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NJCAA Region XI Tourney Returns to Riverfront

Waterloo, Iowa – The Waterloo Bucks have announced that renovated Riverfront Stadium will play host to the 2014 NJCAA Region XI Division II Baseball Tournament May 8th through the 12th.  Eight teams from the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference will play in the five-day, 15-game event.
 
The opening game of the tournament is set to begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 8, followed by three more games that day.  Four games are scheduled to be played on both Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, while two games are set to be played on Sunday, May 11.  The tournament championship will be played at 3:00 pm on Sunday, or at 12:00 pm on Monday, May 12, if a double-elimination game is required.
 
"We are very excited to bring our tournament back to Riverfront Stadium,” said Nic Scandrett, ICCAC Assistant Commissioner.  “It is a fantastic venue that really helps make it a first-class event.  As always, it will be a great experience for our student-athletes and fans."
Ticket pricing is as follows:  $7 for adults; $4 for students.  Fans can go to the ICCAC website at http://www.iccac.org to visit the official tournament page at http://www.iccac.org/f/0/1/Region_XI_Tournaments|2013-14/DII_Baseball.php which has the tournament bracket as well as live coverage of all of the games. 
 
“Since 2011 we have been fortunate enough to host this tournament here at Riverfront Stadium,” said Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin.  “The Bucks are excited to bring this high level of baseball into the Cedar Valley and to showcase the talent that’s based right here in the state of Iowa.  The ICCAC has been great to work with and they always put on a fun tournament.”
 
The Bucks have ties to many of the ICCAC team’s coaching staffs.  Former Bucks infielder Jake Astor (2010) and pitcher Mitch Mormann (2010) are currently Assistant Coaches at Des Moines Area Community College.  Former Bucks manager Jason Nell (2010-11) is the Head Coach at Iowa Lakes Community College.  Former Bucks infielder Todd Rima (1995) is the Head Coach at Kirkwood Community College.  And former Bucks manager Pete Lauritson (2008-09) is an Assistant Coach at North Iowa Area Community College. 
 
The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) was founded in 1996, and is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  They are the governing body of 14 member schools in Iowa and 22 men's and women's sports held in the fall, winter, and spring seasons.  The ICCAC has been committed to the enhancement of their young adults’ educational experience, as well as the development of quality relationships between their schools and the communities of Iowa. Ever since their founding, they have strove to create a highly competitive atmosphere while promoting good sportsmanship and desirable characteristics, such as leadership and teamwork, that will create the best possible atmosphere for their players, coaches, fans, and the communities in which they are involved.
The Bucks will open the 2014 season on the road versus the Rochester Honkers on May 27, but return to Waterloo for their home opener versus Rochester on May 28.  Season tickets and group outings are currently on sale.  For more information, call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks in the off-season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.
 
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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21stseason of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.