Tigers, C-K earn 2 seeds
Hollidaysburg and Claysburg-Kimmel are the highest area seeds in the upcoming District 6 baseball playoffs, according to official brackets released by the district Monday.
The Golden Tigers will try to defend their Class AAA championship from the No. 2 position; Somerset is seeded first. Claysburg finished the regular season second to defending district champ Bishop McCort in Class A – the Bulldogs are looking for their first trip to the championship since 2007.
Altoona, the reigning Class AAAA champion, is seeded fourth this year. A total of 13 area squads entered the tournament, which is scheduled to open on Thursday with five Class AA contests and another game in Class A.
All games before the championships are at 4 p.m.
Hollidaysburg is slated to host the winner of the game between Johnstown and Obama Academy – District 8, or the Pittsburgh City League, is part of the 6-AAA field this season – on May 23. If the Tigers win that, they’ll advance to People’s Natural Gas Field for the finals against Somerset, Bellefonte or Huntingdon on May 30.
Claysburg opens by entertaining seventh-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle on May 20. The winner of that gets either sixth-seeded Juniata Valley or Conemaugh Valley in the semifinals.
Five of Thursday’s six games involve area schools. In Class AA, Tyrone is at fifth-seeded Bellwood-Antis, fourth seed Central hosts Southern Huntingdon, and Cambria Heights entertains Marion Center in an eight-vs.-nine game, while 11th-seed Northern Cambria treks to Ligonier Valley for an all-Heritage Conference first-round game. In Class A, Bishop Carroll travels to Saltsburg for the right to play McCort.
Altoona will be on the road to face No. 1 State College in the Class AAAA semifinals on May 23. Mifflin County and Central Mountain are the other two 6-AAAA entries, with the finals scheduled for May 29.
DISTRICT 6 PLAYOFFS
All games 4 p.m. unless noted:
CLASS AA FIRST ROUND
Marion Center (9) at Cambria Heights (8)
Tyrone (12) at Bellwood-Antis (5)
Southern Huntingdon (13) at Central (4)
Northern Cambria (11) at Ligonier Valley (6)
Penns Valley (10) at Mount Union (7)
CLASS A FIRST ROUND
Bishop Carroll (9) at Saltsburg (8)
MONDAY, MAY 20
CLASS AAA QUARTERFINALS
Huntingdon (5) at Bellefonte (4)
Johnstown (6) at Obama Academy (3)
CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
Marion Center/Cambria Heights winner at Blairsville (1)
Tyrone/Bellwood-Antis winner vs. Southern Huntingdon/Central winner
Northern Cambria/Ligonier Valley winner at Richland (3)
Penns Valley/Mount Union winner at Bald Eagle Area (2)
CLASS A QUARTERFINALS
Bishop Carroll/Saltsburg winner at Bishop McCort (1)
Homer-Center (5) at Portage (4)
Juniata Valley (6) at Conemaugh Valley (3)
Bishop Guilfoyle (7) at Claysburg-Kimmel (2)
THURSDAY, MAY 23
CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS
Altoona (4) at State College (1)
Central Mountain (3) at Mifflin County (2)
CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS
Huntingdon/Bellefonte winner at Somerset (1)
Johnstown/Obama Academy winner at Hollidaysburg (2)
CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
Tyrone/Bellwood-Antis/Southern Huntingdon/Central winner vs. Marion Center/Cambria Heights/Blairsville winner
Northern Cambria/Ligonier Valley/Richland winner vs. Penns Valley/Mount Union/Bald Eagle Area winner
CLASS A SEMIFINALS
Homer-Center/Portage winner vs. Bishop Carroll/Saltsburg/Bishop McCort winner
Juniata Valley/Conemaugh Valley winner vs. Bishop Guilfoyle/Claysburg-Kimmel winner
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
CLASS AAAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Semifinal winners, 4
CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
Semifinals winners, 7
THURSDAY, MAY 30
CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Semifinal winners, 4
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
Semifinal winners, 7