KCC to host NJCAA Region XII baseball, softball championships

KCC will again host the NJCAA regional baseball and softball tournaments at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

KCC will again host the NJCAA district baseball and softball tournaments at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Kellogg Community College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) 2013 Region XII Baseball and Softball District Championships beginning Wednesday, May 8, and running through Saturday, May 11, at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Twelve softball teams will compete May 8-10 to become district champions to represent District G and District H on the way to the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championships, scheduled for May 15-18 in Clinton, Miss. Six teams, including five from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and one team from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, will compete for each district.

The baseball tournament will see eight teams vying for a single district champion title, including six from the MCCAA and two southern Region XII teams. The Region XII District Baseball Champion will go on to compete in the NJCAA’s Division II Baseball World Series scheduled for May 25 through June 1 in Enid, Okla.

Events on the field will be preceded by coaches meetings that will include nominations and voting for the NJCAA All-Region and All-American teams. The events will conclude with awards ceremonies, including honors for individual and team champions and runners-up, Tournament Most Valuable Player, and Coach of the Year.

Tickets for the events must be purchased onsite and cost $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for senior citizens 65 and older and for children younger than 12. Children under the age of 2 will be admitted free.

Kellogg Community College’s baseball team finished first in its Michigan Community College Athletic Association Conference this year and will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed. Their first game will begin at 3:30 p.m. May 8.

In 2011, the KCC baseball team won the tournament after entering as the lowest seed and finished fourth out of 10 teams in the following national tournament. In 2012, the Bruins entered as first-seeded MCCAA conference champs but did not advance to World Series play.

KCC’s softball team did not qualify to compete in postseason play this season.

For more information about these events or to request media credentials to cover them, contact MCCAA Information Director Tod Hess at todhess@comcast.net.

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