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03/21/2018 9:55 AM -

GARY, IN – The Gary SouthShore RailCats are proud to announce the return of the FanBags High School Challenge as a centerpiece of the spring baseball season in NW Indiana.

The 16th Annual FanBags High School Challenge will feature 20 games and 37 teams from Illinois and Indiana from April 2nd through April 27th. Teams will come from as far east as Michigan City, as far west as Frankfort (IL), and as far south as Rensselaer for this unique opportunity. Fans will have a unique opportunity with 4 Indiana-Illinois cross border games!

The schedule for the 2018 High School Challenge is as follows:

Monday, April 2nd
4:30 – Hebron High School vs Valparaiso High School
7:30 – Bishop Noll Institute vs Griffith High School

Monday, April 9th
4:30 – West Side Leadership Academy vs Thornton Fractional North
7:30 – Rensselaer Central High School vs North Newton High School

Wednesday, April 11th
4:30 – Hebron High School vs Wheeler High School

Friday, April 13th
7:30 – Tinley Park High School vs Lowell High School

Saturday, April 14th
3:00 – Kankakee Valley High School vs Merrillville High School
6:00 – Victory Christian Academy vs LaLumiere School

Monday, April 16th
4:30 – Morgan Township High School vs Kouts High School
7:30 – Lincoln-Way East High School vs Michigan City High School

Wednesday, April 18th
4:30 – East Chicago Central High School vs Hammond Academy of Science & Technology
7:30 – LaCrosse High School vs South Central High School

Friday, April 20th
4:30 – Theodore Roosevelt College & Career Academy vs Thea Bowman Leadership Academy
7:30 – Lake Station High School vs River Forest High School

Monday, April 23rd
4:30 – 21st Century Charter School vs Theodore Roosevelt College & Career Academy
7:30 – Hobart High School vs Highland High School

Friday, April 27th
4:30 – Richards High School vs Bishop Noll Institute
7:30 – Thornton Fractional North vs Thornton Fractional South

Tickets for the 16th Annual FanBags High School Challenge are only $5 and can be purchased from the competing schools or at the RailCats Box Office.

Merrillville-based FanBags is the first and only company that manufactures cornhole boards with interchangeable playing surfaces. Direct print. HD images. Fully customized.

Celebrate the RailCats 17th Season on the South Shore with suite or party deck packages for your group! Call 219-882-2255 or visit for more information on having your outing at the ballpark.

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