“We had strong local support from Missoula and it has a great downtown,” says Norm Doyle, NCBA’s Northern Pacific regional director. “But it’s not conveniently located for most of the teams in the region.”
Boise, connected to 20 cities through direct flights, presented itself as a perfect solution for an event drawing teams from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Couple Boise’s convenient location with Minor League Baseball’s Hawks’ Memorial Stadium and you see why Doyle expects this year’s tournament, May 13-15, to be a home run.
Memorial Stadium, the host venue, should be a treat for the four competing teams to play on for three days, says Doyle. Often, NCBA squads—comprised of college students who don’t have the opportunity or time to play varsity sports—are forced to use less-than-stellar fields. That’s because the teams don’t have the financial backing of major university athletics. In fact, the athletes pay their way to travel.