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2018 IESA Boys Baseball State Finals Begin This Friday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria

Competition in the 13th annual Class 1A, 2A and 3A Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Boys Baseball State Final Tournaments will be this weekend (September 28-29) at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. Eight teams in each of the three classes (1A, 2A, and 3A) have advanced to the finals. This is the 64th year that IESA has conducted a state series in baseball.

The starting times of the games Friday and Saturday are slightly different for each of the classes. The quarterfinal games on Friday in Class 1A are set for 9:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, the two semifinals games are set for 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with the third place game set for 2:00 p.m. and the championship game at 4:00 p.m.

In Class 2A, the Friday quarterfinal games are set for 10:00 a.m.; 12 noon; 2:30 p.m.; and 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the two semifinals games are set for 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon with the third place game set for 2:30 p.m. and the championship game at 4:30 p.m.

In Class 3A, the Friday quarterfinal games begin at 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.; and 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, the time schedule mirrors that of Class 2A so the two semifinals games are set for 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon with the third place game set for 2:30 p.m. and the championship game at 4:30 p.m.

Should weather become a factor, the IESA web site will contain up-to-date information regarding the tournament playing schedule. Go to www.iesa.org.

The price of admission on Friday will be $5.00 for adults and high school students and $2.00 for students (K-8) and senior citizens (62 and over). Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free both days. The winning teams on Friday will play two games on Saturday. Fans attending the games Saturday will receive a wristband that is to be worn all day and will be used for entry to the facility throughout the day. The price of admission for the wristband Saturday will be $7.00 for adults and high school students and $3.00 for senior citizens (62 and over) and students (K-8).

Complete pairings for each state final, plus the FanZone, can be found at www.iesa.org. Click on the Boys Baseball line at the top of the IESA Web Site Home Page. Scores will be updated on the IESA website after each game.

The IESA sanctioned boys baseball in 1955. There was one class of boys baseball until 1990 when the activity was split into Class A and Class AA based upon a school's 7th-8th grade enrollment. It was split again in 2006 into the current three classes of 1A, 2A and 3A. For this baseball season, schools with a 7-8 enrollment of 18-95 are Class 1A; 96-205 are Class 2A; and 206-960 are Class 3A.

Here is a look at the pairings for each of the 2018 Baseball State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ EastSide Centre, East Peoria, IL
Friday, September 28
Game 1   9:30 a.m.   Springfield Christ the King (18-4) vs. Joliet St. Raymond (14-2)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Normal Metcalf (10-6) vs. Champaign St. Matthew (15-7)
Game 3   2:00 p.m.   Monmouth ICS (13-4) vs. Effingham St. Anthony (10-7)
Game 4   4:00 p.m.   Ottawa Marquette (15-1) vs. Peoria Hollis (9-5)
 
Saturday, September 29
Game 5   9:30 a.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   11:30 a.m.   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 7   2:00 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   4:00 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
 
Class 2A @ EastSide Centre, East Peoria, IL
Friday, September 28
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Mt. Sterling Brown County (16-3) vs. St. Joseph (18-1)
Game 2   12 noon   Germantown Hills (14-4) vs. Bloomington Corpus Christi (19-2)
Game 3   2:30 p.m.   Kankakee Bishop McNamara (14-2) vs. Teutopolis (17-2)
Game 4   4:30 p.m.   Auburn JHS (7-12) vs. Tremont (9-8)
 
Saturday, September 29
Game 5   10:00 a.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   12 noon   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 7   2:30 p.m.    Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   4:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
 
Class 3A @ EastSide Centre, East Peoria, IL
Friday, September 28
Game 1   10:30 a.m.   Edwardsville Liberty (13-2) vs. Ottawa Shepherd (13-2)
Game 2   12:30 p.m.   Pekin Edison (16-0) vs. Lemont Old Quarry (9-0)
Game 3   3:00 p.m.   Chatham Glenwood (15-3) vs. Normal Parkside (17-5)
Game 4   5:00 p.m.   Homer Glen Homer (13-0) vs. Monticello (17-0)
 
Saturday, September 29
Game 5   10:00 a.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   12 noon   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 7   2:30 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   4:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)

For more information, please contact the Baseball Administrator Steve Endsley at 309-829-0114 or steve@iesa.org.



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