The final four in high school baseball and softball will play today, weather permitting, as the PIAA semifinals determine the teams which will play in Friday’s championship games.
District 6 champion Bishop McCort remains in the hunt in Class A baseball with the Crimson Crushers set to face Elk County Catholic at 4:30 p.m. today at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
The semifinal pairing is a rematch of two years ago also in Punxsutawney. In that game, Bishop McCort downed the District 9 champions 17-0 to advance to the championship, but this year the buzz is mostly on the side of the Crusaders who enter the contest with an unblemished record of 25-0.
It was a District 9 champion, Johnsonburg, which sidelined the Crimson Crushers last year in the quarterfinals so Bishop McCort is 1-1 against District 9 winners over the last two seasons.
The Crimson Crushers won it all in 2012 and the Rams are the 2013 champions.
On the other side of the bracket in Class A, District 1 champion Devon Prep will play District 11 champ Schuylkill Haven. The Tide defeated York Catholic 8-5 and Canton 12-1 while the Hurricanes beat Jules Masterman 12-2 in five innings and bested District 6 runner-up Juniata Valley 12-5.
The Class A title game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
In Class AA, Central, the District 6 winner, faces District 10-2 Northwestern, the team which sidelined Bedford in the quarterfinals. On the eastern side, Neumann-Goretti will play Loyalsock Township.
The PIAA Class AA title game is 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Cathedral Prep of Erie, the District 10 winner, is the last western team remaining in Class AAA baseball and will face Harriton while Pope John Paul II plays Tamaqua in the semifinals.
The championship is 6 p.m. Friday.
As in AAA, there is just one western team left in Class AAAA with District 7 champ Seneca Valley set to play Conestoga. The other side of the bracket features Spring-Ford and LaSalle College.
The title game for Class AAAA is 1 p.m. Friday.
In Class AA softball, the semifinal in the west is a rematch of the District 6 championship. District champion Bald Eagle will play Philipsburg Osceola. The eastern side of the bracket features District 3 winner Susquenita against District 4 winner Central Columbia.
The softball championships are at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Park. The Class AA game starts the day at 10 a.m. Friday.
District 6 runner-up Claysburg-Kimmel is still alive in Class A softball and will play District 7 winner Neshannock in today’s semifinal in the west.
On the other side of the bracket in Class A, District 1 champion Bristol will face District 11-1 titlist Minersville.
The championship is 3 p.m. Friday.
In Class AAA softball, the semifinals feature District 7-3 Greensburg Salem playing Springfield Delco with Bethlehem Catholic facing Lansdale Catholic on the other side of the bracket.
The title game is 5:30 p.m.
District 9 champion DuBois faces Souderton on one side of the Class AAAA bracket with Parkland and Lower Dauphin squaring off on the other side.
The championship is 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Lantzy on the horizon: The 2014 Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Football game is set for 7 p.m. June 20 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
Somerset coach Bob Landis will serve as the South head coach. His assistants include Bob Miller of Somerset, Brian Fochtman of Berlin Brothersvalley, Stacy Schmitt, Tony Penna Jr. of Greater Johnstown and Saltsburg’s Jared McCormick. Dave Schleich of Somerset is the team coordinator.
Greg Page of Homer-Center is the North head coach. Page will be assisted by Mike Arone of Homer-Center, Kevin Marabito of Forest Hills, Joe Ridgeley of Bishop Carroll, Eric Misko of Penns Manor and Bill Corrente of Central Cambria. The team coordinator is Matt Rodkey of Homer-Center.