Finishing Touches: Illinois and Missouri Hold Final Practices Ahead of All-Star Game

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For the 7th straight year America’s Hometown will host the annual Missouri-Illinois All-Star Baseball game Saturday evening.

First pitch is set for 7 pm at veterans field in Hannibal. 46 of some of the top standout’s from the prep diamond will be in action on final time representing their respective alma mater’s as well as their home state.

First pitch in Hannibal just over 24 hours away and the excitement is continuing to build throughout the region.

The men from the Land of Lincoln went through their final preparations Friday morning at Veterans Field in Hannibal under the watchful eye of long time Pittsfield head coach John Schultz.

This year’s Illinois All-Star roster includes players from nine different schools. Team Illinois also leads the series 4-2.

While Illinois is locked in on getting the job done Saturday night, there is no escaping the thought that once this game is over, so too are their high school careers.

Unity second baseman Logan Voth said, “Yeah, no it’s crazy to think about.

Me and my mom were talking about it the other day. I mean college is starting in a month.

It’s just crazy to think that it’s already here.

And I’m going to miss playing with some of these guys during the Summer and stuff so I’m gonna miss it.”

After team Illinois finished their 2 hour workout, the Missouri All-Stars also held their final practice at 11 am Friday morning.

With this being the team’s fifth practice session of the week, All-Star Head Coach Ian Hatton stated that the unfamiliar has become familiar and the Show-Me state squad have quickly gained a lot of chemistry.

They’ve also had a chance to really shake off a little rust off.

Remember a lot of these All-Stars haven’t picked up a bat since their season’s came to a close for their respective school’s on the prep diamond.

With the final tune ups now complete the Missouri All-Stars right now are feeling good that the Illinois all-stars will have a hard time getting reaching base tomorrow night with their sensational pitchers they have slated to hit the mound and the standout defenders they’ll have in the infield and outfield this weekend.

Canton shortstop Brody Smith said, “Defense and pitching pretty well. That’s what we’re focused on, been focused on all week.

So hopefully we execute tomorrow night.

We got a lot of experience here this week.

Been practicing here all week so we’re looking ready to play here Saturday night.”

 

David Sugarman

David Sugarman

David Sugarman is the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter at WGEM News.

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