Waterloo, IA – The Waterloo Bucks have announced their schedule for the 2015 season. The 21st year of Bucks baseball will consist of a 72-game schedule featuring 36 home games. DOWNLOAD 2015 SCHEDULE HERE
Waterloo will open the season on the road versus the Alexandria Blue Anchors on Tuesday, May 26. The Bucks will return home on Thursday, May 28 for their Home Opener versus the Mankato MoonDogs at 7:05 pm. The Bucks will finish the 2015 regular season campaign on the road in Willmar, Minnesota to face the Stingers on Sunday, August 9.
The Bucks begin their longest homestand of the season, a six-game homestand, on July 9, facing Alexandria for four games and the Eau Claire Express for two. As for the longest road trip, Waterloo will have a seven-game swing starting on June 23 and ending on June 30. During that trip, the Bucks will travel to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to face the Express for two games, play Willmar for a pair of games, cross the border into Ontario to face the Thunder Bay Border Cats for two games, have an off day, then travel to Rochester, Minnesota to take on the Honkers in one of eight Scheels Highway 63 Cup Series contests.
Like last year, this season’s schedule will see a pair of split-doubleheaders with Rochester. On June 30, Waterloo will face the Honkers on the road for a 12:05 pm start. Later that day, the teams will travel to Waterloo for a 7:05 pm first pitch. Wednesday, July 29 will be the date of the second split-doubleheader, as Rochester will play the Bucks at Riverfront Stadium at 12:05 pm. After the game, both teams will travel to Rochester to play each other at 7:05 pm.
The final day of the first-half of Northwoods League action will be June 30 when Waterloo and the Honkers tangle for their split-doubleheader contest. The Bucks start the second half in St. Cloud, Minnesota to face the Rox on Wednesday, July 1.
NWL inter-divisional play returns as Waterloo travels to Michigan again to play the South Division’s Kalamazoo Growlers on June 11 and 12, then head to Battle Creek to face the Bombers on June 13 and 14. Kalamazoo will make the trip to Iowa to take on Waterloo for a pair of games on June 21 and 22. Battle Creek will play the Bucks in Iowa for a pair of games on July 3 and 4.
This season’s NWL Playoffs will begin on Monday, August 10 with two best-of-three Divisional Series matchups. The Divisional winners will then advance to the Summer Collegiate World Series and face off in a best-of-three set beginning on Thursday, August 13 to determine the 2015 NWL Champions.
Breaking the home schedule down by days of the week, Riverfront Stadium will be the site of four Sunday games, seven Monday games, six Tuesday games, four Wednesday games, four Thursday games, six Friday games, and five Saturday games. The Bucks will be home for their traditional Father’s Day game (Sunday, June 21 versus the Growlers) and Independence Day (Saturday, July 4 versus the Bombers).
The Bucks will play two games at home in the month of May, 13 games at home in the month of June, 18 games at home during the month of July, and three games at home during the month of August. Waterloo will be the home team for 15 games in the first half of the season and 21 games in the second half.
Home game times for the 2015 season are as follows:
Monday – Saturday games: 7:05 pm CT
Sunday games: 3:35 pm CT
Saturday, July 4: 5:05 pm CT
Saturday, July 18: 5:05 pm CT
Wednesday, July 29: 12:05 pm CT
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 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 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 (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.