Two players from LIU Brooklyn’s baseball team are playing in Iowa this summer for the Waterloo Bucks and are doing quite well as part of a team off to a 25-10 start.
Shortstop John Ziznewski and first baseman Kevin Needham, who will both be seniors next season, are playing their first season with the Bucks in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. Ziznewski is hitting .330/.373/.400 in 30 games while Needham is hitting .216/.300/.239 in 24 games.
The league plays 70 games and it’s great for college players to continue their development after school is over. It must be weird for two New Yorkers, Ziznewski is from Staten Island and Needham is from Jackson, NJ, to go from playing in Brooklyn to playing in Iowa, but it certainly sounds like they are enjoying themselves.
“When I found out I was coming out here, I didn’t know what to expect,” Ziznewski told Carson Tigges of the WCF Courier. “It’s a lot slower than New York and the fast pace back home. But I like it, the people are laid back, relaxed and the slow pace is actually pretty nice.”
“I was real excited to come because this is one of the best leagues in the country. Look at the turnout (Thursday when they had 4,507 in attendance), this is the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in,” Needham added.
For LIU Brooklyn, players going to Iowa during the summer is becoming a trend. James Jones was the first when he went in 2009. Drew Walsh was there in 2011 and Pete Leonello was there last season.