BOONEVILLE, Miss., January 16, 2020 – The Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball program is treating its fans to plenty of games at the brand new “Field of Dreams” complex this spring.
The Tigers will host 28 total games at their state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar new stadium as part of a challenging 2020 schedule.
“We’ve got a lot of teams coming in that wanted to play in our new facility,” said Northeast head coach Richy Harrelson. “We’re excited and looking forward to having these northern teams down here.”
The Tigers have a pair of lengthy homestands over the first two months of the year, but actually begin the season on the road against Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College on Tuesday, February 11.
Opening day at the Northeast Baseball Complex on Friday, February 14 sees the Tigers welcome both Calhoun (Ala.) Community College and Kaskaskia (Ill.) College for a total of three games.
“There’s going to be a lot of people in Booneville that day,” Harrelson said. “We can’t wait for it to get here. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I feel like we’ll come out and be on fire.”
That starts a span of eight consecutive contests for Northeast in the City of Hospitality. The Tigers meet Kaskaskia in five of those matchups and also face Southwest Tennessee Community College.
The Tigers end the month of February by travelling to East Central Community College before beginning March with a season-best 10-game home stretch that lasts through spring break.
Northeast concludes their non-conference slate with a four-game series against Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College from March 7-8. The two sets of Tigers met for the first time ever during the previous campaign.
The Tigers are challenged right off the bat to open the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) portion of their agenda when reigning regional champion Pearl River Community College comes to town on Saturday, March 14.
Northeast then gets a rematch of the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 best-of-three playoff series with visiting Northwest Mississippi Community College on Wednesday, March 18.
Other keynote dates on the calendar include Wednesday, April 8 when the Tigers go to defending MACJC champion Itawamba Community College and Tuesday, April 28 for the final regular season road trip at East Mississippi Community College.
Northeast will recognize and salute its sensational sophomore class during the final home doubleheader of the regular season on Friday, May 1 versus Hinds Community College.
The top nine squads in the MACJC advance to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. The teams seeded two-through-nine will play in a first round series at four different campus locations across the Magnolia State from May 7-9.
The four opening round winners, the MACJC champion and Louisiana State University at Eunice will then come together for a six-team double elimination competition between May 14-17 with the victor qualifying for the NJCAA Division II World Series.
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