MSHSAA ANNOUNCES BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE
O'Fallon’s T.R. Hughes to be home of MSHSAA Baseball Championships through 2016 championship.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association announced the host site for 2013-2016 Championships for all four classes. After weighing the proposals from Springfield, O'Fallon, Columbia and St. Joseph, the MSHSAA Board of Directors elected to allow O'Fallon's T.R. Hughes Ballpark
to host the "final four" beginning with the 2013 championships.
T.R. Hughes Ballpark is the home field of the River City Rascals, a Frontier League baseball team. Opened in 1999, the ballpark has seating for 5,517 people. In addition to hosting the home contests for the Rascals, the ballpark hosts numerous high school and collegiate contests throughout the school year. On October 13–14, 2007 the ballpark was the site of the longest baseball game in recorded history. A group of forty players from the Men's Senior Baseball League of St. Louis played for 39 hours 29 minutes and 25 seconds. They played 92 innings and the score was 119-81. On August 13, 2009 the stadium was the site of a home run derby between Albert Pujols and Shaquille O'Neal for Shaq's new reality television series, "Shaq Vs."
The dimensions of T.R. Hughes are approximately 320 in left field, 385 feet in center field, and 325 in right field.
The tournament’s format will remain the same with Class 1 & 2 playing on Wednesday and Thursday while Class 3&4 play on Friday and Saturday. Sixteen teams -- four teams in each of the MSHSAA’s four baseball classifications -- advance to the championship site each year.