Four Bucks Named NWL All-Stars

Wacrescentini-jaredterloo, Iowa – The Northwoods League has announced that four Waterloo Bucks have been named to the 2016 All-Star Game. Those players are Jared Crescentini, Brandon Downey, Derek Hendrixson, and Adam McGinnis.  They will participate in the 2016 NWL All-Star Game that will be played on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:05 pm at Historic Simmons Field in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Right-handed pitcher Jared Crescentini (pronounced cress-in-TEE-nee), a junior from Missouri Baptist University and originally from Shawnee, Kansas, is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA.  Crescentini has struck out 29 batters while walking just 16 in 45.1 innings pitched.

Pitcher Brandon Downey, a sophomore from Maryville University and originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is leading the North Division in saves with eight.  The right-hander has appeared in 11 games for Waterloo and owns a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts.downey-brandon

Wright State University pitcher Derek Hendrixson is 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA this season for the Bucks.  A native of Centerville, Ohio, the righty has appeared in 13 games this season and has struck out 30 in 24 innings pitched with two saves.

Adam McGinnis, a junior from Western Illinois University and originally from Normal, Illinois, leads the league in RBI with 38.  The catcher is hitting .296 and is in the NWL’s top five in the following categories:  home runs (6), doubles (11), extra-base hits (17), and slugging percentage (.528).

Both the North Division and South Division NWL All-Star teams were announced earlier today by the league.hendrixson-derek

The Bucks are in the midst of a five-game road trip, playing the Thunder Bay Border Cats tonight at 6:05 pm.  Tonight’s game can be heard online at with play-by-play announcer Jared Shlensky.  The team returns home on Sunday, July 10 to start a two-game homestand versus the First Half North Division Champion Eau Claire Express.  First pitch on Sunday is slated for 3:35 pm and fans are encouraged to call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633 or order online at

The Bucks play at Riverfront Stadium where the team welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, and concessimcginnis-adamons equipment.  Season tickets, individual game tickets, and group outings are currently on sale by calling the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch during the season with the Bucks by utilizing their website at or utilizing the Waterloo Bucks app.


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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 23rd season 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Bucks as your favorite team.