LIVINGSTON, NJ — When the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league, announced the rosters for the 2015 Northwoods League All-Star Game to be played on Tuesday, July 21 in Wisconsin, Livingston High School Class of 2011 graduate Brian Drapeau, was selected to represent the Waterloo Bucks. Drapeau, a right-handed pitcher at Long Island University (LIU), was one of three Waterloo Bucks to have been named for the 2015 All-Star Game, along with Zach McKinstry and Luke Stratman.
According to OurSportsCentral, an outlet for alternative and minor-league sports news, Drapeau leads the league in strikeouts with 51, games started at 10, and innings pitched at 57.2. The Northwoods League comprises teams of only the top college players from North America and beyond. All players in the league, including Drapeau, have NCAA eligibility remaining.
“The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League,” said Drapeau’s mother, Rhonda. “Brian was placed on the Waterloo Bucks by his LIU coach and is staying with a wonderful host family, who is taking good care of him all summer.”
The 2015 Northwoods League All-Star Game, presented by Marshfield Clinic and taking place at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, will be the 22nd annual All-Star Game of its kind. According to the league’s regulations, this year's All-Stars were hand-chosen by the 18 member teams of the Northwoods League through voting ballots that were cast by each team's field staff and media contacts.
Drapeau, who thrived in the sport at Livingston High School and went on to prosper as the right-handed pitcher for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, was thrilled when the Northwoods League announced its North and South Division All-Star teams Monday.
“It's an honor and a privilege to be selected for the All-Star Team amongst my peers,” said Drapeau. “I take pride in carrying on the legacy that LIU has accumulated in Waterloo.”
Drapeau transferred to the Brooklyn Blackbirds from Howard College in Texas, where he made 13 appearances on the mound in his sophomore season. According to his Howard College baseball records, Drapeau accumulated a 2-1 record, with a 3.96 Earned Run Average (ERA), struck out 58 batters in 63.2 innings and collected one save. At LIU, Drapeau currently holds a 5-2 record with a 2.19 ERA.
Drapeau is majoring in Biology at LIU, with the intention of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, but sports were always a massive component in his daily life. In fact, Drapeau earned three varsity letters during his four years as a Livingston Lancer: two in baseball and one in football.
Now, he is spending his summer with the Northwoods League, the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams drawing significantly more fans than any other league of its kind. More than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to major league baseball, including Max Scherzer Jordan Zimmerman and Curtis Granderson. Drapeau will be amongst the many Marshfield Clinic All-Star Game festivities that begin on Monday, July 20, with an evening banquet at Hotel Mead & Conference Center, honoring the players selected to the North and South Division All-Star teams.