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2022 IESA Girls Softball State Finals Begin This Friday in Normal

The 44th annual Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Girls Softball State Tournaments will be held this weekend (September 23-24) at Champion Fields in Normal. This will be the second year that the activity will be split into three classes- 1A, 2A, 3A. Over 290 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.

Tickets may be purchased through GoFan. Digital ticket prices for each day will be $8.00 for adults and high school students and $4.00 for students (K-8) and senior citizens (62 and over). The winning teams on Friday will play two games on Saturday. Fans can access the IESA GoFan page at the following link: https://www.iesa.org/gofan/ For those fans unable to use GoFan, cash tickets will be available each day on-site for $10.00 for adults and high school students and $5.00 for students (K-8) and senior citizens (62 and over). Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free both days.

Complete pairings for each state final, plus the FanZone, can be found at www.iesa.org. 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 2022 Softball State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ Champion Fields, Normal, IL
Friday, September 23
Game 1   9:30 a.m.   Hardin Calhoun (18-2) vs. Mazon-Verona-Kinsman (17-3)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Peru Catholic (11-4) vs. Paris Crestwood (17-2)
Game 3   1:30 p.m.   Brimfield (21-2) vs. Palmyra Northwestern (17-1)
Game 4   3:30 p.m.   Bloomington Corpus Christi (20-1) vs. Kinmundy South Central (19-5)
Saturday, September 24
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)
**Returning from the 2021 State Finals: Mazon-Verona-Kinsman, Paris Crestwood, Stronghurst West Central (3rd Place), Bloomington Corpus Christi (’21 Runner Up), Brimfield (’21 Champion).
 
Class 2A @ Champion Fields, Normal, IL
Friday, September 23
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Metamora GS (23-2) vs. Windsor (25-3)
Game 2   12:00 p.m.   Gillespie (24-2) vs. Downs Tri-Valley (14-7)
Game 3   2:00 p.m.   Stronghurst West Central (21-2) vs. Pleasant Plains (16-4)
Game 4   4:00 p.m.   Westville JHS (14-2) vs. Braidwood Reed-Custer (14-3)
Saturday, September 24
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)
**Returning from the 2021 State Finals: Westville JHS, Gillespie, Metamora GS (’21 Runner Up).
 
Class 3A @ Champion Fields, Normal, IL
Friday, September 23
Game 1   10:30 a.m.   Stanford Olympia (16-5) vs. Frankfort Hickory Creek (18-3)
Game 2   12:30 p.m.   Woodridge Jefferson (8-0) vs. Lockport Oak Prairie (15-3)
Game 3   2:30 p.m.   Chatham Glenwood (14-0) vs. East Peoria Central (22-4)
Game 4   4:30 p.m.   Champaign Edison (20-1) vs. Edwardsville Lincoln (17-3)
Saturday, September 24
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.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   4:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
**Returning from 2021 State Finals: Frankfort Hickory Creek (’21 Runner Up), Chatham Glenwood (’21 Champion).

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 Kristen D’Alfonso at 309-829-0114 or kristen@iesa.org.

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