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Three of four classes to hold state championships at Aces Ballpark

Steve Yingling
Sun News Service

Three of Nevadaand#8217;s four classifications will hold their championship games May 22 at Aces Ballpark in Reno.

That means a possibility of six games being played at the home of the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseballand#8217;s Arizona Diamondbacks. If the school without a defeat in the double-elimination formats loses at Aces Ballpark, then a second championship game will be necessary.

The odd division out is the Nevada 2A, which puts on a two-day state tournament. The other three classifications hold three-day tournaments, so by championship Saturday only two teams will remain.

and#8220;There is only enough time to play a max of six games in there on Saturday and#8212; three championships with the possibility of three and#8216;ifand#8217; games,and#8221; said Donnie Nelson, an assistant director for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. and#8220;We could not fit two other classes plus the 2A in there, that would be seven games in one day. Somebody has to be the odd group out this year and, because of the schedule, the 2A was the automatic choice.and#8221;

The Class 2A tournament is scheduled for May 21-22 at Reno-area high school yet to be determined.

Nelson said that the 2A tournament will need to expand to three days so Aces Ballpark can accommodate the final day when the state championships return north in 2012.

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The Aces and NIAA have been working on a multiyear deal to bring state baseball championships to the downtown Reno park every other year. Theyand#8217;ll hold a press on Thursday morning at the Freight House District to announce their future plans.

The tentative state championship schedule on May 22 is 9 and 11 a.m. games for the Class A finals, 1 and 3 p.m. for the Class 3A finals and 5 and 7 p.m. for the Class 4A finals.

and#8220;This schedule is not realistic, so itand#8217;s already a gamble on our part,and#8221; Nelson said.