Edwardsville High School senior Riley Iffrig plays baseball for the state of Indiana

To say that Edwardsville first baseman Riley Iffrig is excited to join the Indiana state baseball program may be an understatement.

“I can barely wait for it. It’s surreal. I haven’t really dealt with it yet,” said Iffrig.

Iffirg signed his National Intent to join the Sycamores on November 9, the first day he could.

Based in Terre Haute, the state of Indiana participates in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.

Indiana State finished last season 26-22-1, including 10-10-1 in the league.

“They are a good young program. They have a lot of starters coming back so they should be competitive when I’m there and beyond,” said Iffrig.

Iffrig has also been considered Missouri, SIUE, and Wichita State.

When it came to making the decision, Iffrig said he really liked the Indiana State coaching staff and the location.

“It’s close to home and my parents can come. They’ve been to all my games. I wanted to make sure this continued,” said Iffrig.

Iffrig made a commitment to the State of Indiana on October 27, 2021.

“I made my commitment at the beginning of last (my junior) year. It’s been a while. I enjoyed it,” said Iffrig.

During his junior season with the Edwardsville Tigers, the left-hander, who beats Iffrig, was a key player in the run to the Class 4A state championship, hitting .433 with three home runs and 32 RBI. He was 10 for 22 with six RBIs in the postseason, including a four-hit performance and three RBIs against Quincy in the Class 4A Alton Regional Championship Game.

During all of this, Iffrig remained attached to the state of Indiana.

“It’s been pretty quiet. I stayed loyal to the state of Indiana because they stayed loyal to me,” Iffrig said.

As a sophomore, Iffrig hit .321 with two homers and 29 RBI.

In a 14-8 win over Saint Louis University High at Tom Pile, Iffrig became the first Tiger to hit two grand slams in a game since Riegert on May 1, 2003 against Granite City.

Edwardsville coach Tim Funkhouser is expecting big things for Iffrig’s senior season.

“Riley had a huge racquet that’s been there for us for the last couple of seasons. He will really thrive this year as he continues to develop. He’s saving a lot for us defensively,” said Funkhouser.

Iffrig said he’s looking forward to his final season with the Tigers and hopes the team can complete a rare repeat of the state championship.

“I’m looking forward to being back out there. We have a good, young group that is coming back,” said Iffrig. “Hopefully we can do that again.”

Iffrig plans to study business at Indiana State.