The State College baseball and Philipsburg-Osceola softball teams garnered top seeds in their respective District 6 brackets when pairings were announced Monday.
The Little Lions (13-5) are the No. 1 seed in Class AAAA and will host No. 4 Altoona when the District 6 baseball tournament starts on May 23.
State College beat Altoona 6-0 in April. It was their lone meeting this season. The Little Lions, who had a nine-game winning streak snapped by Red Land on Monday, will try to improve on an early exit from last season’s district tournament. Then, the Little Lions entered as the No. 5 seed and lost to Central Mountain 7-6 in an opening-round game.
Meanwhile, defending district champion Philipsburg-Osceola (15-1) will host No. 16 seed Bishop McCort (6-10) when the Class AA softball tournament starts on Thursday. The Lady Mounties have not played the Crushers this season. P-O has been dominant this year. The Lady Mounties have not lost since a 7-6 defeat to Central Mountain on April 22. P-O has outscored its opponents 130-27 with five shutouts this season. In their last seven games the Lady Mounties have given up just six runs.
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Other local teams will join them in action. All games with the exception of finals are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts.
Bald Eagle Area (14-4) enters as the No. 2 seed in Class AA baseball action. The Eagles get a bye into the second round. BEA will play either 10th-seeded Penns Valley (8-9) or seventh-seeded Mount Union (14-4) on May 20. The Rams and Trojans will meet in Mount Union to decide BEA’s quarterfinal foe when the Class AA tournament starts on Thursday. The Eagles have not played the Trojans this season and split two games with Penns Valley.
BEA suffered a 9-0 loss to Blairsville in the first round last season. Blairsville is the No. 1 seed this year.
“We’re pleased with the two seed,” BEA coach Jim Gardner said. “We felt with the schedule we played, and playing up in competition, it helped us achieve that. There were a lot of good records out there.”
Bellefonte (7-7) returns to the District 6 Class AAA baseball tournament after missing the cut last season. The fourth-seeded Red Raiders will host No. 5 Huntingdon (8-8) on May 20. The winner of that game will face top-seeded Somerset (14-3) in the semifinals.
In softball, No. 3 Bellefonte (9-8) will try to claim its second straight District 6 Class AAA championship. The Lady Red Raiders’ title defense will start with a visit to No. 2 Somerset (10-7) on May 23. The two teams have not played this season.
Penns Valley and Bald Eagle Area join P-O in the Class AA bracket. The No. 13 Lady Rams (9-9) will face No. 4 Central (15-4) in the first round on Thursday at Central. The Lady Dragons were the district runners-up last season and beat Penns Valley twice in the regular season.
BEA (13-7) enters as the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Ligonier Valley (11-3) on Thursday. The two teams engaged in a memorable second-round game last season. Then, the Lady Eagles were down 5-0 in the seventh inning before they rattled off seven runs in the top of the frame to post a 7-6 win.