The Bald Eagle Area softball team will play again in prime time at Penn State.
The Lady Eagles, fresh off a dramatic eight-inning District 6 triumph, will face Seton La Salle at 7 p.m. Monday in the final of three games at Nittany Lion Softball Park.
BEA is one of five Centre County softball and baseball teams which will be in action on Monday.
Also in softball, District 6 champions Bellefonte will face District 7 champ Thomas Jefferson at Baldwin High School. District 6 Class AA runner-up Philipsburg-Osceola tackles District 9 champion Moniteau at 5:30 p.m.in the second of two games at Clarion-Limestone High School.
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In baseball, District 6 Class AAAA champion State College opens against District 3 third-place finisher and Mid Penn Conference Commonwealth division rival Red Land at 4 p.m. at Penn State Altoona. Bald Eagle Area will face District 4 champion Loyalsockat 4 p.m. at Bowman Field in Williamsport.
The Lady Eagles (19-4) will be back in action following their 5-4 triumph against P-O at Beard Field on Wednesday.
“It feels awesome,” said Makenzie Proctor of heading back to Nittany Lion Softball Park, which also serves as site of the PIAA title games. “It means more fans can come out and support us and the more, the better,”
BEA will face Seton La Salle (13-3), which knocked off last season’s PIAA finalist Riverside 10-1 in the second round of the WPIAL Tournament. The Lady Rebels fell 10-1 to WPIAL runner-up Deer Lakes, but rebounded for a 3-2 win in five innings over Keystone Oaks in the third-place game to make the PIAAs.
Bellefonte (13-8) rolled over top-seeded Johnstown in the district title game. Thomas Jefferson (15-5) had a rough road through the WPIAL Tournament, winning 3-1, 3-2 and 4-3 before outlasting Mars 5-3 in nine innings in the title game.
Philipsburg-Osceola, a two-time PIAA champion and semifinalist last season, hopes to get back on track after Wednesday’s thriller against BEA. The Lady Mounties (19-5) draw an unbeaten foe. Moniteau (20-0) cruised through the postseason and thumped Karns City 7-1 in the District 9 title game.
The Little Lions (16-5) are coming off their second straight district title, beating Central Mountain 6-5 on Tuesday. They’ll face Red Land (15-9) for the third time this season after the Patriots edged Exeter 3-2 in nine innings in a state qualifier Thursday.
State College and Red Land split their regular-season meetings, with the Little Lions losing 5-4 and winning 3-1.
State College is making its second straight PIAA appearance. The Little Lions lost in the quarterfinals to Lower Dauphin last year.
Bald Eagle Area (14-7) is back in the PIAA tournament for the first time since 2009 after losing to Central 5-1 in the District 6 Class AA title game Tuesday. Loyalsock (19-5) beat Bloomsburg 7-4 to win its district title Friday.