2016 NSAA Baseball Tournament Brackets set

2016 NSAA Baseball Tournament Brackets set

MADISON, S.D. – The brackets for the 2016 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Postseason Baseball Tournament are set. Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.) will be this year's conference tournament host sites, with the opening round starting on Friday, May 6.

Top eight seeds advance to the NSAA Baseball Postseason Conference Tournament, which will feature two brackets—Bracket A and Bracket B—using a double-elimination within each bracket. Bellevue (Neb.) (43-9 overall record, 20-3 NSAA conference record) has claimed the first automatic NSAA bid to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament after winning the regular-season conference title. The Bruins are the top overall seed in the conference tournament and will play in Bracket A. Bracket A includes No. 4 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (25-25, 12-10 NSAA), No. 5 seed Waldorf (Iowa) (17-31, 13-11 NSAA) and No. 8 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (18-33, 9-14 NSAA).

The first two rounds will take place at Charlie Brown Memorial Stadium in Valley City on Friday and Saturday. The final two remaining teams in Bracket A competing for the NSAA conference championship berth is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. in Jamestown. The conference tournament kicks off with Dickinson State taking on Waldorf Friday at 12 p.m., followed by Bellevue taking on Valley City State with a scheduled first pitch at 3 p.m. Jamestown (N.D.) (47-7, 18-5 NSAA) is the No. 2 seed and will play in the Bracket B portion along with No. 3 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (20-25, 13-10 NSAA), No. 6 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (26-26, 12-11 NSAA) and No. 7 seed Viterbo (Wis.) (15-29, 11-13 NSAA).

Presentation (S.D.) (15-39, 5-19 NSAA) and Winnipeg (Manitoba) (7-38, 3-20 NSAA) are not in the conference tournament.

All games in Bracket B will be played at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown, including the final two remaining teams in Bracket B scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday for a berth to the NSAA championship game. Bracket B opens up the tournament play with Dakota State taking on Mayville State at 1 p.m., followed by Jamestown-Viterbo scheduled for 4 p.m. The tournament continues on Saturday on both sites with a winner's bracket game and a pair loser's out games. There will be 'if necessary' games on Monday a team suffered its first loss in each bracket in Jamestown.

If there was only one 'if necessary' game for either bracket, it will be played on Monday morning at 11 a.m. with the championship game set for 2 p.m. If there were two 'if necessary' games for both bracket, Bracket A game will be played at 11 a.m., followed by Bracket B game at 2 p.m. Then, the NSAA conference championship game is slated for Monday at 5 p.m.

The tournament champion receives the second NSAA's automatic berth to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, which will be played on May 17-20 at nine different campus announced by the NAIA. Jamestown will be one of the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round hosts.

2016 North Star Athletic Association Baseball Championship – hosted by University of Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.)
(Overall Record, NSAA record)

Friday, May 6, 2016
Bracket A – Charlie Brown Stadium – Valley City, N.D.
Game 1:  No. 5 seed Waldorf (Iowa) (17-31, 13-11 NSAA) vs. No. 4 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (25-25, 12-10 NSAA) – 12 p.m.
Game 2:  No. 8 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (18-33, 9-14 NSAA) vs. No. 1 seed Bellevue (Neb.) (43-9, 20-3 NSAA) – 3 p.m.

Bracket B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
Game 1:  No. 6 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (26-26, 12-11 NSAA) vs. No. 3 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (20-25, 13-10 NSAA) – 1 p.m.
Game 2:  No. 7 seed Viterbo (Wis.) (15-29, 11-13 NSAA) vs. No. 2 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (47-7, 18-5 NSAA) – 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Bracket A – Charlie Brown Stadium – Valley City, N.D.
Game 3 (Loser's Out Game):  
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 11 a.m.
Game 4 (Winner's Bracket Game):  Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 2 p.m.
Game 5 (Loser's Out Game):  Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 5 p.m.

Bracket B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
Game 3 (Loser's Out Game):  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 12 p.m.
Game 4 (Winner's Bracket Game):  Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 3 p.m.
Game 5 (Loser's Out Game):  Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Bracket A and B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
Game 6 (Bracket B):  
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 11 a.m.
Game 6 (Bracket A):  Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 2 p.m.

Monday, May 9, 2016
Bracket A and B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
If necessary when Loser Game 6 records its first loss in the conference tournament

Bracket A Game – 11 a.m.
Bracket B Game – 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Championship Game:   Bracket A winner vs. Bracket B winner – 2 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Winner advances to 2016 NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round on May 17-20

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director