The State College baseball team will take its next step toward a state championship on Thursday.
The Little Lions (19-5) will meet Shaler (19-5) in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Commonwealth Field near Homer City.
The Titans, the third-place team from District 7 in the Pittsburgh area, upended district champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic 3-1 in the PIAA first round on Monday. State College dropped District 7 runner-up Norwin 4-3 in 10 innings Monday.
A win for the Little Lions on Thursday would leave them just one more win away from a berth in the state title game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park next week.
Due to soggy conditions over much of the state Monday and Tuesday, State College and Shaler are the only two teams to have won PIAA games in the Class AAAA baseball bracket. All other games have been postponed to Wednesday.