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P-O baseball upends Steel Valley in first round of PIAA tournament

Philipsburg-Osceola’s Isaiah Dixon, seen here last week, broke Monday’s game open with a double. P-O defeated Steel Valley 3-1 to advance to Thursday’s PIAA quarterfinals.
Philipsburg-Osceola’s Isaiah Dixon, seen here last week, broke Monday’s game open with a double. P-O defeated Steel Valley 3-1 to advance to Thursday’s PIAA quarterfinals. adrey@centredaily.com

Philipsburg-Osceola had a flair for the dramatic Monday.

The Mounties were hitless for four innings before coming on strong late and grabbing the 3-1 win over Steel Valley in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A Baseball Championships at Butler. In the top of the sixth, P-O’s Isaiah Dixon broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double on a ball that traveled to the wall.

With the win, the Mounties (16-7) advance to the PIAA quarterfinals. They’ll take on Franklin, the District 10 champ, on Thursday at a time and venue to be determined.

Ryan Whitehead earned the win on the mound for Philipsburg-Osceola, and he also added an RBI single in the sixth to make it 3-0.

Steel Valley, the WPIAL champ, ends the season with a 13-9 overall record.

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