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The CCIW softball tournament starts in Bloomington on Thursday

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – For the second consecutive season and 15th time in league history, Illinois Wesleyan will host the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Softball Tournament. The competition begins Thursday with four games beginning at noon at Inspiration Field in Bloomington, Illinois.

Admission for each day (cash only) is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and children six years and older. Children aged five and under are free, as are CCIW students upon presentation of a valid student card.

The first two matches scheduled for Thursday are elimination matches. The tournament’s double-elimination format officially begins with the third match of the tournament on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Illinois Wesleyan will be the top seed after winning the CCIW regular season championship with a 13-3 record. The Titans will play either #4 Millikin or #5 Carthage on Thursday at 4:00 PM. The Big Blue, which won the CCIW tournament last season and two of the last three tournaments since 2021, opens the tournament against the Firebirds on Thursday at noon.

The second seed is Augustana, which plays its fourth and final match on Thursday at 6pm and awaits the winner of Thursday’s second match between #3 North Central and #6 North Park at 2pm. NCC is back in the tournament after advancing to the finals of the 2022 tournament, a 3-2 loss to Illinois Wesleyan.

Three matches are scheduled for Friday, starting with an elimination match at 1 p.m. The next match at 3:30 PM will feature the winners of Thursday’s late matches, while the final match on Friday at 6:00 PM will be another elimination match.

The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at noon at Inspiration Field. A ninth and if necessary final match would follow.

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The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently serves nine member institutions, including Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), Carroll University (Waukesha, Wis.), Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.), Elmhurst University (Elmhurst, Illinois), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois), Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois), North Central College (Naperville, Illinois), North Park University (Chicago, Illinois), and Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois).