Championship Wednesday Matchups
By the end of the day, seven teams will be crowned regional champion and head to the 2011 PA State Tournament to be held next week in West Lawn.
In Region 2, Pennridge played their way into the final day by scorching Nazareth's pitching staff to the tune of 19 runs in seven innings. What makes the feat all the more impressive is that the BuxMont League champions trailed for much of the game. Boyertown continued its undefeated run through the tournament with a rain soaked 4-1 victory over Bath. Pennridge and Boyertown will meet back at Hostelley Field at 1pm in game 14. Boyertown must be defeated twice on this final day.
In what could certainly be considered the day's biggest matchup, heated rivals Spring City and NorChester duked it out for a spot in the Region 3 tournament's final day. The two teams were both widely considered to be state championship contenders coming into the postseason. Spring City, who dropped two league tournament contests against NorChester, got the better of the Bulldogs this time around with a 10-4 win. Bristol continued their blistering offensive display in game thirteen as they put up another seventeen runs to win it 17-10 over Whitpain. Spring City will have to calm the state's top offense twice in one day if it hopes to have a shot at a state title defense.
Red Land kept their season alive yesterday afternoon with a close 8-7 victory over Ephrata. The Cumberland County representatives will get another chance to knock off New Oxford, who defeated Southwestern York by three in the day's second game. New Oxford, the tournament's lone unbeaten, must be defeated twice by Red Land on Wednesday for the Region 4 title.
In Region 5, Plains was able to bounce back and win a hard fought four run game over Green Ridge. Back Mountain continued its impressive offensive display at the tournament with a 12-9 win which eliminated Canton. Plains, who was defeated by ten in the winner's bracket final by league rival Back Mountain, will have to top them twice on Wednesday if they hope to return to the state tournament.
The winner's bracket final of the Region 6 tournament was postponed Monday due to rain. On Tuesday, Blackhawk topped Bethel Park by an 11-5 score to move on to the championship round. In the next game, a worn out Bethel Park was no match for Shaler. The hosts put up fourteen runs and ran away with a ten run victory. Blackhawk was one of just a few teams to drop their 'throw away' game on Tuesday when they were downed by three by New Brighton. New Brighton and Shaler will play in game fourteen for the right to take on Blackhawk for a trip to states.
Mifflin County, who was coming off a tough mercy rule defeat in the winner's bracket final, bounced back to take the first game of the day in the Region 7 tournament over Bedford. West Hempfield, the lone undefeated team to that point, was beaten by Bushy Run in game thirteen. Bushy Run and Mifflin County will square off this afternoon with a spot in the regional title game against West Hempfield on the line.
French Creek Valley, the Region 8 host, bounced back from a defeat a day earlier to defeat Wilcox in the day's first game. In a matchup between two Erie County League rivals, Albion/Edinboro gave Millcreek their first tournament loss by a score of 3-2. Albion/Edinboro and French Creek Valley will play this afternoon with the winner taking on Millcreek for the regional title.