Central, Punxsy to play at night
Claysburg, Glendale softball teams also in action Monday
Central baseball and Glendale softball will be playing PIAA semifinal games on Monday at District 6 sites, while Claysburg-Kimmel faces a long road trip for a chance to play for a state title.
The Scarlet Dragons, which lost in this round a year ago at PNG Field to eventual state champion Tyrone and won it all in 2017, will take on District 9 champion Punxsutawney in a PIAA Class 3A semifinal game at 1st Commonwealth Field in Homer City at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Central, which improved to 25-0 with a 7-1 win over District 10 champion Fairview, and Punxsutawney, which topped District 10 runner-up Franklin 6-4 in the quarterfinals, both played Bedford this season.
The Chucks needed to beat the Bisons in the postseason and came out on top, 2-0, in eight innings. Central beat Bedford twice on May 5 by a combined score of 30-0. The teams also both played Penns Valley this postseason with the scores much closer. Central beat the Rams in the District 6 title game, 7-1, and Punxsutawney topped them, 8-2, in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Central’s game against Punxsutawney will be aired on the radio by WTRN.
The winner of the Scarlet Dragons’ game against Punxsutawney will play either District 3 champion Lancaster Catholic or District 12 champion Neumann-Goretti for the PIAA Class 3A title at University Park’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
District 6 Class 1A softball runner-up Glendale, which is back in the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 1992, will play District 4 champion Montgomery at the Milesburg Little League Complex at 2 p.m. The Lady Vikings lost that game in 1992, 6-0, to eventual state champion Leechburg and will hope for better luck this season against Montgomery, which lost in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals by one run last season to eventual state champion Tri-Valley.
The winner of the Glendale-Montgomery game will play for the PIAA Class 1A championship at Penn State University’s Beard Field at 11 a.m. on Thursday against either District 10 champion Saegertown or District 9 champion DuBois Central Catholic.
Claysburg-Kimmel, the District 6 Class 2A softball runners-up, will try to do better than the District 6 champions, Southern Huntingdon, did against District 12 champion Conwell-Egan in a game at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg at 2 p.m. on Monday. Conwell-Egan topped the Lady Rockets, 7-5, and will play the Lady Bulldogs with a chance to play at Penn State University’s Beard Field at 11 a.m. on Friday for the state title on the line.
Claysburg-Kimmel or Conwell-Egan will play the winner of the all-WPIAL matchup on the other side of the bracket between Neshannock and Laurel.
In other games featuring District 5 champions on Monday, Everett’s baseball team will play District 3 champion Delone Catholic at Greene Township Park in Scotland at 3:30 p.m., and Southern Fulton baseball will take on District 9 champion DuBois Central Catholic at Mount Aloysius with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Mount Aloysius will also be the site for WPIAL third-place finisher Bethel Park’s game against District 3 fourth-place finisher Donegal in the 5A baseball semifinals at 4:30 p.m.
There will also be a pair of PIAA semifinal softball games at Saint Francis University.
District 9 champion Clearfield will take on WPIAL champion Beaver in the Class 4A semifinals at 2 p.m. and will be followed by District 6 champion Bald Eagle Area playing WPIAL champion Avonworth in a 3A semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
The 1992 Glendale High School softball team reached the PIAA semifinals.