Church League Tournament kicks off Thursday

Malden Methodist wrapped up the regular season championship and will take in the No. 1 seed into the Princeton Fastpitch Church League Tournament which starts Thursday at West Side Park.

Malden clinched the top seed with a 16-13 win over St. Matthews Friday night. Also Friday, United Methodist beat Bureau Township 13-9.

The tournament gets underway Thursday with No. 2 St. Matthews facing No. 4 Bureau Township at 6 p.m. followed by No. 3 UMC vs. No. 5 Bunker Hill at 7:30 p.m. Malden awaits the winner of the first game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Thursday’s losers to meet at 6 p.m.

St. Matthew’s is the seven-time defending league champion.

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR since 1986 and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column