The Blairsville baseball team handled its business down the stretch in the regular season to garner the top seed in the District 6 Class AA playoffs.
The Blairsville softball team, meanwhile, squandered its chance to pluck the top seed in the Class AA playoffs. But the Bobcats still landed the No. 3 seed and could still win the Heritage Conference with a win over Ligonier Valley in their last regular season game today.
The Blairsville baseball team (14-1) earned a first-round bye and will play host to the winner of first-round game between Marion Center and Cambria Heights on Monday.
The Blairsville softball team (13-1), which dropped its first game of the year against Marion Center on Wednesday, will play host to 14th-seeded Huntingdon on Thursday.
In other Class AA baseball games Thursday, sixth-seeded Ligonier Valley welcomes 11th-seeded Northern Cambria, and ninth-seeded Marion Center travels to eight-seeded Cambria Heights.
Fourth-seeded Homer-Center received a first-round bye in the Class A baseball playoffs and plays host to fifth-seeded Portage in the second round Monday. Eighth-seeded Saltsburg plays host to ninth-seeded Bishop Carroll in the first round Thursday.
Also, in first-round Class AA softball playoff games Thursday, eighth-seeded Marion Center welcomes ninth-seeded Mount Union, and 10th-seeded Ligonier Valley travels to second-seeded Penn Cambria.
MARION CENTER 15, UNITED 0: Five Marion Center players finished with two hits or more in a rout of United in a Heritage Conference game that was called after four innings due to the mercy rule.
Hunter Stiteler paced Marion Center (9-6)?by going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Matt Shank went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Justin Tonkin finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Justin Shank singled twice and drove in two runs. Jake Bothell doubled and drove in three runs, and winning pitcher C.J. Stiles singled, doubled and drove in a run.
HOMER-CENTER 16, PENNS MANOR 1: Homer-Center raced to a big lead and then handcuffed host Penns Manor, outhitting the Comets 16-2 to earn a win in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Matt Jones finished 2-for-4 with a double and five RBIs for Homer-Center (12-6). Darren Carr singled twice and drove in four runs, Bryan Buzi singled three times and knocked in two runs.
Austin Fairman fired a two-hitter, striking out 11 and walking four.
HOPEWELL 1, DERRY 0: Second-seeded Hopewell used back-to-back hits in the seventh inning and manufactured a run to nip 15th-seeded Derry in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game at North Allegheny High School.
Derry concluded its season at 8-9.
LIGONIER 14, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 12: Needing a win to stay in contention for the conference title, visiting Ligonier Valley stormed back from a late deficit and plated eight runs in the seventh inning to outslug Northern Cambria for a win in a Heritage Conference game.
The winner of today’s game between Ligonier and Blairsville claims the conference title.
Maddy Grimm extended Ligonier Valley’s lead to 6-0 in the sixth inning when she belted a two-run homer.
But the Colts mounted a massive rally in the sixth, plating 12 runs on 10 hits to take a 12-6 lead.
The Rams answered in the seventh with eight runs on four hits, five walks and an error. Courtney Frappier drove in the game-winning runs by smacking a two-run homer.
Breanne Wallace and Grimm cobined for eight RBIs for Ligonier.
Jenna Lecorchick cracked a two-run homer to lead Northern Cambria.
MARION CENTER 19, UNITED 0: Marion Center ace Megan Risinger tossed a one-hitter and smacked a three-run homer in a win over host United in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Risinger struck out nine and walked none to notch her 14th complete-game win of the year.
Heidi Peterson finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Marion Center (14-3). Meagan Robinson had two hits and three RBIs, and Hanna Beer doubled in two runs.