State Preview: Millcreek
League: Erie County, postseason champions
Millcreek will have the farthest trip of any team to this week’s state tournament, over four hundred miles to be exact. They’ll embark from Erie County in northwestern PA, and travel over seven hours to Boyertown in the southeastern part of the state. Despite the long trip, the team returns to Bear Stadium, the site of their first state tournament, primed for a run towards the championship.
Millcreek began the region eight tournament with a win over Warren County champion Corry Savings Bank, beating them 8-2. Unlike most of the other teams in this week’stournament, Millcreek did not drop their first game, or their forth in the throw away game. This time, Millcreek was downed by the host, St. Mary’s, who did better than any other regional host did this past week.
They bounced back in game ten, an elimination game, where they defeated Fox Township from Elk County, 7-4. Tuesday saw Millcreek’s offense break out forthe first time in the tournament, when they dropped a seventeen run outing on Meadville. St. Mary’s continued to take care of business when they topped New Castle in their throw away game. St. Mary’s entered the day needing to bebeaten twice for the regional title.
Millcreek’s offense did it again in game fourteen, as they outslugged St. Mary’s, handing them their first loss of the tournament,11-8. Just a few minutes later, the championship game commenced between the two teams. This time, it was all Millcreek, an eleven run victory, 13-2. Millcreek had bounced back to defeat the only team that had beaten them in the tournament, advancing again to Boyertown for the state tournament.
They will open up the state tournament on Tuesday with agame against region three champion Spring City, in game three of the day. It will be no easy feat for the northwestern PA team, as Spring City has proven themselves to be quite formidable so fart his postseason. If Millcreek can get by them, they’ll take on the winner of Danville and Pennridge in game seven.