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2017 Class 1A, 2A & 3A Boys Baseball

When: Friday, September 29-30, 2017

Class 1A Tournament

  • Quarterfinals (4 games) at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Friday
  • Semifinals (2 games) at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday
  • Third Place at 2:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Championship at 4:00 p.m. Saturday

Class 2A Tournament

  • Quarterfinals (4 games) at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday
  • Semifinals (2 games) at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Saturday
  • Third Place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Class 3A Tournament

  • Quarterfinals (4 games) at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Friday
  • Semifinals (2 games) at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Saturday
  • Third Place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: EastSide Centre, East Peoria, IL

Host School: East Peoria Central Junior High School

Playing Schedule:

Go to the IESA web site www.iesa.org. Click on the underlined words "Boys Baseball" in the box at the top of the home page. The schedule of games and times is on the baseball page. Click on the word "INFO" to see a report of that game as it is in progress, and a recap of the game when it has been completed.

Ticket Prices:

Friday: $5.00 Adult/High School students; $2.00 Senior Citizens (62 and older); $2.00 Students (K-8)

Saturday: (wristband for both sessions) $7.00 Adult/High School students; $3.00 Senior Citizens (62 and older); $3.00 Students (K-8)

Children younger than kindergarten: free both days

Where To Stay for Boys Baseball:

The following three properties have established IESA rates for the weekend. Regardless of where you choose to stay, be sure to tell the person taking your reservation or checking you in that you are attending the IESA State Final Boys Baseball event.

  • Stoney Creek Inn, 101 Mariners Way, East Peoria, IL 309-694-1300
  • Hampton Inn, 11 Winners Way, East Peoria, IL 309-694-0711
  • Holiday inn and Suites, 101 Holiday St., East Peoria, IL 309-698-3333

If you would like information on other lodging/hospitality in the Peoria area, please contact the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-747-0302

How To Get To EastSide Centre:

From Eastbound Interstate 74: Take Exit 95C (Camp Street). Follow Camp Street to its intersection with Washington Street (Route 8). Go through the traffic light at this intersection. (A railroad crossing sits parallel to the intersection.) The road at this point becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street to the next set of traffic lights. This is the intersection of Washington Street and Meadow Avenue. (Point of reference: Diana's Family Restaurant is located on the left side of the intersection.) Turn right on Meadow Avenue (Route 150). Travel about 1.5 miles along Meadow Avenue and watch for the large EastSide Centre lighted message sign on the left. Turn left into the EastSide Centre main entrance and drive up the hill and along the road until coming to a stop sign. Drive forward at the stop sign and enter the EastSide Centre recreation building main parking lot.

From Westbound Interstate 74: Take Exit 96 (Washington Street/Route 8). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Washington Street. At the second stoplight there is a railroad crossing. Washington Street will curve to the right. Continue on Washington Street to the next set of traffic lights. This is the intersection of Washington Street and Meadow Avenue (Route 150). (Point of reference: Diana's Family Restaurant is located on the left side of the intersection.) Turn right on Meadow Avenue (Route 150). Travel about 1.5 miles on Meadow Avenue and watch for the large EastSide Centre lighted message sign on the left. Turn left into the EastSide Centre main entrance and drive up the hill and along the road until coming to a stop sign. Drive forward at the stop sign and enter the EastSide Centre recreation building main parking lot.

Where To Park:

Friday, September 29-30, 2017

Parking will be available at Eastside Center in the main parking area/Football field. 

Weather Situations:

Lightning - If there is lightning, the game will be stopped and the stadium will be cleared. EastSide Centre is protected by Thorguard, which is a device that detects lightning within a ten-mile radius. If and when this system detects lightning, a loud horn will sound and a yellow light will flash. When this occurs all athletes and coaches are required to take shelter within EastSide Centre's gymnasium. All fans must exit the fenced area and report immediately to their vehicles in the parking lot.

Rain or Showers: The game may or may not continue depending on the elements.

Delays or Postponements: Fans should go to the IESA web site www.iesa.org for up-to-date information.

Makeup Dates: If games are postponed, the state final (from the point it is postponed) moves to the next playable day, except there will be no games played on Sunday. If Friday's schedule is postponed, the tournament begins on Saturday. If Saturday's games are postponed, the tournament resumes Monday, etc.

