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Johnson-O’Brien stadium to host 1B, 2B state baseball championships

Herald Sports Staff | January 28, 2023 3:44 PM

EPHRATA — Johnson-O’Brien Stadium at Ephrata High School is set to host the 1B and 2B WIAA State Baseball Championships in May, the school district announced on Friday.

This is the first time that Ephrata has hosted a state championship event.

“It is a huge honor to host a state championship in any sport,” Ephrata High School Athletic Director Bryan Johnson said in the release. “Given Ephrata’s rich baseball history, this acknowledgment is extraordinarily special. We have a talented and experienced tournament staff that’s hosted several Babe Ruth World Series events. We feel prepped and ready for this new opportunity.”

The 1B and 2B state championships will be played over Memorial Day weekend, on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27. Ephrata joins Funko Field in Everett and Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham as state championship sites.

“We’re excited to show off Johnson-O’Brien Stadium and the community of Ephrata while putting on a great tournament for the B schools,” said Johnson. “We’ve always thought it was a special place for baseball. It’s nice to have others recognize it, too.”

According to the release, Johnson-O’Brien stadium was chosen for its facilities along with its previous experience hosting tournaments.