community alignment are crucial to the success of this team, and the Cartwright family embodies the values desired in the Skippers organization.

Abby Cartwright is a member of the Cartwright family. She has been with the Skippers since before their first season. She commented, "Taking over the operations of the team, we are excited to build a stronger bond with our team and players, but also the community as well. We're excited to move forward in a positive way for the second half of the season and look forward to the bright future of the Skippers."

Continually, the team is happy to promote Jack Colagiovanni to Head Coach. Currently, Colagiovanni serves as an Assistant Coach at Salisbury University in Maryland. However, he is familiar with the community in Elizabeth City, formerly serving as the pitching coach for the Skippers. He brings ONSL playing experience to the table as well, playing the 2021 season with the Brunswick Surfin’ Turfs, while he played division 2 baseball at Concord University.

Colagiovanni added, “I am extremely grateful that the front office believed in me enough to take the lead of this team for the second half [of the season]. This is a new season for Skippers Baseball, and we will play a brand of baseball that will not only win games but provide a great viewing experience for the fans here in Elizabeth City. Smooth seas don’t make good sailors. Skips in the second half!”

While the recent past has been challenging, the league firmly believes in the potential of the River City Skippers due to the unwavering support of the incredible community. With new leadership, the Skippers are committed to building a brighter future and striving for success in the Northeast Division. 

As the team embarks on this new chapter, the dedication and enthusiasm of fans are vital to the journey. With the support and help of the local community, the Skippers can rise to new heights and deliver great memories to people throughout River City.

The Old North State League is a college summer wood bat league in North Carolina that features 20 teams not including Burlington and Danville. In 2025, the league plans to expand to 24 teams and has been vetting markets and requests in anticipation of announcing the newest additions.