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Reigning Miss Illinois, Heartland News’ Isabelle Hanson throws first pitch at St. Louis Cardinals game

Miss Illinois Isabelle Hanson threw out the first pitch at the Cardinals/Cubs game on Saturday.
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 4:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2022 at 10:54 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Reigning Miss Illinois Isabelle Hanson got the opportunity that most Major League Baseball fans can only dream of.

Hanson, a KFVS-12 anchor and reporter, threw the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday evening’s Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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We talked to Izzy before the big and she said she was planning to not try to throw the ball the full 60 feet, 6 inches – the distance between the standard MLB pitching mound and home plate.

“Maybe I’ll sneak a little bit closer and throw it,” Hanson said. “Gotta set myself up for success.”

This was Hanson’s first shot at throwing a ceremonial first pitch, and she admitted she was slightly nervous.

“I should practice more,” Hanson said. “I have to say, I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. I’m musical, not athletic.”

Hanson, an accomplished violinist, started formal violin training at the age of four. Her musical abilities helped her win the talent competition during the second preliminary night of the 2021 Miss America competition.

Hanson wouldn’t say for which team she was rooting for on Saturday, but she seemed to be leaning toward the team that represents her home state.

“You’re talking to a girl who was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago,” Hanson said. “But I know the Heartland loves the Cardinals, so whatever fan you want me to be.”

The game started at 6:15 p.m. at Wrigley Field on Saturday, June 4.

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