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Extreme Heat Alters Friday, June 10 Baseball/Softball State Final Schedules

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Release below updated at 10:00 AM on June 10, 2016:
With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 100 degrees this weekend, Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Craig Anderson announced schedule changes to the IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Baseball and Softball State Finals for Friday and Saturday, June 10-11.

The softball finals will take place at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria, while Silver Cross Field in Joliet is the home of the baseball championships. Game times have been adjusted from the original schedule at both sites to prevent playing during the hottest hours of the day. The new schedule for both sites are listed below. Fans should note that every effort will be made to begin Saturday's state championship games at their scheduled times (3A at 11:00 a.m. and 4A at 7:00 p.m.), including potentially shortening third-place games.

IHSA BASEBALL STATE FINAL SCHEDULE at SILVER CROSS FIELD (Joliet)
 FRIDAY, JUNE 10
   
 Time
 Game  Matchup
 9:00 a.m.
 Class 3A Semifinal #1
 Lemont vs. St. Viator
 immediately after game 1
 Class 3A Semifinal #2
 Limestone vs. Springfield
 5:00 p.m.
 Class 4A Semifinal #1  Providence vs. Plainfield North
 immediately after game 3
 Class 4A Semifinal #2  St. Charles North vs. Mundelein
     
 SATURDAY, JUNE 11
   
 Time  Game  Matchup
 9:00 a.m.
 Class 3A Third-Place
 TBD vs. TBD
immediately after game 1*
 Class 3A State Championship
 TBD vs. TBD
 5:00 p.m.
 Class 4A Third-Place
 TBD vs. TBD
 immediately after game 3*
 Class 4A State Championship
 TBD vs. TBD
     
* Championship games will
begin by 11:00 am & 7:00 pm
 


IHSA SOFTBALL STATE FINAL SCHEDULE at EASTSIDE CENTRE (East Peoria)
 FRIDAY, JUNE 10
   
Time 
Game
Matchup
 9:00 a.m.  Class 3A Semifinal #1  Montini vs. Carmel
 immediately after game 1
 Class 3A Semifinal #2  Sacred Heart-Griffin vs. Washington
 5:00 p.m.  Class 4A Semifinal #1  Normal West vs. Downers Grove South
 immediately after game 3  Class 4A Semifinal #2  Oak Park-River Forest vs. DeKalb
     
 SATURDAY, JUNE 11
   
 Time Game Matchup
 9:00 a.m.
 Class 3A Third-Place
 TBD vs. TBD
 immediately after game 1*
 Class 3A State Championship
 TBD vs. TBD
 5:00 p.m.
 Class 4A Third-Place
 TBD vs. TBD
 immediately after game 3*
 Class 4A State Championship
 TBD vs. TBD
     
*Championship games will
begin by 11:00am & 7:00pm
 

“These are some of the hottest expected temperatures that anyone can recall for our baseball and softball tournaments,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Our motto is Play Smart. Play Hard., so I think it is common sense to take these precautions for the safety of the student-athletes, coaches, umpires and fans.”

In addition to the schedule changes, IHSA staff members have been working with tournament host staffs and Certified Athletic Trainers to develop heat precaution measures at both sites that will include more tents for sun cover, icing stations and cooling fans.

Play Smart. Play Hard. is a player safety initiative established by the IHSA in 2015 aimed at empowering student-athletes, parents, coaches and fans to educate themselves on player safety issues and the steps that have been taken in Illinois to protect student-athletes. More information is available at www.PlaySmartPlayHard.org

IHSA staff and host personnel will continue to assess the weather related to any schedule changes on Saturday.