Morehead City, N.C. – As the 2012 CPL season quickly approaches, Big Rock Stadium will see its fair share of collegiate baseball in the near future before the Marlins officially kick off their quest for the Petitt Cup. The ‘Rock’ will once again host the Carolinas-Virginia Conference Region X, DII Baseball Tournament.
Big Rock Stadium to host 2nd NJCAA Region X Tournament
The event marks the second time Morehead City has hosted this collegiate baseball regional tournament. Eight teams will play for the right to advance to the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II College World Series in Enid, OK later in the month. The Southeast District qualifying teams already includes Brunswick Community College, Catawba Valley Community College, Pasco Hernando Community College, Southeastern Community College, and Surry Community College with other teams still fighting for the three remaining spots. Southeastern Community College will look to retain their regional championship from a year ago.
The Carolinas-Virginia Conference Region X, DII Baseball Tournament will be a double-elimination style tournament held over five days from May 11-15. During the first three days, four games can be seen on each day (10am 1pm, 4pm, 7pm), with the championship game(s) being held on May 14 and May 15 - if necessary. The winner will advance to the NJCAA DII College World Series in Oklahoma which starts May 26th.
"We’re thrilled to host the NJCAA DII Regional Tournament again," said Morehead City Marlins General Manager Christopher Marmo. “It was a wonderful experience last year for players and parents and we’re happy to have them back in the coming week. Big Rock Stadium is certainly becoming a destination for all types of baseball tournaments,” added Marmo.
Tournament passes can be purchased for $20 at Big Rock Stadium ticket booth during the tournament. Single day passes are also available for $8 for ages 10 and over, while children 9-under are free. For additional information, please contact the Morehead City Marlins office at 252-269-9767.
The purpose of the NJCAA is to promote and foster junior college athletics on intersectional and national levels so that results will be consistent with the total educational program of its member colleges.
The Morehead City Marlins are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer while past experiences have been proven positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 930 alumni drafted and 49 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the CPL, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague). For Marlins ticket and team information, please visit http://www.mhcmarlins.com.