Action Heats Up as Regional Tournaments Reach Final Days
As the Regional Tournaments enter their final couple of days, teams around the states have positioned themselves for a coveted berth to the State Tournament next week in West Lawn.
In Region 2, perennial power Boyertown remains the lone undefeated team in the tournament at Nor-Gwyn, following an 8-3 win over Nazareth last night. Today, Nazareth will try to stay alive against Bux-Mont Champ Pennridge in an elimination game. Bath, which eliminated host Nor-Gwyn on Monday, will take on Boyertown in the nightcap. Boyertown defeated Bath 15-5 on the tournament's opening afternoon.
In Region 3, league rivals Spring City and Norchester will play an elimination game this afternoon at Norchester. Spring City, the defending state champ, stayed alive with a 20-16 victory over Philadelphia Champ Olney yesterday, while Norchester fell into the Losers' Bracket following an 18-4 mercy rule rout at the hands of lone unbeaten Bristol. Bristol, which has perhaps the most impressive offensive numbers in the state during regional play, will take on Whitpain tonight. Since winning the Lower Bucks title with two wins over Yardley on the last day, Bristol has been on an absolute tear.
In Region 4, York regular season champ New Oxford remains undefeated following a win over Red Land on Monday night. Red Land will try to stay alive on Tuesday when they take on Ephrata at Fredericksburg's Wenger Field. In the day's second game, New Oxford will match up with league rival Southwestern York, which is coming off of an 11-4 elimination bracket victory over past regional champ Hummelstown on Monday.
In Bloomsburg at the Region 5 Tournament, the Wyoming Valley League's domination of the bracket has continued. Back Mountain stayed undefeated with a 10-0 win over fellow league member Plains, which drops into the Losers' Bracket to take on Green Ridge this afternoon. Back Mountain will look to stay unbeaten when it matches up with Canton. Canton stayed alive with a 15-4 mercy rule win over West Branch champ Jersey Shore.
Out in Region 6, rain has hampered the tournament schedule. Blackhawk and Bethel Park were set to play this morning to complete their Winners' Bracket Final. Later today, Blackhawk will play New Brighton and Bethel Park will play Shaler, with the times to be determined by today's earlier result.
In the Region 7 Tournament at Bedford, West Hempfield stayed unbeaten with a 20-10 rout of Mifflin County on Monday. Mifflin County looks to bounce back today against the host Bedford Hurricanes, a team they defeated 10-0 in Saturday's opening round. West Hempfield will take on league rival Bushy Run, which needs a win to stay alive.
In Region 8, Millcreek continues to dominate Northwestern Pennsylvania legion baseball, as it has for the past several years. Millcreek is the tournament's lone unbeaten team, following a 6-1 win over host French Creek Valley. Today, Millcreek will take on league rival Albion/Edinboro, which stayed alive with a 15-3 defeat of Corry on Monday. The host Creekers will play Elk County rep Wilcox in the day's other contest, an elimination bracket matchup.
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