Bald Eagle Area and Philipsburg-Osceola are one win away from a historic fourth meeting between two Centre County softball rivals.
To make that happen, they’re both going to have to knock off a pair of district champions in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Softball Tournament on Thursday.
The District 6 champion Lady Eagles (20-4) will face District 10 champion Wilmington (17-3) at 1 p.m. at Slippery Rock University.
The District 6 runner-up Lady Mounties (20-5) tackle District 7 champion Beaver (17-0) at 4 p.m. at Saint Francis University.
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This season is the first time two Centre County teams have advanced from the District 6 Tournament. BEA and P-O split a pair of one-run decisions in the regular season before the Lady Eagles rallied for a 5-4 win in eight innings in the District 6 title game.
A fourth meeting between the two in the PIAA playoffs would be a first.
BEA has made a habit of playing dramatic games in the postseason. The Lady Eagles have won three eight-inning playoff games, including Monday’s 2-1 triumph over Seton LaSalle, the third-place finisher in District 7. Lady Eagle freshman Olivia Andrews doubled and scored the game-tying run in the seventh inning and plated the game-winner with a single in the eighth. Makennah Dyke pitched a three-hitter in the win.
Wilmington had its own thriller, knocking off WPIAL runner-up Deer Lakes 8-7. The Lady Greyhounds rallied from 4-0 and 7-4 deficits and scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the win. Deer Lakes committed six errors in the contest. Wilmington pitcher Kayleigh Shenker stranded the tying run at second base in the seventh.
Philipsburg-Osceola started poorly and trailed 6-3 before blowing away unbeaten and District 9 champion Moniteau 19-6 in five innings. The Lady Mounties batted around twice in the fourth, scoring 16 runs. Chelsey Henry drove in five runs with a pair of hits and Abby Showers cracked a three-run homer in the outburst.
Unbeaten Beaver cruised past District 5 champion Everett 6-0 in the opening round. Pitcher Casey Farkasovsky tossed a three-hitter and catcher Tayven Rousseau had two hits and drove in three runs for the Lady Bobcats.
The winners of Thursday’s two games will meet in the PIAA semifinals on Monday at a time to-be-determined.