Waterloo, Iowa – The Waterloo Bucks have announced that Riverfront Stadium will play host to the 2015 NJCAA Region XI Division II Baseball Tournament May 7th through the 11th. 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 7, followed by three more games that day. Four games are scheduled to be played on both Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, while two games are set to be played on Sunday, May 10. The tournament championship will be played at 7:00 pm on Sunday, or at 12:00 pm on Monday, May 11, if a double-elimination game is required.
“The Bucks are very excited to bring this tournament back to Riverfront Stadium,” said Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin. “We hope to make this a great experience for fans and student-athletes and are privileged to have hosted this event every year since 2011. The ICCAC has been tremendous to work with and we’re eager to showcase this brand of baseball along with our stadium improvements to each school’s fan base and residents of the Cedar Valley.”
The Bucks have ties to many of the ICCAC team’s coaching staffs. Former Bucks infielder Jake Astor (2010) is currently an Assistant Coach 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, the winningest team in all of summer-collegiate baseball over the past two years, will open the 2015 season on the road versus the Alexandria Blue Anchors on May 26, but return to Waterloo for their home opener versus the Mankato MoonDogs on May 28. 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 (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.