PRESS RELEASE–Riders senior Dillon Buckmeier has verbally agreed to play college baseball at Minot State University, in Minot, ND. Minot is a NCAA Division II school, which competes in the Northern Sun Conference. This season they finished 29-22 overall under first year head coach Scott Eul. The 29 wins for Minot this year was a school record. Coach Eul has turned the Minot State program into a contender in just one year, which has Buckmeier even more excited about his signing. Buckmeier becomes the 45th Riders player to sign to play college baseball during Coach Perleberg’s tenure.
Minot State Head Coach Scott Eul on Buckmeier: “Dillon brings the high end athleticism we are looking for in this class. Has a ton of tools and will be able to apply constant pressure offensively. The program Dillon comes from is a hard working, get after it kind of program and that’s exactly why we are bringing Dillon in. We couldn’t be more excited to have Dillon joining the Beaver Baseball program”
Buckmeier has been a main stay in the Riders program from 2012-2017. He has experienced a lot of individual and team success in the program during his time. In 2014 as a freshman, he was a part of the Rustlers JV that won their first ever State Championship. From 2015-2017 he has been a 3-year starter for the Riders. In 2015, Buckmeier was a starter on the Riders team that finished 2nd in the NW Regional Tournament. In 2016 as a junior, Buckmeier hit .327, with 72 runs scored and 40 stolen bases and helped lead the Riders to a 57-25 overall record. He was named to the 2016 Wyoming All-State Team. This season, Buckmeier is off a great start leading the Riders in most offensive categories including batting average (.471), hits (33), doubles (7), on-base percentage (.606), slugging percentage (.600), runs scored (28), and walks (16). He is also one of the best defensive centerfielders you will find.
Coach Perleberg on Buckmeier “I’m not sure that I’ve coached too many guys that are as special as Bucky. First of all, he is the ultimate team-guy, as selfless of an individual as you will find. I always say that if your best players aren’t your best teammates, then you have problems and we are fortunate to have the type of leader/teammate we do in Bucky. His positive attitude and drive to be the best he can be is contagious to those around him. He really defines what being a Rider is all about with his efforts on and off the field. He is a very special young man to me and to our program. As a player, he is a dream to coach because he is never satisfied. With his athleticism and speed he can really change a game. Offensively this year he is just a different player due to his hard work in the cage and weight room this offseason. He has no doubt been our most consistent player offensively this year. He has all the tools to be an outstanding college player and is the right type of player for what Coach Eul is building at Minot State. “The RRiders family is very proud of you and thanks you for your years of hard work and dedication to Riders Baseball.”
Buckmeier is currently as senior at Campbell County High School and will graduate this Sunday. He is the son of David and Patti Buckmeier.