Where to Sit:

The IESA, in conjunction with the host school, assigns the dugouts used by the teams in each game. Fans following their team are urged to sit in the stands on the side of the field where their team dugout is located. All seats for fans are unreserved. IESA may reserve some seats behind home plate, or elsewhere, for the news media covering the game.

What To Wear and What Not To Wear:

We suggest you wear clothing in school colors to support your team and to help distinguish your cheering section in the stands.

Be prepared for all types of weather. At this time of year, it can be warm and sunny, cold and rainy, cold and clear, and/or any combination. When the wind blows at EastSide Centre it can be very dusty. When you pack your rain gear, also pack a blanket, just in case.

IESA By-laws require that all fans attending an IESA state series contest wear shirts at all times they are on the site of the state final event. Shirts must be worn as designed by the manufacturer. Body paint is prohibited. This means spectators and athletes cannot have body paint concealed under their clothing and then remove clothing to display the body paint. Face painting is acceptable. Hair can be any color.

Signs and Banners:

IESA By-laws do not allow the displaying of signs, banners, balloons, and such, by fans, team members or spectators at the site of a state final event. Keep them at home.

Noisemakers:

IESA By-laws do not allow the use of noisemakers at the state final event. Examples of items that are not allowed include, but are not limited to, Cow Bells, Thunder Sticks, Milk Cartons with rocks inside, Shakers, whistles, electronic sound making devices, and such. Come to the state final event ready to clap and cheer for your athletes.

Official Programs:

Printed programs, with team photographs and rosters and other information about the competing teams will be on sale the days of the state final for $5.00 each. They also may be purchased from the IESA Office following the conclusion of the state final if they are available. Price per program by mail is $7.50, which includes the cost of postage and handling.

Purchase Your Own Special Ad In The Official Program:

Parents, fans and/or the school or school booster club may purchase an advertisement in the printed program. The cost varies according to the size of the ad. Deadline for ordering an ad is Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

Royal Publishing produces the IESA State Final Programs and sells the ads that appear in them. Please contact Tanya Hollingsworth or Charity Church at Royal Publishing for details. Please call (800) 397-5834.

Purchase Team/Individual Photos:

Event Pro Photography is the official photographer of the IESA. Before your team's first game, a photographer will take individual and team pictures of all participants and immediately produce a sample IESA souvenir photo plaque that contains a picture of your player and the team. A representative will show the plaque to parents, giving everyone an opportunity to purchase it before the game begins at a cost of $35. All orders will be delivered back to the parents by the end of the game. Team only photo plaques are also available to purchase for $30. A team official can preorder photos from school prior to the state final event by calling Event Pro Photography, Monday-Thursday at (309) 689-0299.

Event Pro Photography will be headquartered at the indoor batting cage next to the high school softball diamonds. The team photos are taken on the practice field as each team warms up for its game. Orders can be made and picked up at the Event Pro Photography display area.

Purchase Official State Final Apparel:

The Cubby Hole is the official and only vendor authorized by IESA to provide fans attending the state final events with the official tournament souvenir apparel. The lineup of souvenir apparel includes: Regular T-Shirts at $17, Long-sleeve T-Shirts at $19, crew neck sweatshirts at $25, hooded sweatshirts at $30, shorts at $18, visors at $12 and caps at $12. Cubby Hole also provides other specialty apparel at the different state finals, like Tank Tops at Track and Field. And you can have your official apparel lettered the way you want it at a cost of $4 for your name and $3 for numbers. Patches are sold depicting the year, state qualifier and sport for $3 each.

For those who want to purchase on-site, the Cubby Hole trailer will be located on the walkway from the parking lots to the diamonds.

For those who want to pre-order your merchandise, the Cubby Hole will now allow individuals to pre-order. Teams will no longer pre-order. All pre-orders are handled on an individual basis. If you would like to pre-order merchandise click on the following link: Cubby Hole. Your official apparel can then be picked up at the state final site when you arrive.

Official Balls:

The baseballs used in the IESA state final event are manufactured by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company of St. Louis. The ball model number is the RIESA.