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2021 IESA Girls Softball State Finals Begin This Friday in Normal

The 43rd annual Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Girls Softball State Tournaments will be held this weekend (September 24-25) at Champion Fields in Normal. This is will be the first year that the activity will be split into three classes- 1A, 2A, 3A. Over 270 schools entered the softball state series and began competition at the regional level.

The starting times of the games Friday and Saturday are staggered by class. The Class 1A quarterfinals begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. The Class 2A quarterfinals get under way at 10:00 a.m. The Class 3A quarterfinals are set to start at 10:30 a.m. The four quarterfinal winners in each class will advance to semifinal games Saturday morning with the third place and championship games set for Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, the Class 1A semifinals get under way at 9:30 a.m. with the third place game set for 1:30 p.m. and the championship game at 3:30 p.m. The Class 2A semifinals begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with the third place game at 2:00 p.m. and the title game at 4:00 p.m. The Class 3A semifinals begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with the third place game at 2:30 p.m. and the title game at 4:30 p.m.

The price of admission on Friday will be $5.00 for adults and high school students and $3.00 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 Girls Softball line in the orange box at the top of the IESA Web Site Home Page. Scores will be updated on the IESA website after each game.

IESA girls softball began in 1978 and was a one-class state series until 2001 before the split to Class A and Class AA competition bringing eight teams in each class to the state final. In 2021, the activity moved to three classes- 1A, 2A, 3A- with eight teams in each class competing in the state finals.

Here is a look at each of the 2021 Softball State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ Champion Fields, Normal, IL
Friday, September 24
Game 1   9:30 a.m.   Pawnee (16-4) vs. Mazon-Verona-Kinsman (12-6)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Lexington (16-10) vs. Brimfield (20-2)
Game 3   1:30 p.m.   Bloomington Corpus Christi (14-4) vs. Dwight (6-12)
Game 4   3:30 p.m.   Stronghurst West Central (15-4) vs. Paris Crestwood (16-3)
 
Saturday, September 25
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   1:30 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   3:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
 
Class 2A @ Champion Fields, Normal, IL
Friday, September 24
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Beecher (22-0) vs. Athens (15-5)
Game 2   12:00 p.m.   Robinson Nuttall (16-1) vs. Glasford Illini Bluffs (19-0)
Game 3   2:00 p.m.   Metamora GS (19-2) vs. Westville (18-1)
Game 4   4:00 p.m.   Shelbyville Moulton (18-1) vs. Gillespie (18-1)
 
Saturday, September 25
Game 5   10:00 a.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   12:00 p.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 3A @ Champion Fields, Normal, IL
Friday, September 24
Game 1   10:30 a.m.   Manteno (18-5) vs. Washington Central (18-2)
Game 2   12:30 p.m.   Frankfort Hickory Creek (20-2) vs. Charleston (19-3)
Game 3   2:30 p.m.   Chatham Glenwood (13-0) vs. Coal City (15-6)
Game 4   4:30 p.m.   Barrington Station (16-1) vs. Minooka (14-5)
 
Saturday, September 25
Game 5   10:30 a.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   12:30 p.m.   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 7   2:30 p.m.nbsp;  Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   4:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)

Should weather become a factor and cause a change in the playing schedule, please refer to the softball scoreboard on the IESA website. Any changes to game times and or playing dates will be posted on the scoreboard.

For more information, please contact the Softball Administrator Nicole Schaefbauer at 309-829-0114 or nicole@iesa.org.

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