The 15 team Firecracker Classic Tournament for Senior Legion Baseball gets underway this weekend. Alton, Belleville and Fairview Heights are the three host sites for the games beginning today and running through Tuesday. Alton will play at 10am and 7pm both today and tomorrow at Hopkins Field at Gordon Moore Park. The semi finals and championship games will be on Monday at Belleville.
Locally, in addition to Alton... Belleville, Fairview Heights, Hamilton, Champaign, Pekin, and Moline are the Illinois teams competing this year. Other teams hail from Missouri, Arkansas, and Minnesota.
The American Legion Tournament of Champions is also taking place starting today, with Bethalto, Edwardsville and Highland the host sites. Bethalto will play at 10am and 8pm both today and tomorrow at the Sports Complex. The tournament semi-finals and final will be played Monday in Bethalto. Troy, Quincy and Morton are the other Illinois teams taking part along with teams from Missouri and Arkansas.