IHSAA 46th Annual State Tournament Baseball Series
Class 4A Regional at Evansville Reitz (Bosse Field)
Bloomington North (18-9-1) vs. Jeffersonville (18-7), noon/11 a.m. (Eastern Time/Central Time)
Castle (18-12) vs. New Palestine (22-6), 2:30/1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time/Central Time)
Semifinal winners, 8/7 p.m. (Eastern Time/Central Time)
Tickets: $5 per session; $8 both sessions
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ABOUT BOSSE FIELD
The host stadium for the baseball regional was built in 1915. It is the third oldest ballpark used for professional baseball on a regular basis in the country, surpassed only by Fenway Park (1912) in Boston and Wrigley Field (1914) in Chicago.
It is the current home of the Frontier League Evansville Otters, an independent minor league baseball team. The last team with major league affiliation to play at Bosse Field was the Evansville Triplets, the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate from 1974-84.
The Evansville Crimson Giants of the National Football League played at Bosse Field in 1921-22.
In 1991, the historic venue was used by Columbia Pictures for game scenes in the movie “A League of Their Own.”
Construction of the stadium originally cost $65,000 and its current seating capacity is 5,181.
Bosse Field dimensions are 315 feet to the left field and right field foul poles and 415 to straightaway center.
MEET THE TEAMS
New Palestine Dragons
In the sectional: The Dragons won their first-ever 4A sectional title in dramatic fashion, first surviving a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in a semifinal win over Franklin, then scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning to vanquish Greenwood 6-3 in the championship.
Of note: Among players with at least 50 innings pitched, New Palestine’s Brian Page ranks seventh in the state with a 1.05 ERA. Page pitched a seven-inning, four-hit shutout in the Dragons’ sectional semifinal win.
Sectional titles (14): 1969, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2000 3A, 2003 3A, 2004 3A, 2008 3A, 2009 3A, 2010 3A, 2012 4A
Regional titles (4): 1994, 2003 3A, 2004 3A, 2010 3A