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High school baseball, softball state finals join AR PBS Sports lineup May 20-22

Posted 12 May 2021

Championship games from Benton to air statewide exclusively on Arkansas PBS

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will broadcast the 2021 1A-6A high school baseball and softball state finals live from the Benton Schools Athletic Complex beginning Thursday, May 20, in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association. Games will be available to watch online the week following the finals at and in the Engage Arkansas PBS app.

For anyone who chooses to watch away from the crowds, AR PBS Sports will be broadcast statewide over the air, on cable and on satellite on Arkansas PBS’s primary channel. All the ways to watch Arkansas PBS can be found at Correct channel information is available in local TV listings.

The Arkansas high school baseball and softball state finals will air live on AR PBS Sports at the following times:

·        Game 1, softball – Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m.

·        Game 2, baseball – Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m.

·        Game 3, softball – Thursday, May 20, at 4 p.m.

·        Game 4, baseball – Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

·        Game 5, baseball – Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

·        Game 6, softball – Friday, May 21, at 1 p.m.

·        Game 7, baseball – Friday, May 21, at 4 p.m.

·        Game 8, softball – Friday, May 21, 7 p.m.

·        Game 9, softball – Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m.

·        Game 10, baseball – Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m.

·        Game 11, softball – Saturday, May 22, at 4 p.m.

·        Game 12, baseball – Saturday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

In the week following the finals, games will be available to watch at, allowing coaches, players, families, college recruiters and others to watch at their convenience. Games will also be available through the Engage Arkansas PBS app and PBS Video app on mobile or streaming devices.

During the state finals, viewers and attendees may sign up to receive Arkansas PBS newsletters at to be entered to win Ken Burns’ landmark series “Baseball” on DVD. At the conclusion of the games, 12 winners who signed up May 20-22 will be randomly drawn to receive the documentary collection.

Photos from the Arkansas high school baseball and softball state championship games will be available at

AR PBS Sports, the home for high school state championships in Arkansas, recognizes the vital role high school activities play in the education and development of young adults, while connecting families statewide by featuring hometown athletes competing in the biggest games of the season. Under contract with the Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas PBS will broadcast high school championship activities for football, basketball, baseball and softball for classifications 1A-7A. In addition to creating viewing opportunities for those who may not be able to attend the games, AR PBS Sports enables talented young athletes to connect with college recruiters and potential scholarships.

Some weekend programming will be preempted during the broadcast of state championship games. An up-to-date schedule with options for email reminders and calendar syncing is available at

The Arkansas Activities Association is the statewide governing body for athletics and activities in Arkansas. The AAA's mission is to promote the value of participation in interscholastic activities in the AAA member schools and to provide services to the schools in a fair and impartial manner while assisting and supporting their efforts to develop thinking, productive and prepared individuals as they become positive, contributing citizens modeling the democratic principles of our state and nation.

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