Three Bucks Named NWL All-Stars

Waterloo, Iowa – The Northwoods League has announced that three Waterloo Bucks have been named to the 2017 All-Star Game.  Those players are Brandon Downey, Kyle Leahy, and Jay Schuyler.  They will participate in the 2017 NWL All-Star Game that will be played on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:05 pm at Athletic Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Downey, a junior from Maryville University and originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is tied for 2nd in the North Division in saves with six.  Downey is 0-1 with a 1.56 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 12 games.  This is Downey’s second consecutive trip to the NWL All-Star Game.

Pitcher Kyle Leahy, a sophomore from Colorado Mesa University and originally from Boulder, Colorado, is leading the NWL in complete games with two and is tied for the league-lead in shutouts with one.  The right-hander owns a 4-0 record with 20 strikeouts and a 1.21 ERA, which is the second best in the North Division among qualifying pitchers.

University of San Diego catcher Jay Schuyler is hitting .266 with 3 home runs, 24 RBI, and 11 stolen bases this season for the Bucks.  A native of Laguna Niguel, CA, the sophomore has played in all 38 games this season, which is tied for the league-lead.

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

The Bucks begin a two-game homestand tonight versus the St. Cloud Rox, with first pitch slated for 6:35 pm.  Tonight’s game can be heard online at with play-by-play announcer Danny Frey.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633.

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 concessions equipment.  Bucks 2017 Single Game Tickets, Season Tickets, and Group Outings are now on sale.  Fans are encouraged to call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633 to order.  Fans can stay in touch with the Bucks during the season by utilizing their website at


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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit http://www.waterloobucks.comor download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.