The NAIA Championship Opening Round bracket for Paducah, Ky., has been officially announced.
The Peru State College (PSC) Bobcats, fourth-seeded in the Paducah bracket, will begin play at 10 a.m. at Brooks Stadium – Doc Hideg Field on Thursday, May 10. Their opponent in the first game is Grand View University from Des Moines, Iowa.
With a win, the Bobcats will play at 6:30 p.m. that same night against the top-seed, LSU Shreveport.
The complete bracket is as follows:
Thursday, May 10
Game 1: #4 Peru State (Neb.) vs. #5 Grand View (Iowa), 10 a.m.
Game 2: #2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) vs. #3 Bellevue (Neb.), 2 p.m.
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. #1 LSU Shreveport, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 11
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 5: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5, 1:00 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7, 5:00 p.m., championship
Monday, May 14
Game 9: If necessary
Prior to the tournament, the Bobcats will participate in a Youth Clinic to work with Paducah-area youth on their pitching, hitting, and fielding skills.
An opening round pre-tournament banquet will be held for all of the teams on Wednesday night prior to the tournament.
Live statistics will be provided through the LSU Shreveport sports information director. To follow the statistics, Bobcat fans can go to http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamPage.aspx?association=10&sg=MBA&team=1755.
In other news from Peru State...
Seven members of the recently crowned Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Post-Season Baseball Tournament Peru State College (PSC) Bobcats recently received all-conference recognition by a vote of the HAAC's baseball coaches.
Earning first team recognition were Jeff Eubank (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Jonathan Castillo (Paterson, N.J.), and Kyle Fredrickson (Omaha). Eubank was the first team second baseman; Castillo was one of four outfielders noted, while Fredrickson was one of two catchers picked.
Recognized as second team honorees were three Bobcat pitchers. Seniors Will Scott (Defuniak Springs, Fla.) and Tim Crawford (Omaha) were joined by junior Bryan Duncan (Seattle, Wash.) on the second unit.
Gaining honorable mention was freshman Randy Santiesteban (Hialeah, Fla.). Santiesteban is a shortstop.
Lyndsay Drumm, a Peru State College senior from Bennington, recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team for softball. Drumm earned her recognition as a pitcher in the College Division of District 6.
Student-athletes are nominated by current members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) which is a national organization comprised of the sports public relations, communications and information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.
In their first year in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC), the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat softball team had six players earn all-conference recognition. This was the maximum number for PSC honorees based on the HAAC Softball by-laws, which follow the regular-season final rankings.
Earning first team recognition were juniors Emily Maresh (Central City) and Kristen Bodyk (Paris, Ontario, Canada). Maresh was one of three catchers honored while Bodyk was one of three shortstops named to the first team.
Devin Choate (Beatrice) and Brittany Hoock (Elkhorn) received second team recognition. Choate, a junior, was the lone first baseman on the second team while Hoock, a senior, was among three third basemen receiving honors.
Among the six pitchers earning honorable mention status were Devon Massengale (Elkhorn) and Lyndsay Drumm (Bennington). Massengale is a sophomore while Drumm is a senior.