Wed, May. 23, 2012 - [Baseball]
Tournament Info (Bracket, Live Broadcast, etc)Read full release from the NJCAA
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 55th edition of the NJCAA Division I JUCO
World Series is set for play with 10 talented teams competing for a
national championship May 28 - June 4. For the 54th
consecutive year this premier NJCAA event will take place at Sam Suplizio Field in the great city of Grand Junction, Colo.This year's tournament will mark the grand reopening of Lincoln Park and
Sam Suplizio Field, which has hosted the NJCAA's premier baseball
championship since 1959. The complex will reopen on May 26th
after an $8.3 million renovation
that includes a new press box, renovated dugouts, reserved chair-back seating and more.
Fans can watch all the action LIVE from Grand Junction as the NJCAA, through its broadcasting partner iHigh.com,
will broadcast all 19 games on NJCAA TV
Fans will be able to view the games for FREE thanks to support from the
Grand Junction JUCO Baseball Committee. Grand Junction sports radio
station The Team 1300
will provide play-by-play of all 19 games.
10-team field for this year's World Series has some familiar teams like
Iowa Western Community College, Jefferson College (Mo.), San Jacinto
College - North (Texas), Spartanburg Methodist College (S.C.), Shelton
State Community College (Ala.) and Western Nevada College. Meanwhile,
Cisco College (Texas), Gordon College (Ga.) and Polk State College
(Fla.) are each making their first appearance in Grand Junction.
Neosho County Community College (Kan.) is making its second appearance in the tournament.
For decades the NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series has served as a
stepping stone to the professional ranks for over 100 players. In recent
memory players like Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1982 - Triton College,
Ill.), Curt Shilling (1986 -Yavapai College, Ariz.), Travis Hafner
(1997 - Cowley College, Kan.), John Lackey (1999 - Grayson CC, Texas),
Adam LaRoche (2000 - Seminole CC, Okla.), Brandon Lyon (2000 - Dixie St.
College, Utah) and Bryce Harper (2010 - College of Southern Nevada)
have participated in Grand Junction and moved on to successful MLB
Information obtained from NJCAA's website www.njcaa.org.