Giants rally to win E.I. League championship series

GIFFORD — The clock struck midnight on the Eastern Illinois Baseball League's Cinderella team at a heartbreaking time.

The Paxton Swedes were three outs away from winning the league's tournament championship as they led 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning of game two of the championship series on Sunday.

Carver, Royal advance to championship series

GIFFORD -- Adam Carver proved that the voters for the Eastern Illinois Baseball League's Virgil Scheiwe Most Outstanding Pitcher Award were right for selecting him for the award.

Paxton upends top seed Giflats in Eastern Illinois semifinals, sets up championship series with Royal

GIFFORD ― With a 5-4 win in Sunday's Eastern Illinois Baseball League Tournament semifinals, the Paxton Swedes will play in the championship series for the first time since 2009.

"It has been a long time coming," Swedes player/manager Mark Prina said.

A storm's brewing: Joop wins E.I. League MVP, batting title

GIFFORD — The first true foray into Eastern Illinois League baseball could not have gone much better for Storm Joop.

Having been on scholarship for the University of Indianapolis the last four years, Joop only played in a handful of games for Gifford-Flatville in the past, spending most of his summer circuits with summer collegiate teams.

Three-Peat: Once again, Rantoul baseball excels in the classroom with academic award

RANTOUL — The legacy, foundation and identity of the Rantoul baseball program is set — and baseball has nothing to do with it.

For the third year in a row, the Eagles baseball program was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Excellence Award.

E.I. League awards, playoff pairings announced

RANTOUL — The Buckley Dutchmasters will host their Eastern Illinois Baseball League Tournament quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Scheiwe Field in Buckley.

The third-seeded Dutchmasters will face Game Seven.

In the other quarterfinal game, the fifth-seeded Paxton Swedes will play against the fourth-seeded Champaign Dream at 10 a.m. Sunday at Franzen Field in Gifford.

Giflats fall to Royal 11-9 at Jamboree

BUCKLEY — They share a baseball field and the top two spots in the Eastern Illinois Baseball League for the summer of 2018.

Looking ahead: Following season-ending loss in district tournament, Post 287 sets high expectations in 2019

TILTON — Looking back at last summer compared to this one would be akin to comparing apples to oranges for Garry Smith.

Rantoul’s Post 287 baseball team of the American Senior Legion and its manager were coming off a dismal 2017 campaign, but in 2018, Smith was more than happy with what he saw on the field and in the dugout.

Piecing it together: Giflats establish league-winning roster that hopes to bring first tourney title since 2011

GIFFORD — If someone would have told Dan Plecki prior to the season his team would be 15-5 at regular season’s end, he would have laughed.

That’s something the Gifford-Flatville baseball team’s player/manager admits, yet heading into Sunday’s Eastern Illinois League Jamboree, that’s where the Giflats’ record stood at.

Moving up the ranks: Harbicek to take reins of Hoopeston baseball

RANTOUL — When the Rantoul and Hoopeston Area baseball teams meet next year on March 21, there will be a little extra juice in the matchup.

Rich Harbicek, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the Rantoul program, last week officially accepted the job to become the Cornjerkers’ head baseball coach.

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